The Faculty of Law aims to develop people who have the courage to speak up in society when they face a situation that they cannot approve of from the standpoint of justice and fairness. Studies in law and politics are thus designed to teach students about social rules and how to acquire the ability to think and make judgments based on those rules so they may contribute to society with a strong sense of purpose. People with these qualities will continue to be sought after even when society changes. In fact, students who have graduated from our faculty are actively employed in various sectors of society, including private companies, public services, NPOs, political arenas, legal professions, and other professional occupations. Within the sphere of learning in the Faculty of Law, we hope our students will develop free, independent minds not readily influenced by others or the trends of the times.
Makoto Imao, Director, Faculty of Law
The principle of education in the Faculty of Law is to foster the development of active citizens who are equipped with specialized knowledge that enables them to work proactively to build a society of freedom, equality, and respect for the Other, meaning especially the disadvantaged. This in accordance with the tradition of Christian education that is the founding spirit of the university. Our starting point is the belief that studies of law and political science conducted under this educational principle are aimed at peace in society and happiness among human beings. We continually revisit this starting point and carry on teaching and research in this Faculty from a stance of respect for human beings and help for the disadvantaged, which we also intend as a means of addressing the new problems that arise in present-day society.
The Faculty of Law is organized according to its educational principle to have three departments (the Department of Law, the Department of Current Legal Studies, and the Department of Political Science). These profess their own respective educational objectives, and they organize and implement their own curriculum to realize their objectives.
Students in the Faculty of Law who are registered for the prescribed period of time, who acquire broad cultivation together with specialized knowledge of law and political science, and who further acquire practical competence, so that they have the capacity for multifaceted thought and judgment to deal with the problems that occur in society, are to be granted academic degrees. The bachelor’s degree requires the acquisition of 130 credits.
In order to realize the philosophy and educational objectives of the Faculty of Law, the fundamental policy for the Faculty’s academic program is declared in common for the three departments as placing emphasis on the program for the first academic year, assuring small class sizes, providing a thorough educational grounding, specifying the academic year in which core courses are to be taken, and systematically building academic competence though phased learning.
The student envisioned for the Faculty of Law is a person who will feel sympathy for the above educational principles and educational objectives. In common across the three departments, it is a student who is highly motivated to contribute to society, who has a strong sense of purpose and critical awareness, and who possesses the ability to think logically and judge matters aptly.