Temple has long recognized the value of a global legal education. We have close to a dozen faculty members focused on teaching international law subjects and our curriculum is both diverse and deep, with multiple sections of the introductory course in international law a well as upper-level electives on international human rights, law and development, international criminal law treaties, and international trade, among others.
At Temple, you can do more than just read about legal practice around the world; you can live it. We have one of the nation’s oldest summer study abroad programs in Rome, Italy, and the only semester-long U.S. study abroad program in Tokyo, Japan. Temple also offers the only U.S. graduate level law program in Beijing, China, and our extensive exchange program includes schools in Ireland, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland.
Our students find Temple a place to share common interests and a commitment to the rule of law, an interest that often generates lasting professional and personal relationships. Temple provides you with the chance to study and experience our increasingly globalized legal community – one that requires lawyers to understand not only state and federal rules and regulations, but how other legal systems and cultures operate.
The International Law program at Temple Law has consistently been ranked among the top 15 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report. Temple Law delivers a truly global legal education, with opportunities for international study that are simply unavailable at other schools and opportunities at home to gain a deeper understanding of how international issues impact daily practice in almost every other field of law.
- Temple has the first and only ABA-approved law program in Japan.
- More than 20% of our students participate each year in our Global Scholars program, studying at our Rome and Tokyo campuses or at prestigious law schools around the world through our extensive exchange program.
- More than 75% of our students participate in at least one international law class during their time at Temple Law.
- Temple Law offers many opportunities for international law scholarship, competition, and networking. Our students edit and publish the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, which contains both student and outside scholarship; compete in the prestigious Jessup International Moot Court Competition; and become members of the International Law Society.
International Law Curriculum
The Global Scholars Program
At Temple Law, we believe that a truly global legal education requires a truly global program. That’s why we’ve created the Global Scholars Program, which offers opportunities for immersive experiences through summer, semester, and graduate programs in nearly every corner of the globe.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Summer Session in Italy | Temple University Rome
Temple University Rome campus has hosted a summer session law program for more than thirty years. Classes are taught by full-time Temple Law professors, visiting professors, and prominent Italian attorneys, judges, and legal scholars who have been associated with Temple’s program for many years. Typically beginning in early June and concluding in early July, this program is designed to give students the flexibility to study abroad in the beginning of the summer, yet allows sufficient time for summer employment abroad or in the U.S. before the start of the fall semester.
Semester Abroad in Japan | Temple University Japan
As the only American Bar Association accredited spring semester-long law program in Asia, the Japan program offers second- and third-year J.D. students from Temple and other U.S. law schools a truly unique study abroad experience. Classes are taught in English by expert Temple law faculty and practicing U.S., Japanese, and international attorneys. J.D. students join approximately 65 local LL.M. students from Japan and all over the world. This interaction with Japanese peers is an extremely important aspect of the program as it promotes cultural understanding and provides students with long-term professional contacts. With a Temple-sponsored student visa, students may work in legal or non-legal capacities while in Tokyo. In past years, one-half to two-thirds of students secured part-time jobs, both paid and unpaid, with law firms, corporations, and non-profit organizations while at Temple University – Japan (TUJ).
Semester Abroad in China | Tsinghua University
Temple’s partner in China, Tsinghua University, launched an English-language LL.M. program in Chinese law in 2005. The fall semester is open to J.D. students as a semester study abroad program. Courses are conducted in English and taught by Tsinghua University faculty and visiting legal scholars. In the fall semester, five courses on various areas of Chinese law are offered. Students are advised to begin with the spring semester program in Japan and perhaps complete a summer internship before heading to Beijing in the fall.
Semester Abroad Exchange Partners
The program offers participating Temple students the opportunity to study Irish, international, and European Union law at Cork with B.C.L. and LL.M. students from Ireland, Europe, and elsewhere in the U.S.
Temple Law students who participate in the program have the opportunity to study international, Israeli, and Middle Eastern law at Tel Aviv University with students from Israel, Europe, and around the world.
Founded in 1636 and located close to Amsterdam and The Hague, this program allows Temple students to take courses in human rights, business, international and European Law, taxation, and international criminal law.
This is a public university, and part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany’s leading research universities. With more than 40,000 students and over 130 fields of study, it is Germany’s third largest university and one of the foremost centers of German intellectual life.
Located in the vibrant National Capital Region of Delhi, Jindal Global Law School, part of O.P. Jindal Global University, imparts a rigorous and multi-disciplinary legal education with a view to producing world-class legal professionals, scholars, and public servants.
Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Inter American University School of Law was established in 1961 as an evening program with nine professors and 200 students. From such modest origins, the School of Law has grown to become a major option for the study of law in Puerto Rico.
Located in one of the premier destinations in Switzerland, The Lucerne University School of Law offers a curriculum based on the Bologna Model with faculty supporting students in small tutorial groups and maintaining personal contact between the lecturer and the student.
Individual Exchange Programs
Individualized study abroad programs enable Temple Law students to study in a region or country not served by one of Temple’s study abroad programs. Temple students may, with faculty approval, design or identify an appropriate curriculum at a foreign university. In previous years, Temple Law students have studied in Australia, China, Turkey, Germany, Hong Kong, Panama, and other locales around the world.
J.D. / LL.M. in Transnational Law
Advances in telecommunications and transportation have created a demand for lawyers who can practice in a global environment. Multinational corporations have become the rule, rather than the exception, and the practice of law is no longer limited by national borders. Moreover, many of the most rapidly expanding areas of practice including the law of cyberspace, intellectual property, and environmental law are inherently transnational. For all of these reasons, Temple’s faculty designed the Transnational Law curriculum to ensure that our graduates will have the skills and knowledge to compete successfully in the twenty-first century. Our graduates will be knowledgeable about international legal doctrines, adept at dealing with multiple legal systems, and familiar with other cultures.
Transnational Law LL.M. candidates must complete the three-credit International Law survey course plus 24 credits of elective international and comparative law courses, including at least one course in which a scholarly paper is produced. Some of these credits must be earned at one or more of Temple’s international campuses.
Current Temple J.D. students who have completed their second year of law studies may apply for entry into the J.D./LL.M. program. Students who apply before graduation from the J.D. program may count up to 12 credits of international course work from their J.D. studies towards the LL.M. Students may complete the remaining credits in as little as one additional full-semester or several part-time semesters in Philadelphia, Rome, or Tokyo.
Institute for International Law and Public Policy (IILPP)
Temple’s Institute for International Law & Public Policy (IILPP) provides rich opportunities for students, professors, and members of the legal and policy-making communities to engage with one other in a robust exploration of the relationship between international law and public policy.
China Rule of Law Programs
Temple Law has unparalleled expertise in, experience with, and access to Chinese law, Chinese lawyers, and the Chinese legal system. Temple Law’s initiatives in China are premised on a collaborative relationship with our Chinese partners and designed to develop carefully-selected legal professionals who will make significant contributions to the rule of law in China. Temple accomplishes these goals through three distinct initiatives: the Beijing Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program in collaboration with Tshingua University; non-degree education programming for judges and prosecutors; and scholarly roundtables and capacity building workshops in health law and experiential education. Additionally, J.D. students have the opportunity to spend a semester in Beijing to learn about the legal system and culture of China at Tsinghua Law School’s study abroad program for foreign law students.