The Faculty of Law seeks to foster a “legal mind” in students through the mastery of expert knowledge of the law. While deepening students’ awareness and understanding of the political functions that create the basic structure and legal systems of society, the faculty works to develop independent and autonomous legal specialists who maintain a constant awareness of the relationship between law and contemporary society.

Department of Law

The curriculum of this department gives students a thorough grounding in the core elements of the legal system—the Constitution, the Civil Code, and the Penal Code—which provides the foundation for further study in special laws and particular legal fields. From the second year, students can follow their interests and choose from among three courses of study, through which they can deepen expert knowledge in a small class-based seminar format.

Legal Professional Course

This course nurtures students who will pursue graduate studies to become judges, lawyers, and public prosecutors, or who are interested in a broad range of other law-related professions, such as judicial scrivener, real estate appraiser, and court official. The curriculum focuses on the Six Codes of law.

Corporate Law Course

Aimed at students who plan to work in private-sector companies, this course seeks to provide the grounding in legal education necessary for corporate management and practical business transactions. Studies in the course focus on areas including civil law, commercial law, economic law, and consumer law.

Contemporary Society Course

This course, tailored for students interested in such contemporary concerns as welfare, the environment, and consumer issues, follows issues in contemporary society from a legal perspective.

Department of Local Government

As the promotion of decentralization of administrative authority is advocated in Japan, interest is growing in the efficient operation of government and in tailoring distinctive local governments to regional needs. Against this background, the Department of Local Government was established in 1995. Bringing regional perspectives to issues such as the environment, disaster readiness, and welfare, the department fosters individuals who will pioneer paths for local government in a new era. The curriculum is based on the study of law, local government administration, and politics, and encourages an understanding of the political, administrative, and financial underpinnings of local governance. Many practical courses are also held, with lecturers invited from among administrative staff who are active on the front lines of local government. Three models are offered for studies: Environmental Politics and Law, Community Development, and Social Security. This arrangement enables students to select from a wide variety of local government issues and to pursue studies in line with their career plans.