NU Law in Tokyo
I rose early this morning to join, via Skype, nearly 90 alumni of Northwestern Law School in Tokyo, Japan. Two members of our law school staff — including my wife, Leslie Oster — were able to join with these alumni in person.
I told them how proud I am of our extensive and expanding global network of foreign alumni. A very large number of NU LLM alumni are practing in leading law firms and corporations throughout Asia, with especially significant cohorts in Japan, China, and Taiwan.
In preparing for my remarks to the Japanese alumni, I learned about the important U.S.-Japan connections forged by the our great dean, John Henry Wigmore. Dean Wigmore began his teaching career at Keio University in Japan (in 1889) and continued a long, fruitful connection with Japan throughout his distinguished career. He was one of first important scholars to study the history of Japanese law. He prepared a fifteen-volume opus, entitled “Materials for the Study of Private Law in Old Japan.”
I look forward to strengthening the relationship between our law school and our Japanese alumni. It is a key step in the progress toward expanding the global footprint of Northwestern Law School.