Department of Current Legal Studies

Department of Law
Department of Current Legal Studies
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The Department of Current Legal Studies focuses on 3 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.

Department of Current Legal Studies

Key Features of the Department of Current Legal Studies

Students establish a foundation in legal studies, develop information processing and communication skills, and study 3 cutting-edge, practically relevant areas of law.

Instruction in both the law and information processing and communication

Classes include special seminars (Legal Data Processing 1 and 2, etc.), basic departmental subjects (Information Processing 1-4), and consumer, corporate, and environmental law classes.

Exclusive departmental internships that show students the law in action

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.

A robust selection of consumer law classes, including many taught by practitioners

The Department offers a particularly strong lineup of classes on consumer law. In addition to faculty members familiar with the practice of this field, outside practitioners teach omnibus-style lectures on the practical aspects of consumer rights. Practitioners also teach consumer-law seminars (a required elective), where students learn about the practice of consumer law in a small group setting.

A legal perspective on environmental problems and corporate activity

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.

7 model courses of study to match diverse career goals

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 4-Year Program

Years 1 and 2: Gain computer skills while mastering foundational legal knowledge

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.

Years 3 and 4: Enter the world of specialized, practical, contemporary law

Students continue their study of the law by focusing on 3 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.

  • Support for attaining certification
  • The State Examination Preparation Center offers programs to help students attain licenses in consumer- and information-related fields, including preparing for the Consumer Affairs Advisor Test and the Information Technology Passport Examination. Courses on career design support students as they envision their future career and move through the interview and hiring process.

  • Diverse seminars
  • In addition to the basic seminars on constitutional, civil, and criminal law, the Department offers many other unique, small-group seminars tailored to diverse student needs. Topics include problems of consumer law, information processing, and legal issues related to artificial intelligence.

    Where Our Graduates Are Now

    Department graduates are employed in a wide range of sectors including finance, insurance, trading, and distribution. Thanks to the Department’s excellent training in computer skills and environmental sciences, an increasing number are also finding employment in fields traditionally associated with hard-science degrees, such as the IT, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. The strong selection of legal classes enables others to move on to graduate school in the law and pursue careers as judges, lawyers, or public prosecutors.

    Job placement rate by field, 2015–2017 (%)