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The East Asian Legal Studies Program at UC Hastings

Economic growth and legal transformation in East Asia offer tremendous opportunities for UC Hastings students. UC Hastings is a hub for research and professional exchange on East Asian legal systems, and our San Francisco campus is perfectly situated for those who want to be close to the action. Our program is advancing understanding of historic legal changes in East Asia and providing students with tools to work effectively with clients and counterparts in this dynamic region.

Economic growth and legal transformation in East Asia offer tremendous opportunities for UC Hastings students. UC Hastings is a hub for research and professional exchange on East Asian legal systems, and our San Francisco campus is perfectly situated for those who want to be close to the action. Our program is advancing understanding of historic legal changes in East Asia and providing students with tools to work effectively with clients and counterparts in this dynamic region.

Curriculum

The curriculum delves into emerging legal issues across East Asia. Courses range from country-specific surveys to seminars focusing on China’s impact on international institutions like the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Students supplement their coursework by connecting with visiting scholars and practitioners from the region and taking advantage of our numerous conferences and career-building programs. Students with a wide range of practice interests, including cross-border transactions, trade law, intellectual property, human rights, and environmental law, can expect East Asia to play an increasingly important role in their professional lives. In the global legal practices of the 21st century, lawyers with specialized knowledge, experience, and connections in the region will have a leg up on the competition. The East Asian Legal Studies Program combines in-depth academic training with relevant professional work experience to prepare students for an exciting legal career in this highly dynamic and increasingly influential competitiveness in the region.

Study Abroad

UC Hastings offers students the chance to study abroad at leading law schools in China, Japan, and Korea. Our exchange programs give students the opportunity to experience East Asian legal cultures, enhance their language skills, and build professional networks. Students seeking work experience abroad can apply for internships with UC Hastings partners in Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul, or tap into a large network of alumni serving in leading positions throughout East Asia.

Ways to Get Involved

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Law Students

We welcome the opportunity to meet with students to tailor programs of study, exchanges, and internships to advance their specific academic and professional interests. Students are encouraged to become active partners in developing our programs.

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Employers

Legal employers participate in East Asia events as sponsors and expert speakers. Many employers post job openings, conduct interviews on campus, host student interns, or contact faculty members for referrals. We welcome opportunities to help employers tap into the skills of the many outstanding UC Hastings legal professionals with expertise in East Asia.

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Donors

With multiple long-term or tenured faculty specializing in East Asian legal systems, UC Hastings is home to one of the broadest East Asian legal studies programs on the West Coast. We invite donors to help us advance cutting edge research on East Asian legal systems and enhance the competitiveness of our graduates by supporting the UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program.

Key Program Faculty

Our faculty members are leaders in their fields, and they are committed to helping students take advantage of growing opportunities in this region. Professor Setsuo Miyazawa is the leading scholar on Japanese judicial reform and has founded international associations on East Asian law and society. He holds a joint appointment with Aoyama Gakuin University Law School in Tokyo. Since 2012, Professor Miyazawa has organized an annual UC Hastings symposium on law and society in Japan. Another pillar of the program is Professor Keith Hand, a legal scholar and former business lawyer who has advised the U.S. Congress on China policy and worked with key Chinese legal institutions on emerging reforms. Professor Hand travels to China regularly to conduct research and build academic and professional networks for UC Hastings. Practicing attorneys Auria Styles and Eric Sibbitt offer seminars on business law in China and Japan as adjunct faculty members.

Keith Hand

Associate Dean for Global Programs and Professor of Law and Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
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Setsuo Miyazawa

Senior Professor of Law and Senior Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program
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Frank Wu

William L. Prosser Distinguished Professor of Law
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