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The Program

The Program is based at Doshisha University in Kyoto, one of Japan's top universities and law schools. Students will be exposed to university life in Japan. Moreover, students will experience the cultural and historical wonders of Kyoto, Japan's ancient capitol and home to numerous temples, historical sites, civic and artistic institutions. Students also will have access to the vibrant legal community, including courtrooms and government institutions, in Kyoto, Osaka, Otsu and the rest of the Kansai region.

The Program includes both public law and private law courses. The courses offered in 2014 will include Japanese Law, International Business Transactions, Law & Religion, Global Perspectives on Family Law, International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation, Japanese Law & Society, and Comparative Citizenship. The Program consists of one-, two-, and three-credit courses. Students are expected to enroll in five credits. Exceptions may be made to allow for four credits at the discretion of the program director.

Program Accreditation

The Program is fully approved by the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. The Michigan State University College of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.


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