American Law School in Japan

Temple University is a large public institution based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its law school, founded in 1895 and accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), educates about 1,000 Juris Doctor (J.D.) students and 150 Masters of Law (LL.M.) students annually. At its Tokyo campus, Temple University Beasley School of Law operates a year-round program in which students can earn LL.M. degrees and certificates without ever leaving Japan.

All courses are taught in English, usually on weekday evenings and occasionally on weekends.

Top Ranked U.S. Law School

Temple Law School is consistently ranked among the top U.S. law schools in trial advocacy, part-time programs, and international law. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report rated Temple's Trial Advocacy program No. 2 among all U.S. law schools. In fact, Temple's Trial Advocacy program has been ranked in the top 3 for more than ten years. Also in 2014, Temple Law School was ranked 10th in part-time programs, and 11th in international law. Super Lawyers ranked Temple Law School #6 in the country for “Highest Caliber Graduates, Most Prepared to Practice.”

Leader in Global Legal Education

With programs in Philadelphia, Tokyo, Beijing, and Rome, Temple Law School is a leader in global legal education. Foreign-trained lawyers and scholars have studied at Temple since 1974, when the LL.M. program was introduced. Temple established its law programs in Japan in 1994. Since then, students from over 20 countries have studied law at the Tokyo campus.

Mission Statement

Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty is dedicated to preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible, with a firm commitment to principles of professional responsibility, and with a sense of personal obligation to lead and to serve the communities in which they live and practice.

We are dedicated to our traditional ideal of making opportunities for legal education accessible to talented students who might otherwise not have the opportunity and those who might encounter barriers due to race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic background, or other personal characteristics. The Law School seeks to maintain and strengthen our longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law.

Recognition of Excellence

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), is the first educational institution in Japan to be officially recognized as a Foreign University, Japan Campus by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This status allows TUJ to sponsor student visas, enabling international students to study at the university on either a short-term basis (one or two semesters) or a long-term basis (such as to complete a full four-year program).

About American Bar Association Accreditation

In all states, graduation from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) satisfies the legal education requirements that a person must meet to be eligible to sit for the bar examination. In many states, a person may not sit for the bar examination unless that person holds a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the Council and the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the J.D. degree.