Academic Program & Curriculum

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 2021 (tentative)

  • Advising Multinational Companies on Global Legal Issues (3 cr.)
  • East-West Negotiations (3 cr.) (meets skills requirement)
  • Global Workplace: Comparative Employment Law (3 cr.) (meets writing or research requirement)
  • International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation (3 cr.)
  • International Contract Drafting (3 cr.) (meets skills requirement)
  • International Investment and Trade (3 cr.)
  • International Law and Public Health (2 cr.)
  • Introduction to Japanese Law (3 cr.)
  • Professional Responsibility (3 cr.)
  • Property Law (3 cr. FLLM students only)
  • Guided Research (2 or 3 cr.) (meets writing or research requirement)

Non-Credit Course Offerings

U.S. Bar Exam Study Course (no additional cost to 3L  J.D. students)
Beginning Japanese Language

Note: The Schedule is subject to change.

Japanese Language Instruction

We arrange a beginner Japanese language course at the University. You can register for this class when you register for your other spring courses.

Academic Calendar – Spring 2021

  • Mandatory Orientation: Friday, January 8
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, January 11
  • Spring Break: Monday, March 1 – Saturday, March 6
  • Last Day of Classes: Saturday, April 17
  • Final Exams: Monday, April 19 – Wednesday, April 28

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.