Fellowships and Job Opportunities

In recent years, more Columbia Law School students have obtained summer jobs in Tokyo than students of any other major U.S. law school.

Scholarships and Funds

The Center for Japanese Legal Studies administers several scholarships and funds.

  • The Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Scholarship Fund provides financial support to outstanding Columbia Law students with a demonstrated interest in, and professional commitment to, Japan. The fellowship is the brainchild of Ken Tsunematsu '63 M.C.L., a partner in the firm.
  • The Isaac and Jacqueline Weiss Shapiro Fellowship in Japanese Law is awarded to upper-class students engaged in sustained research projects under the direction of Law School professors.
  • The Morrison & Foerster Public Interest Fellowship in Japan provides stipends for up to three students to spend the summer working at NGOs, ministries, or other approved non-law firm positions in Japan. 

Summer 2022 Update
We are actively monitoring Japan's strict border controls and hope to offer the Morrison & Foerster Fellowship when entry is permitted. All funded travel must comply with Columbia University and Columbia Law School policies.

 

Employment

In recent years, more Columbia Law School students have obtained summer jobs in Tokyo than students of any other major U.S. law school.  Each year the center assists J.D. students in securing employment as summer associates with Japanese law firms, the Tokyo offices of non-Japanese law firms, or Japanese government offices. The center also hosts events that promote personal and intellectual interaction between the J.D. community and Japanese LL.M. candidates.