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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/28/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/29/2017 06/20/2017
NOTE: Internships begin 6/26/2017. Specific ending dates will be arranged with individual employers. A mandatory orientation session will occur either the night before the program begins or on the first day of class. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements as not all dates have been finalized. Full tuition payment due April 15, 2017. The non-refundable deposit is $300 per program and an additional $700 for an internship.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:
Summer Abroad in Tokyo, Japan 

 Classes | Internships | Fees & Financial Aid | Housing | Exploring The Area | Travel Information | Testimonials | Contact Us

Mix & Match: Students may be placed in internships with top law firms and corporations in Tokyo or Seoul, South Korea. Alternatively, students may choose to continue on with their studies in Geneva or Oxford. 

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Classes: Doing Business in Japan (4 units), Japanese Patent and Copyright Law (1 unit, optional)Tokyo2

Doing Business in Japan (Required – 4 units): There are three components that constitute the singular core class of Doing Business in Japan.The program begins with an introduction to the Japanese Legal System, which in the past has been taught by Professors Taniguchi and Abe. Students will explore court structures and basic principles of the civil law as adopted in Japan. The following weeks will include a lecture on Regulation of International Trade (in the past taught by Professor Matsushita) and an introduction to international contracts and financing by Professor Jimenez.  The classes will be held at the Asia Center of Japan. The students will be evaluated by an examination administered by each professor. 

Site may visits include:
  • National Diet (parliament)
  • Supreme Court
  • National Patent Office

Japanese Patent and Copyright Law (Optional – 1 unit): This optional course is for students who want to explore more deeply the Japanese intellectual property law system, comparing Japanese and U.S. systems, primarily patent and copyright law. This course is typically held at the office of the instructor. The class will likely be held in the evenings. The class will be taught by Professor Yoshiyuki Inaba, Senior Partner at TMI Associations, Tokyo Office. 

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Internships: Tokyo or Seoul (3-4 units)

Tokyo Internships: Internship placements will be arranged in Tokyo law firms, which have international law practices. Additionally, a limited number of internships may be arranged in corporate law departments at well-known Japanese corporations. Placements do not require knowledge of the Japanese language. However, bilingual students are in demand and may find a wider range of placement opportunities.

Seoul Internships: Internships are available in premier Korean law firms and corporations, including many specializing in intellectual property and in international transactional work.

Students gain practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a legal professional in the host country, while receiving invaluable integration into the legal culture of the country and make invaluable professional contacts. The expectation of an intern is full-time work from the period of the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more a week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each internship unit of credit. Priority of internship placements is established in the order in which a student’s completed application and deposit payment are received. 

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable deposit of $700 for an internship (if applicable)  is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1,000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.
In example, for 4 units of class the total is $4,000 and an additional $4,000 for an internship (if you select this option), for a total of $8,000.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for  financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information). Financial Aid goes through a student's home institution. A consortium agreement is setup between the home institution and Santa Clara University.


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during classes and the internship period. Students typically stay at the Asia Center of Japan (8-10-32 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan), where classes are held. Each year, the Center blocks some rooms for students of the program. Information about how to reserve a room at the Asia Center of Japan will be provided by the Program Director. Students are responsible for paying for their individual reservations. The 2015 pricing was as follows: 5/30-7/1 Single (new building) @ 7,000 JPY/night  (included free breakfast coupon), Twin sharing (new building) @ 6,000 JPY/night/person. Rates may fluctuate depending on current exchange rates. This includes a free breakfast coupon. The cafeteria at the Asia Center serves good, inexpensive food. Prior participants have enjoyed dining at this cafeteria as well as many other restaurants, since there are a wide variety of restaurants in Tokyo.

Santa Clara University does not endorse any housing provider or have any relationship with any housing provider and students should thoroughly research their housing options.  

Exploring The Area

Travel within Japan is convenient and efficient. The famous “bullet trains” make all of Japan accessible. Cost of transportation is reasonable when Japan Rail passes are purchased in the United States prior to departure. Tokyo presents an almost limitless panorama. This city of shrines is home not only to the Imperial Palace surrounded by the splendor of its gardens, but is also recognized for its Ginza district and skyscrapers. In addition, students may take the opportunity to explore China, Korea, and Southeast Asia before or after the scheduled program. Whether your interests lean toward sightseeing in cities like Kyoto, Nikko, Osaka, or Hiroshima, or you seek the adventure of climbing Mt. Fuji, the opportunities to enrich your experience are boundless in the Tokyo Study Abroad Program.

Travel Information

AXA/ACE Travel Assistance Program Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Traveling with Disabilities in Japan


Summer 2016 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.71 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

"I had a wonderful time with the SCU Abroad in Tokyo Program this summer. The courses were engaging, the professors were honest and knowledgeable, and the tours to the various government facilities (i.e. the National Diet, Japan's Trademark and Patent Office) were quite insightful. The reading materials provided were quite concise, interesting, and very easy to digest. I enjoyed learning about the legal challenges facing a society formed around a history that was starkly different to that of the United States. The program director was consistently informative in terms of the requirements of the program, when the program students were to meet for tours, and how the classes and internships were going to be conducted. The professors and the program director in Japan were wonderful people and made me feel welcome in Japan. My overall experience in Japan has opened my eyes to the possibility of pursuing a profession in international law with an emphasis on U.S.-Japan international trade relations." Anonymous, SCU (2016)

"Adding to the amazing contacts I made and the immersive culture experience, I was pleased by the quality of the law classes offered by SCU Law in Tokyo. I was enriched as much academically as culturally. It was also a wonderful time to interact with other future attorney from around the United States who share a common interest and a common curriculum for the summer. Friendships made during such a formative experience imbued this program with unique multidimensional networking value. Furthermore the connections available to the SCU Tokyo/Seoul program are truly unique and cannot be found elsewhere. My mentorship and large-firm training were high-quality and indispensable. I cannot recommend this program enough." J. Gabriel "Gabe" Ballard, SCU (2015)

“I finally got real, hands-on experience researching law, writing memos, and interacting with lawyers. I could not ask for a better experience.” Eric S., St. Mary’s SOL (2012)

“All of the professors were effective in communicating the concepts to the class.” Anonymous, Valparaiso Law School (2011)

“Getting to speak with a House of Rep congressman was highlight of my trip!” Anonymous, Santa Clara University (2011)

Contact Us

Tokyo Program Directors: Professor Donald Polden
The Center for Global Law and Policy:

Tokyo, Japan Enrollment limit: 35

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