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About the FWLA

The Foreign Women Lawyers Association is a diverse group of women from across the globe. Our foreign woman lawyer members and alumnae include women licensed in or originating from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Germany, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our Japanese lawyer members have also often studied or practiced abroad.

At any given time, our Japan-resident members number between 50 and 70, while our overseas members are between 20-30. Because foreign lawyers in Japan are usually here for only two to three years, our membership is in constant flux. In addition to our members, we have hundreds of FWLA alumnae around the world, many of whom keep in touch.

Our members are diverse not only in nationality and licensing jurisdiction, but also in the type of work they are doing and their reasons for being in Japan. Our members include lawyers at U.K. and U.S.-based law firms; lawyers at Japanese law firms; professors; in-house counsel at major foreign and Japanese financial institutions, trading companies, and other corporations; lawyers working at accounting or consulting firms; as well as lawyers working in the foreign service. Several of our members work part-time. Some of our members are full time mothers. A few of our members are pursuing non-legal careers in such areas as radio journalism, free-lance publishing, and art.