The subjects covered by an education in the Department of Current Legal Studies are Consumer Law, in which we consider the rights and roles of consumers; Corporate Law, in which we study laws related to corporate activity; and Environmental Law, in which we seek to understand laws and policies for the protection of the global environment. Students in the Department study these groups of laws in their specific contexts as contemporary laws, and the use of computers in the study environment cultivates the development of abilities in judgment and the use of information that is appropriate in an era of “informatization.”
Students in the department of Current Legal Studies develop a foundation for the study of law while gaining skills in the processing and communication of information, following which they begin an advanced and practical study of the three law clusters covered by the Department’s curriculum.
The Department of Current Legal Studies offers internships in different environments, including consumer centers in city offices and ward offices, and positions with consumer groups. The experience of observing how the laws and policies they learn about in the classroom are put into practice gives students an opportunity to consider their future career paths.
The Department of Current Legal Studies boasts a particularly extensive lineup of classes in its Consumer Law course cluster. In addition to classes taught by full-time faculty members with a profound knowledge of the legal practice, we also offer omnibus-style lectures given by practitioners from outside the university, providing students with the opportunity for practical learning in relation to consumer rights. In the Consumer Law Seminar, a mandatory subject organized in small groups, students also learn about consumer law practice from actual practitioners.
In our Environmental Law course cluster, students study environmental science as a prerequisite for a consideration of environmental law, while also focusing on the system of laws and regulations related to the protection of the natural environment and our living environment. In the Corporate Law course cluster, students are able to study the various laws that define rules for the corporate activities that drive the economy.
In accord with its focus on up-to-the-minute legal trends, in an unprecedented initiative for the Faculty of Law, the Department of Current Legal Studies has introduced advanced computer-based education. Students polish their IT skills in small classes, acquiring skills in the processing and communication of information that will assist them in collecting references and information in legal research and that will be essential to their later employment.
The Department’s National Examination Office offers courses to assist students in earning consumer-related qualifications. Students receive support for acquiring consumer-related and information-related qualifications. In addition, the Yomiuri Career Development Lectures support students in realizing better career design and undertaking job-seeking activities.
In addition to seminars covering fundamental aspects of the legal system, such as constitutional law, civil law, and criminal law, the Department of Current Legal Studies also offers a range of unique small seminars focused on a variety of issues, including seminars considering issues of consumer law, seminars for the study of information processing, and a seminar that looks at the law and artificial intelligence.
The subjects Information Processing and Seminar in Information Processing for Law develop skills in information processing, the collection of information (searches for laws, precedents, literature, etc.), and the presentation of information, while the intensive study of basic courses in law with a focus on civil law, such as Basics of Contract Law, provide basic knowledge in the area of law. Students are also invited to consider the worlds of consumer and environmental law in subjects such as Consumer Issues and Law and Basics of Environmental Problems.
In the third and fourth years, in addition to acquiring advanced legal knowledge through a specialized and developmental study of law with a focus on consumer law, corporate law, and environmental law, students also deepen their awareness of issues and develop problem-solving abilities through active and self-directed study in seminars. We offer an extensive range of practical courses taught by experienced practitioners of law, such as Consumer Law Seminar and Consumer Law Practice. Students are also able to study advanced information processing skills in seminars conducted by faculty members who are well-versed in the field of information technology.
Graduates of the Department of Current Legal Studies find employment in a wide range of industries, including finance, insurance, commerce and distributions. In addition, because study in the department gives students a deep knowledge and understanding of the scientific mechanisms of advanced computer technologies and environments, the proportion of graduates proceeding into industries such as IT-related, chemical and pharmaceutical, which are normally the province of science graduates, is high. Students also receive a firm grounding in legal subjects, and some graduates also enter graduate school with the aim of becoming legal professionals, such as judges, barristers or prosecuting attorneys.