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ASIA: Asia's economic and political landscape is changing rapidly, and its legal system is developing along with it. However, there are some very stable legal systems in place as well. This area holds the most study abroad opportunities outside of Western Europe, and the number of programs are increasing every year.

Currently available on this site there is only one semester program out there through Temple, but there are many summer programs.

INDIA &PACIFIC: A few new programs have sprung up in India and Australia recently. So fare they are only for summer study.

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L.L.M, Year, and Semester Programs

Master of Commercial Law (M.Com.Law)

Department of Commercial Law

Program Description: The Master of Commercial Law offers a wide range of courses in the areas of corporate and securities law, intellectual property, comparative business law, employment law, shipping and transport law, international travel law, and competition law and policy.

Jo Stone
Department of Commercial Law
University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019
Auckland, New Zealand 1015

phone: (649) 373-7999

Semester in Japan

Temple's law program in Japan offers second- and third-year law students an opportunity to study in Tokyo for the Spring academic term (fourteen weeks) . The curriculum, characterized by a blend of standard courses and specialty law courses, focuses on international comparative, Japanese and Asian legal studies. It provides an in-depth understanding of the cultural underpinnings of Japanese and Asian law and exposes students to current issues in comparative law and practice. Studying Japanese law while living in Japan is a unique and highly valuable educational experience.

Office of International Programs
Temple University School of Law
1719 North Broad Street - Room 710
Philadelphi, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 204-8982
Fax: (215) 204-1185

Summer Programs

Hong Kong
, July 13 - August 12

Director: Professor James Cox
Courses: Hon Kong in Transition: The Transfer of Sovereignty to China; International Business Transactions in Hong Kong and China, Introduction to American Law (non-American students only); Regulation of Transnational Securities Transactions; Structuring International Financial Transactions; Trade in and with Korea and India. The program is highly recommended to students who plan to be engaged in transnational law practice in Asia and the Pacific Rim and to non-American students who plan to study in the United States.

Tuition & Fees: $3,000 (6 credits-3 courses, 2 credits each). No extra fees for materials and scheduled extracurricular activities Accommodations: $2,000. Housing will he available at a residential college at the University of Hong Kong Law Faculty

Ms. Tonya Jacobs
Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law
Duke University School of Law
Box 90375
Durham, NC 27708-0375 USA

Telephone: 919-613-7147 or 919-613-7032
Fax: 919-613-7231

Beijing, People's Republic of China
, June 2 - July 20

Duquesne University has run a summer program in Beijing, China since 1990, with China University of Political Science and Law. This is one of the few mainland China programs available.

Courses: A comprehensive survey of Chinese law; an introduction to Chinese language and culture; field trips to the National People's Congress, courts and law firms. Co-sponsored with China University of Political Science and Law.

Tuition: $1,750 for 4-1/2 credits. Optional tours to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, Ming's Tomb and other historical sites are available.

Admission requirements: Available to all students in good standing in an American or Canadian law school and to foreign law students

Application deadline: March 15. Applications accepted in order received; early registration advised to ensure enrollment

Professor Frank Y. Liu
Associate Director
China Legal Study Program
Duquesne University School of Law
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Tel: 412/396-6188
Fax: 412/396-6294

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Bangkok, Thailand
, May 27 - July 28

Golden State University School of Law has been running a Summer Program to Bangkok, Thailand for five years now. This year they are adding a second program in Valletta/Msida, Malta.

Director: Professor Sompong Sjcheritkul
Courses: Current International Legal Problems (2/3); International Economic Law (2/3); Intellectual Property Law (2); International Contracts (2/3); Regional Organizations (2/3); Law/Politics/Economics/Development (2).
Tuition & Fees: $1,600 for 4 credits, $2,000 for 6 credits.

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, May 27 - June 21

Golden State University School of Law has been running a Summer Program to Bangkok, Thailand for five years now. This year they are adding a second program in Valletta/Msida, Malta.

Director: Professor Jon Sylvester
Courses: International Business Transactions (2); International Environmental Law (2).
Tuition & Fees: $1,600 for 4 credits, $2,000 for 6 credits.

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Shanghai, People's Republic of China
, May 17 - June 13

Director: Professor Jeffrey W. Grove
Courses: China Summer Program- (4 each)--Chinese Legal History; Chinese Legal System; Constitutional Law; Economic Contract Law; Trade and Investment; Joint Ventures; Intellectual Property Law; Tax Law; Lawyering System; Arbitration; Mediation; Civil Law; Civil Procedure; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Comparative Law.
Tuition & Fees: $1,595 per student, plus book fees.

Professor Jeffrey W. Grove
Summer Program in Shanghai, China
Indiana University - Indianapolis School of Law
735 West New York, Indianapolis
Indiana, USA, 46202

Tel: 317 274-8523
Fax: 317 274-3955

Kyoto, Japan
, May 28-June 30

Description:: The program takes place on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto, directly across the street from the Imperial Palace. Expert faculty are drawn from law schools, law firms, companies, and courts throughout Japan. Three courses are offered for a total of six semester hours credit :Law and Society in Japan, Current Issues in Japanese Law, International Mass Communication Law. Includes visits to institutions such as courts, law offices, and corporations in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto), as well as sightseeing in historic Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture.

Program Director: Prof. Dan Rosen, Loyola Law School. Prof Rosen has lectured throughout Japan and has been a visiting professor at Doshisha University, Osaka University, and Kobe University.

Judith Corcoran, Foreign Summer Programs Coordinator
Loyola Law School
7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: (504) 861-5563 (J. Corcoran) or (504) 861-5652 (Prof.Rosen)
FAX: (504) 861-5733

Hong Kong & Beijing, China, June 2 - July 25

Santa Clara University runs various Summer programs from Loyola University in: England, Switzerland/Germany, Hungary, China/Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan

Courses: Foreign Trade and Investment Law; Comparative Commercial Law; Public and Public International Law;. Internships available in Hong Kong banks, corporations or law firms. Internships in Hong Kong and limited number of internships in Beijing.

Tuition: $2,192

Application deadline: March 14

Institute of International and Comparative Law
Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Tel: 408 554-4162

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Kowloon, Hong Kong
, June 5-July 19

Technology Transfers in China: Law & Business Strategies: Syracuse University offers a unique program in Technology Transfer in China. Chinese law, politics, economics, and culture are considered in context of technology trade and investment.

Courses: Six-credit course on technology transfers in China

Tuition: $525/credit hour. Tuition grants available
Admission requirements
: One year at an accredited law school
Application deadline: March 15

Syracuse University
Summer Law Program in Hong Kong
Division of International Programs Abroad
119 Euclid Ave.
Syracuse, M 13244-4170

Tel: 1/800/251-9674

Shanghai, China
, June 17 - July 14

Unique, four-week program at the East China University of Politics and Law, in Shanghai, China's largest city,leading port, and commercial trade center. The host school plays a key role in the development of Chinese trade and investment. Classes in Chinese Law and Legal Institutions. Restricted enrollment (25-35). Lectures by leading scholars in English and Chinese, with translation into English. Chinese language instruction available. Field trips to a criminal trial, divorce or other mediation, international joint venture, stock exchange, prison, and office of an American law firm. Weekend excursion to Hangzhou and day excursion to Suzhou. Special events: acrobatic circus, cultural excursions, recreation and sports with Chinese colleagues.

Courses: Chinese Law and Legal Institutions, Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Code, Family Law, Civil Procedure, Mediation, Arbitration, Economic Con tract Law; joint Venture Law, Tax Law, Hong Kong-related Issues, Private International Law Issues; Chinese-U.S. Comparative Law

Tuition and fees: $1,950 (room, books, board, special seminars, 3-day trip to Hangzhou and local sightseeing)

Admission requirements: Good standing after at least one year at an accredited law school

Diane Lohof
China Program
Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter Street S.E.
Salem, OR 97301

Tel: (503) 370-6877
Fax: (503) 370-6375

Shimla, India
, May 31 - June 28

In 1991, India initiated landmark reforms which have led to an unprecedented expansion of western investment. This "New India" of economic liberalization stands alongside an ancient society, distinguished for its religious and cultural pluralism. The program will emphasize this pluralism in each course: in Comparative Individual Liberties by looking at issues of gender, race and speech; in Comparative Jurisprudence by looking at the interplay between Hindu law and secular law; in Comparative Criminal Procedure by exploring how India's culture has helped to shape India's criminal code; and in International Business Transactions by examining how economic reforms play out against the backdrop of ancient India. In addition to coursework, internships throughout India are available to students interested in extending their stay in India and working for an Indian law firm.

Eileen Kaufman, Vice Dean, Professor of Law & Program Director
Summer Law Program in India
Touro College
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
300 Nassau Road
Huntington, NY 11743

Phone: (516) 421-2244 ext. 304
FAX: (516) 421-0271

Sydney, Australia
, June 16 - July 18

Courses: International Environmental Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Comparative Health Law; Comparative Law of Business Organizations

Tuition: $2,5OO for 2 courses; $2,000 for 1 course (3-credit courses)
Room: Housing available at nearby student residence buildings at approximately $1 1 0 per week in a twin shared room including breakfast and dinner

Admission requirements: One year in good standing at an accredited law school, or a graduate of a law school

Application deadline: May 1 S; applications accepted after May only if space is available

Professor Patrick Kelly, Director
Widener University School of Law
P.O. Box 7474
Wilmington, DE 19803

Tel: 302/477-2704

Adelaide, Australia
, June 29 - July 25

The William and Mary Summer Law Program in Australia is held in the city of Adelaide. Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is the largest and oldest university in South Australia, with a well deserved international reputation for teaching and research. The Law Faculty at the University of Adelaide has expertise in many areas of law relevant to American law students. The library has an excellent international law collection. Graduates and teachers from the Law School presently hold chairs at Oxford and Cambridge. The summer law program takes advantage of the court and government agencies located in the capital city. Join us for our 5th law program "down under!"

Courses: International Aspects of Family Law; Comparative Corporate Law and Theory; Regulation of International Trade; Comparative Legal History; Comparative Immigration Law

Tuition: $1,57S for up to S credits Room and board. $650 (full board)

Admission requirements: Completion of first year of law, study in good standing

Application deadlines: April 1 (suggested); March 3 for scholarship applicants

Summer Law Programs Abroad
College of William & Mary
School of Law
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Tel: 804/221-3818
Fax: 804/221-3261