The Faculty of Law seeks to foster a "legal mind" in students through the mastery of specialized knowledge of the law. While deepening students' awareness and understanding of the political functions that create the basic structure and legal systems of society, this faculty works to develop independent and autonomous law specialists who maintain a constant awareness of the relationship between law and contemporary society.
The curriculum of this department is designed first of all to give students a thorough grounding in the core elements of the legal system—the Constitution, the Civil Code, and the Penal Code—which provide the foundation for further study in specific laws and specialized legal fields. From the second year, students can choose from among three courses of study according to their interests, through which they can deepen their specialized knowledge in a small-class, seminar format.
This course is for students who plan to pursue graduate studies to become judges, lawyers, and public prosecutors, as well as those who are interested in a broad range of other law-related professions, such as judicial scriveners, real estate appraisers, and court officials. The curriculum focuses on the six law codes.
This course is tailored to students who plan to work in private-sector companies. Through its focus on areas including civil law, commercial law, economic law, and consumer law, it provides the legal grounding necessary for corporate operations and practical business transactions.
In this course, students interested in such contemporary concerns as welfare, the environment, and consumer issues receive legal training geared to the various issues confronting society today.
As administrative authority in Japan is gradually decentralized, local governments are increasingly expected to adopt policies suited to their specific regions and to operate more efficiently. Against this background, the Department of Local Government was established in 1995. Focusing on issues such as the environment, disaster prevention, and welfare from a localized perspective, it fosters individuals who can redefine the role of local government in a new era.
The curriculum is based on the study of law, politics, administration, and finance, and encourages an understanding of these disciplines from the point of view of local governance. Practical instruction is also provided by numerous lecturers who are active on the front lines of local government. Three models of course completion are offered: Environmental Politics and Law, Community Development, and Social Security. This arrangement enables students to select from a wide variety of local government issues and pursue systematic studies that fit with their future plans.