The Work in Japan Program was established in 1991 and allows 2L and 3L students to apply for a paid one year position as an English language editor at Nishimura & Asahi, a law firm in Tokyo Japan. Nishimura & Asahi will consider students who have completed their second or final year of studies. Second year students, who will return to complete their final year of law school, are given a leave of absence for the year. Graduating students accept the responsibility to make inquiries from the law society of the province where you intend to be called to the Bar to determine the effect, if any, of delaying your admission to the bar.

Students submit their application to the firm who makes all hiring decisions.

The Work in Japan Program is an experiential education opportunity that allows students one year of full time work experience at an international top ranked law firm. To make the most of this opportunity, successful candidates are encouraged to meet with the law school's Student Life and inclusivity Program Manager in establishing their goals for their participation in the program, and engage in personal reflection at the completion of the program. 


Nishimura & Asahi is one of Japan’s premier law firms located in Akasaka, Tokyo and accepts applications for the position of English-language legal editor.

This is a full-time position, with working days of Monday to Friday, 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  The successful candidate will be expected to make a minimum one year commitment to the firm.

Although editors are occasionally asked to assist with due diligence and research, the work involves mainly editing, rewriting and reviewing legal documents and correspondence.  The position requires the ability to convey ideas and information effectively and concisely, in clear and professional written English. Nevertheless, the position will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to experience what it is like to work at a major Japanese law firm and to work on high profile and complex legal matters.

Preference will be given to candidates with editing or legal experience and a desire for exposure to international law and business. The position will be offered to a strong English speaker. No Japanese language ability is required.

The successful applicant will join a staff that includes over 450 Japanese attorneys, and several attorneys and editors from countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., NZ and Australia. Compensation will be commensurate with background and experience.

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