The East Asian Legal Studies Program is committed to helping students achieve positive job outcomes and tap into professional opportunities in the region.
Program faculty work closely with the Office of Career & Professional Development and the Alumni Center to advise students on job strategies and networking, establish internship placement relationships, organize career events, and publicize jobs and internships, and connect student with alumni in the region.
UC Hastings has a large network of alumni with professional interests related to East Asia. Our graduates are leaders in private practice, business, government, public interest organizations, and academic institutions across the region. Alumni mentors volunteer to answer student questions, provide career-related advice, and help students bridge the gap between law school and practice.
Cooperative Intern Placement Relationships
The Program maintains cooperative intern placement relationships with several firms and institutions in East Asia.
Beijing Arbitration Commission. Students may apply to participate in an internship with the Beijing Arbitration Commission in their 1L or 2L summer. The internship is unpaid, but successful applicants are eligible to apply for a UC Hastings International Summer Internship Stipend.
Hitotsubashi Exchange Program. UC Hastings has an exchange relationship with Hitotsubashi University. Students may apply to spend a semester taking business law courses at Hitotsubashi and interning at a local employer. In the fall of 2014, UC Hastings exchange students interned at the Tokyo office of Davis LLP (a large Canadian firm) and at Oh-Ebashi (one of the largest firms in Osaka).
Yulchon LLC (Seoul, Korea). Yulchon is one of Korea’s largest corporate law firms and has established a paid summer internship opening for a qualified 1L or 2L at UC Hastings.
Taipei Bar Association Summer Internship. The Program signed a long-term cooperative agreement with the Taipei Bar Association in April 2015. As part of the agreement, the TBA has agreed to develop a new summer internship for a qualified UC Hastings student. The internship will be designed to help the student “understand the basic operation of the judicial system, legal practice, and role of the bar associations in Taiwan.” (Expected summer 2016).
Other Internship Resources
The Program maintains an Internet group called the Hastings Asian Law Network. This Internet group is open to all UC Hastings students, faculty and alumni. The group provides regular updates on jobs, internships, research opportunities, language training, and public events in or related to East Asia.
In addition to obtaining internships through the cooperative internship placement programs above, UC Hastings students have secured internships at a wide range of leading private firms, government institutions and non-governmental organizations in Asia (or with substantial interests in Asia).
Recent examples include AEA Investors (Hong Kong), Alcatel-Lucent (Shanghai), Alps Electric Co., LTD (Tokyo), Anderson & Anderson (Guangzhou), Bae, Kim & Lee (Seoul), Baker & McKenzie (Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Vietnam), Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Counseling and Service Center, Belton Burkhardt (Shanghai), Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa (Japan), BNG Advocates and Solicitors (Phnom Penh), Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (Chiang Mai), Bryan Cave (Shanghai), Carol Burdick & McDonough (Beijing), China Guangfa Bank, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Hong Kong), China National Petroleum, ChinaSF (San Francisco), CITIC Group Legal Office (Beijing, China), Civic Exchange (Hong Kong), Constitutional Court of Korea (Seoul), Davis Polk Wardwell (Beijing), DeHeng Law Offices (Beijing), DLA Piper (Hong Kong, Singapore), Donglin Law Group (Seoul), the ENN Group (Hebei, China), Formosan Brothers (Taiwan), Harango and Partners Law Offices (Tokyo), Hashidate and Associates (Tokyo), the Hong Kong Jockey Club Legal Services Department, Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong, Beijing), the Human Rights Center (Yangon), International Bridges to Justice (Beijing), IPG Legal (Korea), Jinhuaxing LLP (China), Junhe Law Firm (Shanghai), K&L Gates (Tokyo), Kim & Chang (Seoul), King & Wood (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai), Lee & Ko (Seoul), Lee & Li (Taipei), LCS and Partners (Taipei), Logos Law (Seoul), Mayer Brown JSM (Hong Kong), Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy (Hong Kong), Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Tokyo), Morrison Foerster (Tokyo), MWE Partners (Shanghai), O'Melveny & Myers (Hong Kong), Oh-ebashi (Tokyo), Pillar Legal (Pleasanton), PwC (Shanghai), Romulo (Philippines), Samsung Group (Seoul), Shearman & Sterling (Hong Kong, Tokyo), Shin and Kim (Seoul), Sullivan & Cromwell (Melbourne), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (San Francisco), Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok), TowersWatson (China), TransAsia Lawyers GKJ (Tokyo), White & Case (Beijing), Yoon & Yang (Seoul), Yingli Green Energy Americas (Fremont, California), and other firms and institutions.
Job Outcomes for Recent Graduates
Numerous recent J.D. graduates have leveraged their academic work and participation in internships, exchanges, and other programs to secure full-time legal employment located in or related to Asia. Here are ten examples:
Jonathan Hiroshi Rossi ('09), Managing Partner and Founder, The CJK Group. Mr. Rossi leveraged his law degree and experience in Asia to found The CJK Group. The company provides Asian-language litigation support and eDiscovery services to a growing group of multinational firms with business in Asia.
Ashley Chow (’10) Associate and Registered Foreign Lawyer, Mayer Brown, Hong Kong. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Ms. Chow practiced for three years in the securities group at Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office.
Jenny Ma ('10) Legal Counsel, Volkswagen Group, Beijing. As a law student, Ms. Ma participated in the Peking University Law School exchange and interned at the Beijing Arbitration Commission. Prior to joining VW China, she worked at King & Wood’s Beijing office.
Delida Wong ('11) Associate, Hogan Lovells, Beijing. Ms. Wong assists international entities to establish and develop business operations in China. As a student at UC Hastings, Ms. Wong participated in the Peking University Law School student exchange.
Grace Young-Jo Lee ('12) Foreign Attorney at Yulchon LLC, Seoul. While a student at UC Hastings, Ms. Lee interned at Kim & Chang (Seoul) and Baker & McKenzie (Beijing and Hong Kong).
Joon Seok Hong ('12) Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, Melbourne, Australia and Fellow, Korea Studies Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. Mr. Hong’s corporate practice is focused on Asia. As a law student, Mr. Hong served as a clerk at the Constitutional Court of Korea.
Nolan Shaw (’12) Corporate Associate, Hogan Lovells, Beijing. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Mr. Shaw served as an associate attorney in the corporate department of Zhong Lun, one of China’s largest domestic law firms. As a UC Hastings student, Mr. Shaw interned at Anderson & Anderson in Guangzhou, studied Chinese for a year in the IUP Program at Tsinghua University, and served as a research assistant for Professor Keith Hand.
Hilary Briscoe ('13) Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ms. Briscoe works on corporate governance issues.
Stephen Lim (’14) Corporate Associate, Perkins Coie, Palo Alto. Mr. Lim works in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Mr. Lim served as an associate with Pillar Legal PC. Pillar Legal is a boutique law firm that provides legal services to emerging technology companies with interests in both China and the United States. As a UC Hastings student, Mr. Lim participated in the UC Hastings Startup Legal Garage.
Daigo Takahashi ('14) Law Clerk, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Tokyo. Mr. Takahashi works in MoFo’s Tokyo office, where he interned during his 2L summer. Fluent in Japanese, he was actively involved with the Hastings International & Comparative Law Society.
Recent Career Building Events
The Program organizes regular career building events focused on East Asia. Examples from 2009 to 2015 are listed below.
The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program held an information session on internships in Asia. Professors Setsuo Miyazawa and Keith Hand introduced UC Hastings cooperative intern placement programs and numerous other summer internship opportunities in Asia. Students who interned in Asia in summer 2015 discussed their work at the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Hong Kong), Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok), Yoon & Yang (Seoul), Yulchon (Seoul), Shin & Kim (Seoul), and Oh-ebashi (Tokyo).(November 2015)
Nolan Shaw (‘12), Corporate Associate in the Beijing office of Hogan Lovells, held a lunch meeting and one on one meetings with students to discuss strategies for entering the Chinese legal market. (October 2015).
David Lyman (‘65), Chairman and Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, and Jeff Layman (‘97), Partner in the Beijing Office of Baker Botts, met with students for lunch, introduced their firms, and provided advice on launching legal careers in Asia. (September 2015).
UC Hastings Graduate Nolan Shaw, Corporate Associate at the Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing, discussed his China practice and strategies for securing jobs and internships in China. (November 2014)
Greg Pilarowski visited the Introduction to Chinese Law course, gave a presentation on variable interest entities in China, and discussed his experience representing foreign investors in China. Mr. Pilarowski is the founding partner of Pillar Legal, a boutique law firm with offices in Shanghai and the Bay Area. (October 2014)
The Career Office hosted a panel on intellectual property careers in Asia. Panelists included Janet Xiao, Partner in the Life Science Group at Morrison Foerster; Song Zhu, Partner at Hogan Lovells; and Preetam Shingavi, Associate at Arnold and Porter. (March 2013)
UC Hastings graduate Jenny Liu, Partner in the Beijing office of Sheppard Mullin, held a forum with students on practicing law in China. (January 2012)
UC Hastings graduate Jeff Layman, Partner in the Beijing office of Baker Botts, led a meeting on U.S.-China cross-border investment in the energy sector and discussed strategies for building a legal career in China (November 2011).
The Career Office hosted a panel discussion on intellectual property careers in Asia. Panelists including Janet Xiao, Partner in the Life Science Group at Morrison Foerster, and Song Zhu, Partner at Squire, Sanders. (November 2011)
Adjunct Professor Eric Sibbitt and Professor Setsuo Miyazawa hosted an open forum titled “What Can American Lawyers Do in Tokyo?” (September 2011)
The Chinese Law and Culture Society at UC Hastings hosted a panel on law and practice in China. Panelists included Howard Chen, Partner at K&L Gates; Linda Zhou, Managing Associate at Orrick; and Yue Zhu, Associate at Morgan Lewis. (March 2011)
UC Hastings hosted a forum on exploring legal careers in Japan led by UC Hastings graduate Keith Suzuka. Mr. Suzuka was Head Foreign Attorney with Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Tokyo office. (April 2009)