The Tokyo, Japan-based Keio University Law School has announced that it plans to launch an LL.M. program next year.
The new program will be called "LL.M. in Global Legal Practice," and will begin in April 2017, pending approval by authorities.
Full-time students can complete the program in one year, and part-timers can finish in either 1.5 or 2 years. The program will be delivered completely in English. Students will be able to start in either the spring (April) or fall (September).
The LL.M. will be open to both Japanese and international students.
The LL.M. program's curriculum covers a number of topics in Japanese and Asian Law, Global Business, Comparative Law, and Global Security, among other topic areas.
Students will have the option of completing up to half the program's credits through an overseas study program with a partner institution. Keio's partners include Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA, University of Washington, Canada's University of British Columbia, the Paris-based Sciences Po, Yonsei in South Korea, China's Tsinghua, National Taiwan University and Singapore Management University.
The school notes that the LL.M. program does not meet the requirements for a student to sit the bar exam in Japan or elsewhere.Students interested in taking Japan's bar exam should instead consider Keio's Japanese-language JD program.
For more information, please see Keio's LL.M. program webpage.
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