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Message from the Director
W e l c o m e !
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 when we will celebrate our 20th anniversary as 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 other classes are in English. While you stay on track for the bar exam by enrolling in Professional Responsibility, Evidence, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll respond with an email or a phone call, whichever you prefer.
I look forward to welcoming you in January.
Finbarr McCarthy, J.D., Ph.D. Director & Associate Professor of LawThe Beasley School of Law at Temple UniversityJapan Campus4-1-27 Mita, Minato-kuTokyo 108-0073, JapanPhone: +81-3-5441-9841Fax: +81-3-5765-2517
David Thomas2nd year student (former evening student) at Temple Law
Kadija Deen3rd year student at Temple Law
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