Program faculty members believe that it is essential for students interested in legal careers related to East Asia to experience East Asian legal systems and legal cultures firsthand, improve their language skills, and build a network of on-the-ground professional relationships that will nourish them in their future careers. To advance these important goals, the Program has established exchange relationships with leading law schools in China, Japan, and Korea.
Exchange Programs in Japan
UC Hastings maintains two exchange programs with leading schools in Japan. Students may apply to spend a semester at Waseda University Law School in the fall or spring semester of their second or third year. Exchange courses at Waseda are offered in English. Students may also apply to study business law in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, one of Japan’s leading business schools. This exchange is offered only in the fall semester, and courses are in English. Students participating in the Hitotsubashi exchange are eligible to participate in Hitotsubashi’s internship program. In the fall of 2014, Hitotsubashi 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).
Exchange Programs in China
Students interested in the Greater China region may participate in UC Hastings exchange programs at one of three leading law schools in Mainland China and Taiwan: Peking University Law School, Shanghai Jiaotong University KoGuan School of Law, and the National Taiwan University College of Law. UC Hastings students may apply to spend a semester at one of these law schools in either the fall or spring semester of their second or third year. Courses in all three programs are offered in English. Some Mandarin Chinese skills are recommended, but they are not required.
Exchange Programs in Korea
Students interested in Korea may participate in the UC Hastings exchange programs at Yonsei University Law School in Seoul. Yonsei University is the oldest private university in Korea and home to one of Korea’s leading law schools. UC Hastings J.D. students may apply to spend one semester at Yonsei University Law School in either the fall or spring semester of their second or third year. Courses are offered in English. Korean language proficiency is not required.
Other Cooperative Relationships
In addition to the student exchange programs above, UC Hastings maintains long-term cooperative relationships with Aoyama Gakuin University Law School (Japan), Chuo University Law School (Japan), Doshisha University Law School (Japan), and Pusan University (Korea).
Students interested in applying to an exchange program may find detailed application information on the UC Hastings Study Abroad page.