Department of Global Legal Studies

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

Legal studies to bridge Japan and the world

In preparation for careers on the global stage, students learn legal problem-solving skills based on objective rules while also acquiring practical communication skills and intercultural understanding. A second-year study abroad component helps students enhance their language skills and acquire real-world understanding of overseas cultures and laws. The Department seeks highly motivated students eager to study law across national borders.

Department of Law

Key Features of the Department of Global Legal Studies

Global Legal Studies is a challenging and innovative new department that trains global professionals capable of responding to the needs of global society using legal knowledge and English language skills.

Three curricular components to educate professionals capable of meeting society’s needs

Japan is currently globalizing on two levels. While its companies expand outward into overseas markets, Japan is also undergoing a process of rapid internal internationalization. In order to respond to both types of globalization, students need legal knowledge and problem-solving skills, English language abilities, and intercultural understanding.

Original English-language curriculum

The Department’s English education program includes pre-study abroad courses emphasizing the four skills of language acquisition, as well as courses on Japanese law taught in English. After studying abroad, students apply what they have learned and further enhance their knowledge through courses in English on law, politics, culture and business English.

Small, intensive classes starting in the first year

Starting in the first year, students receive individual instruction in small, intensive classes. The program provides a supportive learning environment for all students. Instructor-to-student ratio is about 10 to 65.

All students study abroad at an English-speaking university

All students in the Department study abroad in the fall semester of their second year. While at the overseas host institutions, they study the local legal system and experience the local culture using English.

Meiji Gakuin University’s unique financial support system for study abroad

All students studying abroad through the Department are eligible to receive the Curriculum Study Abroad Student Scholarship. This award helps make study abroad possible through individual grants of 250,000 yen. (Please note that students studying abroad are required to pay tuition fees to MGU.) Students may also apply for the Study Abroad Scholarship Fund from the Shirokane Law Association, the Faculty of Law’s alumni association. The Association awards 200,000 to a total of twelve students, three from each of the Faculty’s four departments. This fund provides additional assistance for law students stepping beyond Japan’s borders.

The Four-Year Program

First Year: Small group seminars encourage self-directed learning

While acquiring academic literacy in small-group introductory seminars, students develop their communication skills through oral presentations and debates. First-year courses include: Introduction to Japanese Law (taught in English); International Human Rights Law, which presents international human rights issues from a legal perspective; and Global Cultural Studies (taught in English), which explores the diversity of Japanese culture.

Second Year: All students study abroad

All students in the Department study abroad in the fall semester of the second year. While at the overseas host institutions, they study the local legal system in English and experience the local culture. Since English is the primary language of international business, all study-abroad destinations are in located in countries where English is widely spoken.

Third and Fourth Years: Learning to apply skills and take action with an eye to the future

In the third-year seminars, students study issues in global society while working to apply their legal knowledge in small-group settings. Fieldwork provides further opportunities for practical learning.

Our Graduates

Graduates of this newly-established department can expect to find employment in a wide range of fields, including domestic and international business, travel, civil and public service, journalism and broadcasting, and the legal profession. Students can apply their legal knowledge and English abilities by working at foreign-owned manufacturers, trading companies, financial institutions, and IT companies. Overseas experience will help graduates pursue careers as domestic or international civil servants and as staff with international NGOs. Students can apply their English abilities and broad knowledge to work in the airline industry, media, and similar fields. Options in the legal field include careers as lawyers specializing in international issues or as administrative or judicial scriveners.