Spring Semester in Tokyo

    Thank you for your interest in Temple University's law school's spring semester study abroad program at the Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo. If, after reading all the material on this website, you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Law Program. Many of your questions can also be answered in the Japan Pre-departure Manual.

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    Message from the Director

    Welcome! Would you like to learn how to practice law in a world where, increasingly, transactions and disputes cross borders?  Might career paths outside the U.S. interest you?  Would living, studying, and, perhaps, gaining some work experience for a semester in one of the world's most exciting and safest cities appeal to you?  For an experience that will truly distinguish you, join us next spring in Tokyo where we operate the only semester-long program in Asia open to J.D.s from all ABA-accredited law schools.

    You don't need to speak Japanese—though if you want to learn, you can take classes.  And, if your skills are up to it, you can even take a class taught in Japanese, Current Issues in Japanese Law.  All our other classes are in English.  While you stay on track for the bar exam by enrolling in Professional Responsibility, Unincorporated Business Associations, or Trusts & Estates, you can hone your practical skills in courses such as International Contract Drafting or East-West Negotiation taught by seasoned international practitioners. As your classes will be small, you will quickly get to know all your professors and the other students. If you want some work experience, we will help you try to find an internship.  

    While taking classes, going on field trips, attending networking events, and simply enjoying Tokyo, you will form life-long friendships with both J.D. students from schools all over the U.S. and LL.M. students from Japan and elsewhere.  You will build a global contact list of fellow professionals that you can tap throughout your professional and personal lives.  

    In Tokyo, you will never run out of things to do.  You can watch for free the street scene, a fashion catwalk unmatched in any other city.  Even on a tight budget, you will find great places to eat ramen, sushi, curry, pizza, and many other cuisines in a city that has three times as many restaurants as Paris and New York.  Tokyo also abounds in clubs and live houses to suit all your musical tastes.  It also, of course, has innumerable museums and all the other major cultural attractions that you would expect in a global capital.  And should you want to escape, you can always spend a week or so during spring break or after the semester ends traveling to a quieter, rural Japan or, since much of the rest of Asia is only a short hop away −Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Bali.  

    So if you want an experience that will almost certainly be the highlight of your time in law school, that will be grounded in the practical, that will give you some insight into alternative career paths, come to Tokyo next spring.   

    Please let me know if you have any questions, mccarthy@temple.edu  I'll respond with an email or a phone call, whichever you prefer. 

    I look forward to welcoming you in January.

    Yours sincerely,

    Finbarr McCarthy, J.D., Ph.D.
    Director & Associate Professor of Law
    The Beasley School of Law at Temple University
    Japan Campus
    4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku
    Tokyo 108-0073, Japan

    Phone: +81-3-5441-9841
    Fax: +81-3-5765-2517

    Student Perspectives

    Photo-Joseph Labolito

    Han Lee
    3rd year student at Temple Law

    Studying in the J.D. semester-abroad
    program at TUJ was instrumental in
    helping me launch my career. At TUJ,
    I was able not only to get a great legal
    education from the faculty, but also to
    interact with professors, agents, and
    other professionals in Japanese
    baseball. This experience gave me the
    knowledge and connections needed to
    develop Global Sporting Integration,
    LLC, (GSI), a company that Temple
    Law Professor Kenneth A. Jacobsen
    (seated at right), former Temple Law
    Professor N. Jeremi Duru, and I formed
    to assist professional baseball players
    from Asian countries successfully
    transition to the U.S.

    David Thomas
    2nd year student (former evening student) at Temple Law

    Kadija Deen
    3rd year student at Temple Law

    Manishi Rodrigo
    3rd year student at Temple Law