Joined together though worship and focused on how law relates to Jesus Christ, one hundred and fifty graduate law students from twenty different countries study law at HILS, following a U.S. law school curriculum. With the largest full-time, U.S. trained law faculty in Asia, HILS professors teach, disciple and serve these students in a common effort to establish a new kind of international lawyer, trained for Christian service. Most graduates have taken US bar examinations before returning to their home countries to work in legal missions, law firms, churches, corporations, NGOs, international organizations and governments. Wherever these lawyers practice - whether in the context of business, human rights, international trade or environmental law - they are encouraged to distinguish their work by following Jesus Christ.
The curriculum is a full three-year program including six regular semesters and three summer sessions. This extensive program is designed to prepare students for the rigors of global law practice.
HILS graduates have distinguished themselves in international human rights organizations, governmental offices, law firms and legal departments. HILS Graduates are working with the United Nations, UNHCR, Advocates for Public Interest Law (refugee rights), CLF (Korea Christian Lawyers’ Fellowship), Advocates Korea (religious freedom) and other NGOs which make invaluable contributions to the area of international human rights. Other alumni are working for national governmental entities: the Ministry of National Defense, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, and the Korean National Assembly. Others have gone to work for leading law firms such as Paul Hastings, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, Kim and Chang, Yulchon, Jipyung and Jisung, Logos, and many other law firms. Many HILS alumni also play key roles in the legal departments of global corporations like Samsung, LG, SK and Hyundai and etc.