October 8, 2009

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), inaugurated its Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in 1994. In the 15 years since, the majority of the program’s more than 190 alumni have been working as legal professionals in various fields. To commemorate the Law Program’s 15th anniversary, TUJ is inviting alumni of the program to attend a special symposium on the theme “Issues for International Lawyers in Japan,” to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 in Harumi, Tokyo.

In addition to TUJ alumni, the symposium is open to business professionals who are actively engaged in international issues in Japan. Attendees are sure to find the presentations highly topical, focused and relevant. A wide range of business professionals are expected to attend, providing a great opportunity for networking. Lawyers attending the symposium can also earn 3 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.(*1)

The Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia has a 114-year history of teaching law in the United States. It has long been recognized and ranked among the top law schools in the United States, known especially for its expertise in the fields of trial advocacy and legal research and writing.

At its Japan Campus, the Beasley School offers a selection of legal study courses, and is the only year-round American law program in Japan accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). In addition to offering a Master of Laws, to meet the various legal needs of Japanese society, TUJ also offers non-degree, preparation courses and certificate programs.

The 15th Anniversary Symposium has invited active lawyers and law school professors as keynote speakers and panelists to discuss such diverse topics as the roles of foreign lawyers and ethical issues in Japan; differences between Japanese and American legal systems and legal cultures; corporate governance and compliance; and intellectual property and Japan’s legal reform.

The symposium will emphasize the importance of these issues for people doing business in Japan as well as for lawyers. The symposium will also will be concerned with how corporations can best utilize foreign lawyers and their services.

(*1) About CLE (Continuing Legal Education)

  • In order to maintain their qualifications, all US lawyers are required to continue to take legal training even after they have passed the bar exam and start practicing. To receive this training certification, lawyers must earn a number of CLE credits annually. For example, in the state of New York, 32 CLE credits are required bi-annually. With its ABA-accreditation, TUJ Law School is one of a limited number of institutions in Japan offering regular CLE seminars.

TUJ Law School 15th Anniversary Symposium“Issues for International Lawyers in Japan”

Saturday, November 7
Harumi Ferry Terminal Event Hall
¥10,000 (¥8,000 if you register before October 30)
14:00-17:00 — Keynote addresses and panel discussion
18:00-20:00 — Networking reception

Registration is closed for this event.

Keynote Speeches and Panel Discussion Topics

  • Managing Cultural Differences in Attorney-Client Relations
  • The Ethics of Practicing as a Foreign Attorney in Japan
  • Law Reform & Building the Infrastructure for the Japanese Economy in the 21st Century

All speeches and discussions will be in English with no Japanese translation available. For more details, please visit our website.