Kyushu University Semester Exchange Program
Columbia Law School students who are interested in Japanese business and international law may study at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan for the spring semester while acquiring between 10 and 12 credits toward their law degree at Columbia.
Students may take English language LL.M. courses focusing on international business law and Japanese law, as well as courses in Japanese offered through the undergraduate and graduate divisions of Kyushu. All classes offered through the LL.M. program are conducted in English, and study materials are in English.
Kyushu University is situated on the northwest of Kyushu Island in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Kyushu University semester study is available to students for the spring semester only (second week of April to mid-July). Students should apply in their 1L year to spend the spring of their 2L year in Japan. Students may go in the spring of their 3L year, but will not be able to take the bar exam until February.
Eligibility & Application Procedure
Up to two Columbia Law School students are selected to study at Kyushu University for one semester. Applications from full-time Columbia students are accepted online from early February through early March for the following academic year. As part of the application, students must submit a resume, transcript and a statement describing their educational objectives and reasons for participating in the program. Selections are made based upon the strength of the statement, academic record at Columbia, and faculty recommendations. Preference is given to individuals who have some knowledge of Japanese.
Description of Courses & Credit Hours
Most courses are conducted as seminars, and class participation is strongly encouraged. The curriculum focuses on international business law from a Japanese perspective. Course descriptions can be obtained from the Kyushu University website.
Students are required to take six courses (or five and a major research paper) at Kyushu to equal 12 Columbia points.
Requirements for Student Performance & Grading Methods
Students may be required to submit research papers in addition to final examinations. Kyushu employs a letter grading system. Columbia grants credit only for those courses passed with a C or above. In addition, students are required to submit written reports on their coursework to Columbia every four weeks. Please note that students who fail to comply with this requirement will not receive credit regardless of their grades at Kyushu University. Columbia reviews all written work and monthly reports. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by Columbia Law School.
Participation in an exchange program or semester study abroad program does not exempt students from any requirements for the J.D. degree (i.e. pro bono service, etc.).
Columbia students continue to pay Columbia tuition, health insurance, and health service fees. Other Columbia student activity fees are waived.
For students wishing to pursue an LL.M. degree in Japan, Kyushu University offers a unique opportunity to do so. Students may spend one year at Kyushu in the LL.M. program, and earn 13 credits toward their J.D. degree. Thus, both the J.D. and LL.M. degrees can be obtained in 3-1/2 years. Scholarships providing a higher monthly stipend than that described above are also available for this program, and applications are given to those students selected for the program. More information on this option can be found on Kyushu's website.
Kyushu University has reserved the right to cancel any course for reasons of insufficient student registration. Students will receive due notice to that effect. If changes are announced prior to a student's departure from the U.S., and the student is unable to identify satisfactory substitute courses, the student may choose to withdraw from the program. If cancellation occurs after the student has arrived at Kyushu University, substitute courses must be selected and submitted for approval to the Dean of Comparative and International Programs of Columbia Law School.
Parker School Recognition
Students participating in a semester study abroad program are eligible to receive up to 7 of the 10 academic points in international, foreign or comparative law required for Parker School recognition. Students should contact the Parker School upon completion of the program to ascertain how many credits will be awarded for their foreign study.
Contact Individuals & Application
Office of International Programs
Tel: (212) 854-8170; fax: (212) 851-7691
Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th St
New York, NY 10027
Columbia Law School's Office of International Programs is located at:
William and June Warren Hall (WJ)
1125 Amsterdam Avenue, 6th Floor.
Kyushu University website: http://www.law.kyushu-u.ac.jp/programsinenglish/index.htm