To study law is to become an active pillar of civil society, acting with conscience and a sense of social responsibility with a firm foundation in legal knowledge and thought. Offering students a rich selection of more than 140 law-related subjects, the Department of Law cultivates individuals who, having recognized the fundamental importance of the study of law, have honed their ability to judge right from wrong, and who are able to contribute to society through the effective use of their specialized knowledge of law.
In addition to students wishing to pass the bar exam, the Department of Law seeks to cultivate lawyers in a broader sense, developing individuals whose ethical sense and mode of thought rest on a foundation of legal knowledge. This background expands the range of opportunities for success in both government service and private enterprise.
Introductory classes in the first year are held in small groups of around 40 students. Personalized, interactive education conducted in stages, starting with the basics, ensures that students acquire a solid foundation of knowledge.
Seminars conducted in groups of 10 to 20 students form the core of the four-year study program in the Department of Law. After gaining a knowledge of methods of study at university level and building a foundation for the study of law, students are able to select seminars in the fields that most interest them. Participation in seminars allows students to deepen their understanding of the subject through surveys, reports and debates, and cultivates the literacy and powers of communication that are essential when students take their places in society.
The Department of Law offers more than 140 specialized subjects, enabling students to study even the leading-edge fields of law that are attracting the most attention today, including consumer law and intellectual property rights, legal frameworks for adult guardianship, and environmental law.
From the third year, there are virtually no barriers to students with regard to specialized courses within the Faculty of Law. Students are able to select the classes and seminars they wish to study from within the faculty’s three departments, making for a more proactive study experience.
The specialized courses available within the faculty offer some unique opportunities to study law in the real world. Classes including a seminar in which students visit wineries to learn about the laws related to the production, sale, and import of wine, and a seminar in which students regularly hold mock trials, enable students to come to an understanding of the law through experience.
The Civil Service Seminar holds workshops focusing on the civil service examinations, conducted by professionals from outside the university, two or three times a week. This offers students the opportunity to prepare for the civil service examinations in a highly motivated fashion on campus, without the need to attend classes at another institution.
Selecting the subjects that best match your own interests from the abundant choices offered by the Department of Law is no easy task. To assist students in studying with a sense of purpose, the Department has prepared model study programs leading to different career paths, from qualification for a legal profession to employment in a private enterprise.
The study of law encompasses a diverse range of ways of thinking. The discipline is one that does not lend itself to individual, unique conclusions, and its study demands reference to a large number of texts and precedents. The Department has therefore established a Special Teaching Assistant (TA) system to provide support for students in the study of law. Young researchers in the doctoral program of the Faculty of Law graduate school act as TAs on both the Shirokane and Yokohama campuses, providing comprehensive support for students, from responding to questions regarding the content of courses and methods of study, to offering guidance in the writing of reports and graduation theses.
In the first year, students take dialogue-based small-group classes in civil law and criminal law, two very important fields of legal study. In addition, to enable students to build a solid foundation in methods of studying the law, we also offer Foundation Seminar in Law, a small seminar-style class.
In the second year, students participate in small seminars in order to ensure their mastery of the basic legal subjects that are essential for every lawyer. Efforts are made to help students master and deepen their understanding of basic subjects studied in the first and second years, with a focus on constitutional, civil, and criminal law.
In order to support students in the acquisition of more advanced legal knowledge and further enhance their ability to think legally, in the third year, students participate in seminars in addition to taking special lectures and seminar courses on public law, civil law, and criminal law, enabling them to discuss individual topics in greater depth. Students are also able to study leading-edge fields of law, such as international corporate activity, consumer issues, environmental issues, and legal frameworks for adult guardianship, in accordance with their individual inclinations and their future career paths.
Graduates of the Department of Law have four main career options: 1) Advancing to graduate school with the intention of entering the legal profession (becoming a judge, prosecuting attorney, or barrister); 2) Earning legal qualifications such as legal scrivener, tax attorney, administrative scrivener, or Labor and Social Security Attorney, and starting a business; 3) Finding employment with a private company; and 4) Becoming a government employee. Graduates of the department also have an excellent record of finding employment in a wide range of influential companies listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, including those in the areas of finance, securities, transport, communications and manufacturing. The proportion of graduates who become government employees is also the highest of any of our departments or faculties. The Department of Law has produced numerous government employees, in positions including national government employee, senior positions with regional administrations including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government or prefectural governments, special national taxation officer, Court Secretary, police officer and firefighter.