Since 1994, our Law Program in Japan has offered law students a unique opportunity to participate in a study-abroad experience that prepares the next generation of lawyers to practice in the global marketplace. In addition to studying Asian, international, and comparative law with an outstanding faculty composed of American and Japanese-educated professors, students are daily immersed in Japanese culture.  Interacting with peers from Japan and elsewhere promotes cultural understanding and provides students with long-term professional contacts. Living in Japan helps students to appreciate the vagaries of cultural differences and to develop skills that enable true cross-cultural cooperation. Ours is the only ABA-approved semester abroad program located in Asia.  J.D. students might also be able to take advantage of the opportunity to apply credits earned in Tokyo towards Temple’s LL.M. in Transnational Law.

Program Requirements

J.D. students wishing to attend the Semester in Japan Program must have completed their first year of study and be in good academic and disciplinary standing at an ABA-approved law school. Transnational LL.M. students may attend the program only in the spring semester.

J.D. students are encouraged to take Introduction to Japanese Law, but they are free to choose among the courses offered.  To ensure they meet all the requirements for their degree, we strongly recommend that J.D. students consult with the academic advisor and dean of students in their home law schools when selecting courses

The Curriculum

The curriculum consists of standard law courses and specialty courses focusing on international, comparative, and Asian legal studies. The specialty courses provide an in-depth understanding of the cultural underpinnings of Japanese and Asian law and expose students to current issues in transnational law and practice. Small class sizes offer students an opportunity to interact often with the faculty and other students. All classes are taught in English. In addition, we offer a non-credit Japanese Language course.

Course Offerings – Spring 2017

Comparative Corporate Governance (3 credits)
Comparative Immigration Law (3 credits)
Constitutional Law (3 credits)
East-West Negotiations (3 credits)
Evidence (3 credits)
International Contract Drafting (3 credits)
International Development and Policy Law (writing seminar) (3 credits)
International Taxation (2 credits)
Introduction to American Law (2 credits)
Introduction to Japanese Law (3 credits)
National Security Law (writing option) (2 credits)
Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
U.S. Bar Exam Study Course (no additional cost to 3L J.D. students)

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Academic Calendar – Spring 2017

  • October 7 (Friday) – November 11 (Friday) – Priority Registration for Spring 2017 Courses
  • January 9 (Monday) – Mandatory Orientation
  • January 10 (Tuesday) – First Day of Classes
  • January 23 (Monday) – Last Day for Course Add/Drop (for 3-credit law courses)
  • February 27 (Monday) through March 3 (Friday) – Spring Break
  • April 15 (Friday) Last Day of Classes
  • April 17 (Monday) through April 28 (Friday) – Final Exams

Japanese Language Instruction

To enroll in our program, students do not need to know any Japanese.  As even a little familiarity with the language may enhance understanding of the culture, we arrange Japanese language instruction at the University.

We offer two types of Japanese classes: Survival Japanese and Beginner Japanese.

You can register for Japanese language classes when you register for your other spring courses.

Japanese Language Study – Survival Japanese
This course is intended to give students with little to no Japanese language ability, basic speaking and listening proficiency to be able to live comfortably in Tokyo for the semester.

Dates and Times: Monday through Friday, January 10 – 30,1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Cost: $390
Level: Beginner

Japanese Language Study – Beginner Japanese
This course is intended for students with little to no Japanese language experience and will focus on Japanese speaking, reading, and writing.

Dates and Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, February 1 – 24, 12:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $390
Level: Beginner

Intensive Japanese language studies at the University
For those wishing to study Japanese in more depth or more intensively, the Continuing Education Program at Temple University, Japan Campus offers various advanced noncredit Japanese language courses. Please visit the following site for more information: If you would like to register for the courses offered in the Continuing Education Program, please email the Continuing Education Program administrative office at Temple University Japan at

Attendance & Grading Policy

Class Attendance:  Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the regularly scheduled class hours in a course to be considered in regular attendance. Faculty members may impose more stringent attendance requirements for a particular course by giving enrolled students reasonable advance notice of their specific attendance policies.

Grading:  Faculty are encouraged to use a target mean grade of 3.05 in all exam courses, with a range of grades such that at least 20% of grades are A- or above and at least 20% of grades are C+ or below. A mean of 3.00 to 3.10 complies with this policy. The target mean does not apply to writing seminars and guided research projects, but Faculty are urged to use a range of grades that reflect a range of performance in such courses.

A student’s home school determines whether to accept any credit or grade from any course taken in the program.


Temple University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). The semester in Japan is accredited by the ABA. Temple University Japan is designated as a foreign university under Japanese law.