Graduate School of Law : Admission Policy

Admission Policy

The Graduate School of Law Policy regarding Admission of New Students is established for the Major of Law.

Major of Law

Admission Policy

Based on the Meiji Gakuin University Graduate School’s Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Graduate School of Law’s Major of Law has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” in accordance with its “Policy regarding Course Completion & Degree Conferment” and “Policy regarding Curriculum Formulation and Implementation”, reflecting the major’s Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals.

  1. Applicant Criteria
    1. Demonstrates the fundamental abilities acquired at the master’s level and required to engage in the high-level research fields of law and politics.
    2. Understands and endorses the university’s educational philosophy of “Do for Others”, possesses a strong interest and spirit of inquiry concerning various issues arising in present-day society, as well as the ambition and potential to further develop the intellectual foundations acquired through master’s programs by mastering more profound academic theories and applications in order to contribute to society as an independent researcher or distinguished high-level professional.
  2. Basic Policy for Selection of Students
    Assess whether applicants possess the fundamental abilities and ambition outlined in “Applicant Criteria” above.
  3. Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
    1. Student selection is based on written and oral examinations with assessment based on the "Basic Policy for Selection of Students".
    2. Written examinations focus on evaluating the candidates' possession of the fundamental abilities acquired at the undergraduate level (or master's level for doctoral programs) necessary for pursuing study at the Graduate School. Oral examinations focus on evaluating the ambition and qualities needed to contribute to society as an academic researcher or high-level specialized professional.
    3. In particular, the eligibility of prospective Graduate School of Law students will be determined through the following screening methods.
      1. Individuals recognized as possessing the potential to produce a doctoral thesis, having produced a master's thesis (or a thesis deemed as equivalent) judged to be up to standard by experts in the field.
      2. Individuals recognized as possessing the abilities, as evaluated through written examinations, that enable research in comparative law/politics.
      3. Oral examinations will be conducted to assess whether individuals possess the ambition, research skills and learning environment needed to complete a doctoral thesis within three years.