Published on December 2, 2015
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND LEGAL TRANSFORMATION in East Asia present both opportunities and challenges for 21st century legal professionals. The East Asia region has accounted for more than one-third of global economic growth in recent years, greater than twice the combined contribution of any other developing region. Korea and Japan are liberalizing their legal services markets, and a rising China is asserting its interests on the world stage with growing confidence. In the years ahead, lawyers with skills and expertise in East Asia will be essential for leading law firms, corporations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The UC Hastings East Asian Legal Studies Program is preparing the next generation of global legal professionals to meet this demand. Building on our law school’s existing strengths in international and comparative law, we offer a broad range of courses, exchange programs, internships, and public events on key East Asian legal systems. Our program is advancing understanding of legal change in East Asia and providing students with tools to work effectively with clients and counterparts in this dynamic region.