Department of Current Legal Studies

Department of Law
Department of Current Legal Studies
Department of Political Science

The Department of Current Legal Studies covers “Consumer Law,” which gives students an understanding of the rights and roles of consumers, “Corporate Law,” which gives students an understanding of the law as it relates to corporate activities, and “Environmental Law,” which gives students an understanding of laws and policies for the protection of the environment. Students use computers to study these laws from the perspective of “contemporary law,” and develop the ability to discern information that is necessary for the information age. ”

Department of Current Legal Studies

Features of the Department of Current Legal Studies

In the Department of Current Legal Studies, students create the foundations for learning about law and study three groups of advanced and practical law subjects, while gaining skills relating to the handling and transmission of information.

Experience laws in action through internships that are exclusive to the Department

The Department offers internships with consumer service centers such as those with city offices, ward offices, consumer groups, etc. Students are given the opportunity to consider their future options by experiencing how the laws and policies that they learn about in the classroom are implemented in real life.

Full line-up of consumer law subjects and seminars taught by practitioners

The Department offers a particularly extensive line-up of consumer law subjects. Students are given practical learning opportunities through omnibus-style lectures taught by outside practitioners, as well as with full-time faculty members that are well-versed in legal practice. In addition, at consumer law seminars conducted by practitioners (required elective), students learn about the practice of consumer law through small group seminars.

Approach environmental issues and corporate activities from a legal perspective

In environmental law courses, students develop their knowledge of natural sciences as a precursor to thinking about environmental law, before giving consideration to the laws and regulations that protect both natural environments and human living environments. In corporate law courses, students are given the opportunity to study the various laws that establish the rules that govern the corporate activities which support the economy.

A range of different career paths exists with seven course models

Flow of the 4-Year Program

First and second year: Learn to master computers and establish foundational knowledge of the law

At the Department of Current Legal Studies, which deals with the cutting-edge legal issues, we have introduced advanced computer education. In small group classes, students hone their IT skills, while developing the ability to collect and convey literature and information concerning the law.

Third and fourth year: Enter the world of specialized and practical contemporary law

Students engage in specialized and developmental study of the law, centered on three cutting-edge fields. In addition to acquiring high-level knowledge, students develop an awareness of issues, along with problem-solving abilities, through self-directed study at seminars.

Paths after Graduation

Graduates go on to work in diverse industries, including finance, insurance, commerce, and distribution. Due to their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific mechanisms behind advanced computer technology and the environment, graduates are also increasingly being employed in fields such as IT, chemistry, and pharmaceuticals, which had previously been thought of as domains for science graduates. Also, because of the full-range of law subjects available, there are also graduates that progress to law school with the aim of becoming legal specialists, such as judges, lawyers, and public prosecutors.

Ratio of candidates for employment by industry (Fiscal 2014-2016)