Internships and Career Opportunities

The Center for East Asian Legal Studies is committed to helping students achieve positive job outcomes and tap into professional opportunities in the region.

The Center’s faculty work closely with the Office of Career & Professional Development and the Alumni Center to advise students on job strategies and networking, establish internship placement relationships, organize career events, and publicize jobs and internships, and connect students with alumni in the region.

UC Law SF has a large network of alumni with professional interests related to East Asia. Our graduates are leaders in private practice, business, government, public interest organizations, and academic institutions across the region. Alumni mentors volunteer to answer student questions, provide career-related advice, and help students bridge the gap between law school and practice.

The Center organizes regular career building events focused on East Asia to connect students and recent graduates to practicing attorneys throughout the region.

Other Internship Resources

The Center maintains an Internet group called the UC Law SF Asian Law Network. This Internet group is open to all UC Law SF students, faculty and alumni. The group provides regular updates on jobs, internships, research opportunities, language training, and public events in or related to East Asia.

UC Law SF students have secured jobs and internships at a wide range of leading private firms, government institutions and non-governmental organizations in Asia (or with substantial interests in Asia).

Examples include AEA Investors (Hong Kong), Alcatel-Lucent (Shanghai), Alps Electric Co., LTD (Tokyo), Anderson & Anderson (Guangzhou), Bae, Kim & Lee (Seoul), Baker & McKenzie (Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Vietnam), Beijing Arbitration Commission (Beijing) Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center, Belton Burkhardt (Shanghai), Bingham McCutchen Murase, Sakai Mimura Aizawa (Japan), BNG Advocates and Solicitors (Phnom Penh), Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia (Chiang Mai), Bryan Cave (Shanghai), Carol Burdick & McDonough (Beijing), China Guangfa Bank, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Hong Kong), China National Petroleum, ChinaSF (San Francisco), CITIC Group Legal Office (Beijing, China), Civic Exchange (Hong Kong), Constitutional Court of Korea (Seoul), Davis Polk Wardwell (Beijing), DeHeng Law Offices (Beijing), DLA Piper (Hong Kong, Singapore), Donglin Law Group (Seoul), the ENN Group (Hebei, China), Formosan Brothers (Taiwan), Harango and Partners Law Offices (Tokyo), Hashidate and Associates (Tokyo), the Hong Kong Jockey Club Legal Services Department, Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong, Beijing), the Human Rights Center (Yangon), International Bridges to Justice (Beijing), IPG Legal (Korea), Jinhuaxing LLP (China), Junhe Law Firm (Shanghai), K&L Gates (Tokyo), Kim & Chang (Seoul), King & Wood (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai), Lee & Ko (Seoul), Lee & Li (Taipei), LCS and Partners (Taipei), Logos Law (Seoul), Mayer Brown JSM (Hong Kong), Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy (Hong Kong), Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Tokyo), Morrison Foerster (Tokyo), MWE Partners (Shanghai), O’Melveny & Myers (Hong Kong), Oh-ebashi (Tokyo), Pillar Legal (Bay Area and Shanghai), PwC (Shanghai), Romulo (Philippines), Samsung Group (Seoul), Shearman & Sterling (Hong Kong, Tokyo), Shin and Kim (Seoul), Sullivan & Cromwell (Melbourne), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (San Francisco), Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok), TowersWatson (China), TransAsia Lawyers GKJ (Tokyo), White & Case (Beijing), Yoon & Yang (Seoul), Yingli Green Energy Americas (Fremont, California), Yulchon LLC (Seoul) and other firms and institutions.

Numerous J.D. graduates have leveraged their academic work and participation in internships, exchanges, and other programs to secure full-time legal employment located in or related to Asia.