Temple has long recognized the value of a global legal education. We have a strong core of faculty members focused on teaching international law subjects, and our curriculum is both diverse and deep, offering multiple sections of introductory courses in international law as well as electives on international human rights, international commercial transactions, international criminal law, international investment and arbitration, international law and public health, international taxation, and treaties and negotiations, among others.
At Temple, you can do more than just read about legal practice around the world — you can live it. We have a longstanding summer study abroad program in Rome, Italy, and the only semester-long U.S. study abroad program in Tokyo, Japan. Our students can also study abroad at our partner law schools around the world. Temple also offers the first U.S. law degree program in Beijing, China.
Our students share common interests and a commitment to the rule of law, and these interests often generate lasting professional and personal relationships. Temple provides you with the opportunity to study and experience our increasingly globalized legal community – one that requires lawyers to understand not only U.S. federal and state rules and regulations, but also international legal systems and cultures.
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The international law program at Temple Law has consistently been highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Temple Law delivers a truly global legal education, with opportunities for international study that are unavailable at many other schools and coursework to help you gain a deeper understanding of how international issues impact daily practice in almost every other field of law.
- Temple has the first and only ABA-approved law program in Japan.
- Many of our students study at our Rome and Tokyo campuses or at partner law schools around the world through our extensive exchange program.
- Most of our students participate in at least one international law class during their time at Temple Law.
- Temple Law offers many opportunities for international law scholarship, competition, and networking. Our students edit and publish the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, which contains both student and outside scholarship; compete in the prestigious IBA International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition and the Jessup International Moot Court Competition; and become members of the International Law Society.
International Law Curriculum
At Temple, the broad scope of the international law curriculum reflects the interdisciplinary nature of international law and the international dimensions of traditionally “domestic” areas of law. Temple offers courses in a number of traditional areas, such as human rights, commercial, and treaty law. Temple also offers an expanding selection of courses in emerging and interdisciplinary fields like international intellectual property, cyberspace, and electronic commerce.
Faculty excellence is at the core of our international program, and they are experts in U.S. and foreign law. Many Temple Law faculty have either taught or worked abroad, making them uniquely qualified to incorporate discussions of comparative and international law into the curriculum.
The Temple Law faculty includes many prolific scholars who have published extensively on international and comparative law topics ranging from citizenship to comparative treaty law to Chinese contracts. Their expertise is varied and includes immigration and refugee law, public international law, Japanese copyright law, the globalization of intellectual property law, terrorism, and global public health.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Summer Session in Italy | Temple University Rome
Our four-week summer program in Rome is taught by full-time Temple Law professors, visiting professors, and prominent Italian jurists who have taught in Temple’s program for many years. Typically taught from mid-May to mid-June, this program gives students the flexibility to study abroad in the beginning of the summer, yet allows sufficient time for summer employment in the U.S. or abroad before the start of the fall semester.
Semester Abroad in Japan | Temple University Japan
Our spring semester abroad in Japan program offers second- and third-year J.D. students from Temple and other U.S. law schools a truly unique study abroad experience. Classes are taught in English by expert Temple Law faculty and practicing U.S., Japanese, and international attorneys. J.D. students join LL.M. students from Japan and all over the world. This interaction with Japanese peers is an extremely important aspect of the program, as it promotes cultural understanding and provides students with long-term professional contacts. With a Temple-sponsored student visa, students may work in legal or non-legal capacities while in Tokyo.
We also offer study abroad opportunities at our partner schools in China, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Switzerland. Please visit our study abroad page for more information.
Temple Law also attracts students from all over the world. Even if J.D. students do not study abroad during law school, they will study with international students in their classes, providing opportunities to discuss global law and perspectives without leaving Philadelphia.
Partner schools where our students can study abroad also send students to Temple, and this inbound and outbound mobility has enriched American and international students alike. Moreover, Temple Law has additional inbound partnerships that bring international students to the law school, thus increasing our global diversity. Such inbound law school partnerships include:
- Academia de Litigación, Santiago, Chile
- Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
- Fu Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan
- Luiss, Rome, Italy
- Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
- Transnational Law and Business University, Goyang, South Korea
J.D. / LL.M. in Transnational Law
Advances in telecommunications and transportation have created a demand for lawyers who can practice in a global environment. Multinational corporations have become the rule, rather than the exception, and the practice of law is no longer limited by national borders. Moreover, many of the most rapidly expanding areas of practice, including the law of cyberspace, intellectual property, and environmental law, are inherently transnational. For all these reasons, Temple’s faculty created the Transnational Law LL.M. program to ensure that our graduates will have the skills and knowledge to compete successfully in the 21st century. Our graduates will be knowledgeable about international legal doctrines, adept at dealing with multiple legal systems, and familiar with other cultures.
Transnational Law LL.M. candidates must complete the three-credit International Law course plus 24 credits of elective international and comparative law courses, including at least one course in which a scholarly paper is produced. Some of these credits must be earned at one or more of Temple’s international campuses.
Current Temple J.D. students who have completed their second year of law studies may apply for entry into the J.D./LL.M. program. Students who apply before graduation from the J.D. program may count up to 12 credits of international course work from their J.D. studies toward the LL.M. Students may complete the remaining credits in one additional full-semester or several part-time semesters in Philadelphia, Rome, or Tokyo.
J.D. / LL.M. in Asian Law
Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the 21st century world and contains over half of the world’s population. Students with a background in Asia are well-positioned to capture job opportunities that require this expertise. Our LL.M. in Asian Law enables students to use Temple’s curricular strengths and historic ties to Asia as a bridge to launch or expand their careers in this area.
Students study one semester of Asian and international law on main campus, and then complete a second semester at our Japan campus, or with our partner schools in Beijing or India.
A Temple J.D. student may qualify for entry into the LL.M. program before graduation and earn up to half of the required 24 credits for the LL.M. while still a student. The remaining credits required for the LL.M. degree can then be completed in one additional semester afterward.
Institute for International Law and Public Policy (IILPP)
Temple’s Institute for International Law & Public Policy (IILPP) provides rich opportunities for students, professors, and members of the legal and policy-making communities to engage with one other in a robust exploration of the relationship between international law and public policy.
Temple Law has unparalleled expertise in Chinese law and the Chinese legal system. Temple Law’s initiatives in China are premised on a collaborative relationship with our Chinese partners, and we educate a wide range of legal professionals who will make significant contributions to the rule of law in China. Temple primarily accomplishes this goal through our Beijing Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program in collaboration with Tsinghua University. Additionally, J.D. students may spend a semester in Beijing to learn about the legal system and culture of China at Tsinghua University School of Law’s study abroad program for foreign law students.