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Department of Law

Goal of the Department

The study of law need not be overly formal with the memorizing letters of laws and judicial precedents, but it does require flexible intelligence and great sensitivity to solve problems. In this department, students improve their ability to describe events in the terms of legal language and to coordinate them for rationally solving conflicts of interest and clashes between different values in human society. For this purpose, the primary goal of the Department of Law is to teach students the art of logical thinking and coordination, which is sometimes known as the legal mind. Recently, it is increasingly necessary to acquire legal expertise in world regulations, such as international laws and international economic laws. The students aim to develop the wide perspective which is important in international society, through the interpretation of these laws in which the mentalities of the ethnic groups and countries are easily identified. We develop competent personnel with the abilities to think flexibly and rationally which are much needed in our increasingly globalized and diversifying society.

Educational Content

The Department of Law puts weight on our small-group education system centered around seminars which leads to humanistic education. Another feature of the Department of Law is that it offers a curriculum with a wide range of choices considering the various careers after graduation. Additionally, we offer professional education suitable for our diversifying society under the guidance of special lecturers from foreign countries and lecturers from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Study in the Four Year

1. In the first year, we offer Civil Law I, which is a small-group class where students learn the basis of studying laws and is the starting point of more advanced specialized subjects. We offer seminars in all of the academic years and the students can join multiple seminars. The common goal of seminar education is that the students have a wide-ranging interest in society, politics, and economic activities, so that they can think logically by using the letters of laws and judicial precedents as the lead, and definitely judge just what social justice is all about.
2. Specialized subjects can be categorized into two classes: core subjects and their related subjects. The main context is the core subjects including the "Six Codes" which consist of Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Code of Civil Procedure, and Code of Criminal Procedure, subjects centered on administrative law, international law, and labor law, and subjects for studying the Copyright Act, Bankruptcy Act, and Corporate Reorganization Act, which are required in leading-edge fields, and basic legal study subjects such as foreign law, legal philosophy, and sociological jurisprudence. The related subjects include subjects for learning the connection between law and economic society and for learning the history of law.

Career Options

Career after graduation includes lawyer, national or local government officer, and corporate employee. With rich varieties of expertise and knowledge, as well as communication and expression skills acquired in seminars, the graduates can actively work in many fields. There is also an option to explore a specialized field as a graduate student.