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The Graduate School of Law was established in order to foster professional research capability centering on legal education in nurturing persons based on the Christian faith. We not only bring up researchers, but proactively work to enable the growth of well-balanced human resources (professionals) who are equipped with professional legal knowledge for making legal decisions in order to play an instructive role in various sectors of society.
The Department of Private Law covers a wide range of areas, from the fundamentals of legal theory within and outside Japan to recent developments in specialist fields, and is designed to nurture legal specialists with the ability to work at the heart of future society, such as: researchers with superlative research capabilities; civil servants capable of contributing to international society; corporate law specialists with the ability to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently; graduates with an extensive grounding in legal theory who wish to continue on to Law School; and highly experienced and diligent international specialist lawyers.
At the Department, we provide general instruction on broad themes through seminars led by faculty members specializing in law, as well as personal instruction to each graduate student on how to conduct research based on a certain research theme. Roughly 50 lectures are given in connection with research at seminars known as the "General Seminar on Private Law," at which several faculty members give lectures on topical themes (including visiting faculty from abroad) in an omnibus format. Based on the knowledge learned there, students conduct research on court precedents and are taught how to write a thesis in the seminar entitled "Research Methodology," which focuses mainly on research methods of references from Japan, U.K., U.S., France, Germany, and Asia, as well as comments on writing academic papers. Thereafter, faculty members provide research instructions to students and help them complete their theses.
The Department of Public Law is designed to produce graduates working in highly specialized fields as well as responsible members of society with a keen interest in legal studies. The course equips students with the ability to pursue autonomous research such as comparative legal analysis in specialist fields, and is intended primarily for researchers, civil servants, corporate workers and Law School applicants who aspire to the legal profession.
The Department of Public Law has introduced various new curricula while sharing courses that students can take with the Department of Private Law. Identical to the Department of Private Law, all first year students are in principle required to take "Research Methodology," where they will learn basic tips on research methods of references from Japan and overseas as well as on writing academic papers. There is also "General Seminar on Public Law," which is taught by several faculty members in an omnibus format to discuss related themes from multiple angles. Students can study international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, which are all deeply related to each other, by our faculty members who are pioneers in their respective fields. As for specialized courses, we have also established a diverse array of "Research" courses that cover the respective legal fields. These courses are taught in seminar format with only a few students. This arrangement gives the students comparative freedom in selecting and taking courses of interest. Furthermore, by receiving "Research Guidance" from their supervising professor, students can receive fine-tuned, personal, or one-on-one guidance with a view toward writing their Master's thesis from their first year. We have also enhanced our intensive program, where front-line researchers and practitioners from European countries and the U.S. are invited. This provides a prime opportunity for students to hone their knowledge.
The Department of Business Law offers a graduate school program designed to equip working people with business law literacy in fields such as personnel management and industrial relations, intellectual property, tax and financial institutions. It involves research in various fields from a theoretical and a practical standpoint, in order to develop advanced skills for applying jurisprudence theory to the real world of business. In this way, the Department develops problem-solving skills applicable to specific issues such as compliance, CSR, whistle-blowing and legal risk management.
We have established four programs whose demand is particularly high (legal affairs on human resources and labor, intellectual property, taxes and finance), while providing a curriculum whose contents are divided into four tiers. These curriculum courses are taught by lawyers, patent attorneys, certified public accountants, tax accountants, consultants and think tank researchers who are working at the cutting edge of practice. Students who complete the requirements will be awarded a Master's degree in business law for those taking the Master's Program, or a Doctoral degree in business law for those taking the Doctor's Program during the second half of their studies.
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