Akasaka International Law, Patent & Accounting Office.


AILAW Internship in Tokyo, Japan (Application Closed. CVs and cover letters are still accepted but we will not respond until application reopens.)


Akasaka International Law, Patent & Accounting Office (AILAW) is an international law firm in Tokyo engaged in both domestic and global corporate matters. In recent years, the firm has a strong focus on corporate and venture-related work and developing an extensive network expanding into France, Israel and African countries. Our purpose is to create a secure business eco-system and legal infrastructure that enable people with innovative mindsets to pursuit their purpose of changing the world. We envisage a future where professionals are not limited by traditional stereotypes but solve problems of modern society in an innovative structure that combines law, marketing, and technology.

About the Internship

The internship is intended as a self-guided opportunity for aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs to pursue their passion in a supportive and international environment. The firm does not assign tasks but instead, provides platforms for interns to develop themselves. We hope to build relationship with the younger generation to work for a better future.  

 We offer       

  • – Experience in an international law firm        
  • – Networking opportunities 
  • – Opportunity to collaborate with people of different nationalities   
  • – Platforms for you to develop your skills freely and pursue your goals
  • – Opportunity to improve analytical skills    
  • – Exposure to different ideas       
  • – Snacks and tea      
  • – Certificate of Internship
  • – Transport reimbursement (office<-> residence in Tokyo/surrounding areas) 

Examples of Internship Activities

Please note that the internship is focused on marketing and business development. Interns are to decide what projects they want to undertake.

  • – Drafting News/Blog/Research Articles  
  • – Create and organize events (such as Meetups)        
  • – Utilizing marketing and business tools (such as Sales Force, Slack, Asana)        
  • – Event attendance         
  • – Interview emerging startups
  • – Social media management       
  • – Devising new business models
  • – Participate in professional study session  

We require

  • – University student or graduate who is interested in innovation and entrepreneurship
  • – Global mindset
  • – Imaginative and creative person who shares our vision
  • – Problem-solver
  • – Good communicator (general proficiency in English required)
  • – At least 3 days availability per week
  • – At least 1 month commitment 

Internship Structure and Length

  • – On site at 5F Nishikan Honten Bldg 1-10, Kyobashi 1-Chome Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • – Weekdays between 14:00 and 18:00 (interns to choose which days

Application Process

  1. Please send your CV and motivation letter to our firm at ailaw-info@ailaw.co.jp
  2. Tests (via email)
  3.  Interview (at our office or video chat)

Important Notes

  • – Interns from overseas are responsible for their own visa preparation and living arrangements during their stay in Tokyo.
  • – Remote internship is not available.
  • – There is no payment other than transport reimbursement.
  • – The internship is not intended to be a method to recruit future staffs. 

Interns’ Experiences

Vol.1 – Mishima (local Japanese university student) (in Japanese)

Vol.2 – Kawahara (Japanese university student who grew up abroad and studying in America) (in English)  

Vol.3 -Bourgain (French university student) (in English)

Vol.4 – Munshi (expat from South Africa who is working in Tokyo) (in English)