Working in Japan

Opened in 1987, we were one the first foreign law firms to a have presence in Tokyo, and shortly after in 1995, we were able to establish a joint enterprise with a Japanese-licensed Bengoshi. Since then, we have grown into one of the largest foreign law firms in the country, using our deep knowledge of the local market to guide our clients through the cultural intricacies of doing cross-border business involving Japan. Key to our success is the breadth of our expertise at local, regional and global levels: A full-service firm, we provide support across the full spectrum of legal matters. Clients also benefit from the diversity of our team, which includes both Bengoshi and internationally qualified lawyers—most of whom speak Japanese and English fluently, and have lived in the country for many years.

In our quest to advance our clients’ interests in jurisdictions around the world, we seek to recruit and develop outstanding legal talent. Reflecting our diversity of location and operation, our legal and professional staff are a rich mosaic of nationalities and backgrounds. This is a source of strength, vital to representing our global clients—an exciting mix of multinationals, financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities. Committed to our lawyers’ ongoing training and professional development, we always aim to ensure that to balance the needs of the Firm and our clients with those of the individual.

Associate Development Program

The White & Case Associate Development Program is specifically designed to give associates the business and legal skills necessary for them to succeed in a global law firm. At each career level we have developed programs of courses and workshops in both business and practice-specific technical skills, aligned with the competencies that we believe define a successful lawyer.

Practice areas

Our global platform and 30-year history in Japan enable us to provide clients with the guidance they need to succeed in today's markets. Our diverse team brings insight and experience to a wide range of matters, spanning corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, financial transactions and regulation, international trade, projects and energy, antitrust, intellectual property and real estate.

White & Case’s “One Firm” policy is not just a slogan. Most of my work is cross-border so I always work with colleagues in other offices. 

Shino Asayama
Counsel, Tokyo

The complexity of the work at White & Case challenges and inspires me to push my boundaries - ultimately making me a better lawyer.

Michael Richter
Associate, Tokyo

Working at White & Case gives me the chance to fulfill my dream: I assist clients from all over the globe regarding the implications of Japanese law in their Japanese business endeavors. 

Yu Babasaki
Associate, Tokyo
Applying in Japan

Recruiting and developing legal talent are integral to our success and ongoing growth. If you are interested in working in our Tokyo office, please apply online.

Recruitment of Newly Qualified Bengoshi

Applications for prospective of newly qualified Bengoshi (prospective 73rd class Legal Apprentice) is now open. (Details / Application form)

Summer Internships in Tokyo

Spend time with us in Tokyo during the Summer of 2019! A great way to obtain first-hand experience of what life is like at White & Case Tokyo is through our summer internships.

Summer internships provide an opportunity to play an active part in the life and work of our Tokyo office. During the program, you will work within a number of practice groups alongside lawyers. You will also be able to take part in the Tokyo office's formal training sessions and workshops. You will receive continued support and feedback throughout the program.

In addition, we understand the importance of building your network. There will be opportunities for you to socialize with our partners and associates at events during your summer placement.

  • For Local Law School Students
    The application period for our 2019 Summer Internship Program is now closed. Thank you for your applications! We will open application for 2020 Summer Internship Program in April 2020.
  • For International Law School Students
    The application period for our 2019 International Summer Internship Program is now closed. Thank you for your applications! We will open application for the 2020 Summer Internship Program again in November.

If you have any questions about the program, or experience any problems with your application site, please contact us at [email protected]


Come and meet us at the information sessions!

Information session is an excellent opportunity to find out more about White & Case and our Tokyo practices.

Please stay tuned for upcoming events from Tokyo office!

W&C Publications
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White & Case Japan

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White & Case Law Offices (Registered Association)
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Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 
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