Temple University Japan

Accepting Applications | April 1 – October 31

The world, many say, is becoming a smaller place.  Perhaps — but not the world of cross-border legal practice — it’s rapidly expanding.  No matter how domestic a legal career you anticipate (whether advising businesses or practicing in such seemingly insulated areas as family law and estate planning) you will, almost inevitably, grapple with foreign law.  Even small businesses will increasingly explore supply and distribution contacts abroad. And as one fourth of U.S. children have a parent born elsewhere, transnational issues will much more frequently arise.  These children, dual citizens, probably visit their parents’ homelands and may go to school or college there, maybe even marry someone from there.  They may open bank accounts, invest, buy or inherit property, get medical treatment and, eventually, retire there. Legal complications are inevitable. So no matter your career focus, opportunities to develop an international component do abound.

So why not study with us in Tokyo next spring?  Rather than spend yet another semester in a familiar place and settled routine, why not discover what career opportunities the wider world might offer?  In the only semester-abroad program in the entire non-English speaking world open to all J.D. students, you’ll get a much better idea whether practicing abroad or perhaps developing an international niche in the States is for you.  Studying in our spring program in Tokyo will

  • Improve your resume by adding an impressive qualification
  • Show employers that you can adopt an open-minded, flexible approach to problem solving
  • Give you an excellent and practical legal education.

Maybe you are not now curious about international practice.  Even so, your fifteen weeks with us in Tokyo will teach you far more about yourself than would that same time in the States.  In a very different place and culture, you’ll discover how you respond to new challenges.  You’ll soon spot and consider the dormant assumptions you rely on when you evaluate, communicate, and deal with people.

In Tokyo, you’ll never be bored, never run out of things to do.  Unmatched in any other city, the fashion catwalk that is the Tokyo street scene is free to watch and, with a little imagination, take part in.  Even on a tight budget, you’ll find great places to eat ramen, sushi, sashimi, soba, udon, curry, pizza, and other gourmet fare in a city with three times as many restaurants as in Paris and in New York.  Tokyo abounds in clubs, live houses, and concert halls to suit all musical tastes.  It also has innumerable museums and all the other major cultural attractions of a global capital.  Should you want a change of pace, during spring break or after the semester, you can travel to a quieter, rural Japan or take the short hop to Korea, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, or Bali.

So, for an experience that will almost certainly mark the highlight of your time in law school, that will be grounded in practical education, and that will perhaps prompt you to consider alternative career paths, study with us in Tokyo next spring.  As we are not an exchange program, J.D. students are essential to our core mission in Tokyo.  We promise to try to make your time with us as productive as possible.

Download Pre-Departure Manual (PDF)
-Spring 2021 version will be posted soon-