Law schools in South Korea

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Traditionally, Korean legal education followed the German and Japanese models. Recent reforms are shifting professional education from an undergraduate LL.B. to a J.D. type of education. In addition, many Korean universities continue to offer legal education in academic and scholastic frameworks, offering graduate degrees, including Ph.D.s in Law. In addition, several universities focus on legal systems outside of Korea, such as on Common Law.


1 Admission
2 Law School System in Transition
3 Republic of Korea Law Schools

3.1 Law School enrollment by area

4 Common Law Education
5 See also
6 References
7 External links

Since the implementation of the 2007 Act calling for reform in legal education, law schools in Korea became graduate schools (similar to the US system) and require a bachelor’s degree, a satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, foreign language proficiency, and a satisfactory score on the Legal Education Eligibility Test (LEET) in order to be considered for admission (the LEET is modeled after Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in the US). Additional factors are evaluated through essays, interviews, school administered essay exams, and other application materials.
Law School System in Transition[edit]
In South Korea, a law school was an undergraduate institution where students major in law and are awarded a Légum Baccalaureus, or LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws). Following graduation, candidates must take and pass the bar exam. Under the present judiciary exam (as of 2008), the number of new lawyers admitted each year was limited to 1,000. Successful candidates must then complete the mandatory 2 years of training courses at the Judicial Research & Training Institute (JRTI) in order to join the bar in Korea. The JRTI is managed by the Supreme Court.
However, as a result of a bill passed in July 2007, the education system for legal studies will soon undergo significant changes. The 2007 Act calls for the adoption of a separate law school system similar to that of the United States, with the new graduate-level law schools expected to open by 2009. Only a limited number of universities will be permitted to establish such graduate-level law schools, as determined by the relevant government agency after its review of each university’s submitted materials. In February 2008, the Education Ministr