Working in Japan

Opened in 1987, the White & Case Tokyo office was the first foreign law firm to have a presence in Japan. Shortly after in 1995, White & Case established a joint enterprise with Japanese-licensed Bengoshi, providing clients with one-stop access to Japanese and global legal services. Since then, we have grown into one of the largest global law firms in the country, using our deep knowledge of the local laws and 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 over 30 years of history in Japan enables us to provide clients with the guidance they need to succeed in today's markets. Our diverse teams bring 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.

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.

Application for prospective of newly qualified Bengoshi (prospective 75th class Legal Apprentice) is now closed.

Thank you for all your applications!


A great way to obtain first-hand experience of what life is like at White & Case Tokyo is through our ten-week Summer Associate Program.

Our Summer Associate Program provides an opportunity to play an active part in our Tokyo office. During the program, you will work within a number of practice groups alongside our diverse and globally minded lawyers. Summer associates will also be able to take part in formal training sessions and workshops.

We recognise the importance of the social side of Firm life, as such, there with be plenty of opportunities for summer associates to participate in social events and activities, to get to know our small and engaged team.

Applications for our Summer Associate Program are open now until February 28, 2022.

Applications are open to all 1L and 2L students.

To apply, please complete our application form and provide the supporting documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample

During the recruitment period, please click here to access our online application form.



Interested in finding out more about our Tokyo office? 

Register for our upcoming January webinar to gain further insight to the culture of White & Case Tokyo, the type of work we do and find out about our upcoming 2022 Summer Associate Program.

Virtual meeting access details will be sent via email before the event.

Thursday, 13 January, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Friday, 14 January, 2022
9:00 am – 10:00 am Local Tokyo time

Register here


Band 1 for Banking & Finance: International, Japan Region
Band 1 for International Trade, Japan Region
Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020

Band 1 for International & Cross-Border Capabilities, Japan Region
Chambers Global 2020

Tier 1 in Antitrust and Competition, Japan Region
Tier 1 in Corporate and M&A, Japan Region
Tier 1 in Projects and Energy, Japan Region
Tier 1 in Real Estate and Construction, Japan Region
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Best International Law Firm Country Award – Japan
Euromoney Asia Women in Law Award 2019 

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
(Takeda Pharmaceutical's Acquisition of Shire plc)
Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2019

Real Estate Deal of the Year
(AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets' Joint Venture with ESR)
Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2019

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2017

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium), Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Deal of the Year, and Japan Deal of the Year
(SoftBank's Acquisition of ARM Holdings)
Asian Legal Business (ALB) Japan Law Awards 2017

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