NOTE: The Japan semester abroad application deadline and the certificate of eligibility application (COE) deadline have both been extended to October 31st!
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
2L, 3L, LLM
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Since 1994, Temple's Law Program in Japan has offered law students a unique opportunity for a meaningful study abroad experience designed to prepare 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 immersed in the Japanese culture every day. Student interaction with peers from Japan and other parts of the world is an extremely important aspect of the Program as it promotes cultural understanding and provides students with long-term professional contacts. Living in Japan helps students to understand the depth of cultural differences and develop the essential skills for true cross-cultural cooperation. This is the only ABA-approved semester abroad program located in Asia. Some students have taken advantage of the opportunity to apply credits earned in Tokyo during their J.D. studies towards Temple's LL.M. in Transnational Law.
J.D. students who wish to attend the Semester in Japan must have completed their first year of study and be in good academic and disciplinary standing at an ABA-approved law school. The Program is also open year-round to students pursuing Temple's LL.M. in Transnational Law.
J.D. students are encouraged to take Introduction to Japanese Law, but are free to choose from any of the courses offered. We strongly recommend students consult with their home law school's academic advisor and/or dean of students when selecting courses to ensure they meet all the requirements for their degree.