Faculty of Law : Admission Policy

Admission Policy

Based on Meiji Gakuin University’s Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Faculty of Law has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” in accordance with its “Policy regarding Graduation & Degree Conferment” and “Policy regarding Curriculum Formulation and Implementation”, reflecting the faculty’s Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals.
The Faculty of Law’s Policy regarding Admission of New Students, outlined below, is common to all departments.

  1. Type of Personnel Sought
    1. As a prerequisite for engaging in Faculty of Law curricula, demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level (fundamental ability in Japanese, foreign languages, geography and history, politics and economics, ethics, mathematics, natural sciences, etc.).
    2. Understands the faculty’s human resource development aims (nurture individuals who possess the specialized knowledge in law and politics, along with the courage to raise their voice concerning issues, to create a fair and equal society that respects the vulnerable) and educational goals (nurture individuals, armed with legal and political knowledge, with the spirit and ambition to contribute to society); possesses the ambition to engage earnestly in study.
  2. Basic Policy for Selection of Students
    Assess whether an applicant possesses the fundamental abilities, spirit, aspirations and ambition outlined in “Applicant Criteria” above.
  3. Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
    Student selection is based on general or special entrance examinations, evaluated according to the “Basic Policy for Selection of Students” above.

Department of Law

Admission Policy

Based on the Faculty of Law Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Department of Law has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” reflecting its Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals.

  1. Type of Personnel Sought
    1. Strong desire to contribute to society
      Meiji Gakuin University has adopted an educational philosophy of “Do for Others”. The Department of Law welcomes prospective students eager to be proactively involved in society and contribute at every opportunity, demonstrating a legal mind and spirit of tolerance.
    2. Pertinent judgment
      At a time of diversifying values and intense change, society needs individuals with a balanced sense of judgment that considers various arguments and factors, as well as the ability to logically assert personal ideas. Given these conditions, the Department of Law seeks potential students who always consider matters for themselves and are able to make sensible judgments.
    3. Strong sense of purpose
      Legal study has a long history, with current laws and related studies existing as an accumulation of precedents and theories. Meanwhile, a significant number of cases must deal with modern issues not anticipated in existing laws and legal studies. The Department of Law expects potential students of law to possess the ambition to tackle social issues and bring a fresh approach to solving problems.
  2. Basic Policy for Selection of Students
    1. Given that law governs various fields, the Department of Law requires that prospective students study a broad range of subjects at the senior high school level prior to entering university, as a prerequisite for engaging in the department’s curriculum.
    2. In particular, studying legal interpretation after entering university requires the ability to accurately read documents (comprehension) and explain ideas logically (reasoning and expression). As such, a sound proficiency in Japanese is very important, and understanding of contemporary writing is essential. In addition, understanding of classical literature and archaic terms is useful in interpreting the law.
    3. In a globalized modern society, law is also affected by globalization. As such, knowledge of foreign languages is essential for studying law.
    4. Laws possess their own histories and are inseparable from society. Knowledge of world history, Japanese history, geography, politics/economics and ethics is also useful for understanding these laws.
    5. Logical reasoning is an essential aspect of legal study, and knowledge of mathematics is beneficial.
  3. Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
    The department uses multifaceted methods to select prospective students.
    1. In All-Faculty or A Schedule entrance examinations, selection is based on general written tests focusing on understanding of subjects studied at the senior high school. Similarly, selection through the Meiji Gakuin Admissions Center Entrance Examination is also focused on understanding of subjects studied at the senior high school.
    2. Selection through the B Schedule entrance examinations focuses on foreign languages and essays. Specifically, these written examinations emphasize the ability to discern issues in modern society and demonstrate solutions by answering questions on the content of longer essays related to social science topics.
    3. Through the “Entrance Examination by Recommendation (Designated School)” or “Entrance Examination by Special Recommendation (Affiliated School), the department selects prospective students, who understand the university’s educational philosophy and display the attributes sought by the Department of Law, via transcripts and interviews based on the recommendation of senior high school principals designated (requested) by the university.

Department of Current Legal Studies

Admission Policy

Based on the Faculty of Law Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Department of Current Legal Studies has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” in accordance with its “Policy regarding Graduation & Degree Conferment” and “Policy regarding Curriculum Formulation and Implementation”, reflecting the department’s Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals.

  1. Type of Personnel Sought
    1. Demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level and necessary to understand and engage in legal matters at the Department of Current Legal Studies. In particular, demonstrates the fundamental knowledge in the subjects of Japanese, geography and history, politics and economics, and mathematics, as well as the logical reasoning and expression abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level.
    2. Understands the university’s educational philosophy of “Do for Others”; endorses the viewpoint of consumer protection and consideration for others and the environment; possesses an interest in the various issues arising in present-day society, as well as the ambition to earnestly study these issues from the above perspectives.
    3. Possesses a strong ambition to independently contribute to solving problems faced by modern society, including consumer and environmental issues, without being afraid of new challenges.
  2. Basic Policy for Selection of Students
    1. Through written and interview examinations, prospective students are assessed and selected on the ability to convey personal ideas logically, as well as the fundamental abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level and necessary for studying the legal issues of modern society (law in advanced fields).
    2. Assess whether applicants possess the ambition and interest to engage in the legal issues of modern society (law in advanced fields), such as consumer and environmental issues, upon enrollment.
  3. Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
  4. Prospective students may take the All-Faculty Schedule, A Schedule or B Schedule general entrance examinations, or the Meiji Gakuin Admissions Center Entrance Examination. Alternatively, special entrance examinations include the “AO Entrance Examination by Self-Nomination”, “Entrance Examination by Recommendation (Designated School)”, and “Entrance Examination by Special Recommendation (Affiliated School)”. Evaluation methods vary by type of examination, including general written examinations and longer essays focusing on comprehension, logical reasoning and expression ability related to social sciences. These examinations are used to select individuals who will study in the department and be active in society.

Department of Global Legal Studies

Admission Policy

Based on the Faculty of Law Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Department of Global Legal Studies has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” in accordance with its “Policy regarding Graduation & Degree Conferment” and “Policy regarding Curriculum Formulation and Implementation”, reflecting the department’s Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals.

  1. Type of Personnel Sought
    1. Demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level.
    2. Possesses an interest in the rapidly globalizing political, economic and cultural climate, as well as a strong desire to play an active role internationally as a “global citizen”, utilizing an ability to find legal solutions supported by flexible cross-cultural understanding and practical communication.
    3. Possesses a keen interest and potential ability in English.
  2. Basic Policy for Selection of Students
    The department assesses the following, based on desirable student attributes.
    1. Student selection evaluates the fundamental knowledge and skills, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level.
    2. Assess whether applicants possess the attitude to cope with the curriculum after enrollment.
  3. Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
  4. Student selection involves written and/or interview examinations, evaluated according to the Basic Policy for Selection of Students.

Department of Political Science

Admission Policy

Based on the Faculty of Law Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Department of Political Science has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” in accordance with its “Policy regarding Graduation & Degree Conferment” and “Policy regarding Curriculum Formulation and Implementation”, reflecting the department’s Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals.

  1. Type of Personnel Sought
    1. Individuals who understand the educational philosophy of “Do for Others”, and possess the intellectual ability to put it into practice. That is, individuals who demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level.
    2. Individuals who endorse the Department of Political Science educational philosophy of cultivating “educated political citizens”, and proactively seek social involvement, both during enrollment and following graduation, as members of a dignified civil society. That is, individuals with the ambition to engage and maintain fresh interest in issues concerning world events, regardless of significance or global location.
    3. Individuals who possess the courage to put forth sound arguments as “educated political citizens” and the ability to imagine the conditions of others, and share the hope of leading Japan’s society towards a better future.
  2. Basic Policy for Selection of Students
    1. Student selection is based on written and interview examinations, which assess whether applicants possess the fundamental abilities that are expected outcomes at the senior high school level and necessary for studying political science.
    2. Assess whether applicants have the drive to engage in the curriculum to cultivate “educated political citizens” after enrollment.
  3. Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
  4. Student selection includes the All-Faculty Schedule or A Schedule general written examinations, the Meiji Gakuin Admissions Center Entrance Examination, as well as the B Schedule (general writing and lecture comprehension), which emphasizes lecture comprehension. Alternatively, applicants may take the “AO Entrance Examination by Self-Nomination”, “Entrance Examination by Recommendation (Designated School)”, or “Entrance Examination by Special Recommendation (Affiliated School)”. Through the AO Entrance Examination by Self-Nomination, the department seeks applicants capable of contributing to society and their communities - individuals who possess not merely good school results, but also rich international experience and volunteer activity record. These examinations are used to select diverse individuals who will be active in society as educated political citizens.