The Department of Current Legal Studies focuses on three areas of contemporary law: consumer law, which addresses the rights and roles of consumers; corporate law, which addresses laws relevant to corporate activities; and environmental law, which addresses laws and policies to protect the global environment. Students make frequent use of computer technology to develop decision-making and information utilization skills appropriate to the information age.
Students establish a foundation in legal studies, develop information processing and communication skills, and study three cutting-edge, practically relevant areas of law.
Classes include special seminars (Legal Information Processing Seminar 1 and 2, etc.), information technology subjects (Information Processing 1-4, Law of Privacy and Disclosure, and Law and Artificial Intelligence, etc.), and consumer, corporate, and environmental law classes.
The Department arranges internships at consumer affairs centers in city and ward offices as well as at consumer organizations. Seeing laws and policies they learned about in the classroom being implemented is an opportunity for students to think about their own career path.
The Department offers a particularly strong lineup of classes on consumer law. In addition to full-time faculty members well-versed in legal practice, outside practitioners deliver classes with a real-world focus on topics such as important consumer rights legislation and its enforcement. Practitioners also teach consumer law seminars (compulsory elective), where students learn about the practice of consumer law in a small group setting.
In the environmental law program, students learn about the natural sciences while examining laws and regulations aimed at protecting the natural environment and preserving healthy living environments. In the corporate law program, they study a wide range of laws aimed at regulating the corporate activities that underlie the economy.
The Department provides model courses of study geared toward the following career paths: graduate study in the law, civil service, private sector, consumer affairs, environmental affairs, and international affairs. There is also a free model not tied to any particular career.
The Department incorporates advanced computer-based education to support its curriculum of cutting-edge law. Students refine their IT skills in small classes and develop the ability to gather and disseminate information and texts related to the law.
Students continue their study of the law by focusing on three cutting-edge fields. While acquiring advanced legal knowledge, they engage in self-directed learning through seminar classes, improving their awareness of various issues and their ability to solve problems.