Department of Law Curriculum

The aim of the Department of Law is not only to train lawyers. Our goal is to cultivate a legal mindset in our students. This refers to the ability to analyze social phenomena from a legal perspective, which is a necessary skill in judicial, governmental, and business settings, as well as in everyday life. The Department of Law’s curriculum is designed to provide students with a rigorous foundation of knowledge by familiarizing them first with constitutional, civil, and criminal law before they move on to core and advanced subjects to deepen their expertise in accordance with their interests. Jurisprudence is by no means a field that only a handful of experts can understand. It is a means through which we can solve individual problems and design what human society should look like.

Students build a foundation of knowledge by studying constitutional, civil, and criminal law in their first and second years. In their third and fourth years, the wider world of jurisprudence awaits them. Students can study various domains of jurisprudence according to their interests and with their future career goals in mind.

Cross-Listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are a unique aspect of the Faculty of Law curriculum, with students taking a systematic rather than comprehensive approach to liberal arts courses. Through seminars on the humanities and natural sciences, students can further develop and deepen their understanding, and they can also earn a sub-major after completing specific academic requirements in an area after four years of study.

Languages Subjects include:
English / German / French / Chinese / Korean / Spanish / Russian / Arabic
Students can choose the language and course level that best suits their goals and ambitions.

Regular Course
Regular courses are held twice a week, letting students learn the basics of a new language.
Intensive Course
Intensive courses are held four times a week with in-depth study over an extended period. Classes are small and taught by native speakers.

Social Sciences Department of Law
Law / Sociology / Geography / Economics / Political Science / History of Modern Thought / and more
Department of Political Science
Law / Sociology / Constitutional Law / Civil Law / Principles of Economics / Economic Policy / Public Finance / and more
Humanities Linguistic Science / Area Studies on Culture / Literature / History / History of Science / Fundamentals of Logic / Ethics / Science of Religion / Philosophy / Music / Chinese Classics / Fine Arts / Advanced Study of Humanities / Humanities seminars / General Humanities / and more
Natural Sciences Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Basic Mathematics / Psychology / Basic Statistics / Advanced Study of Natural Science / Natural Sciences seminars / and more
Mathematics, Statistics, Information Processing Mathematics / Statistics / Information Processing / Advanced Information Processing / Statistical Information Processing / and more
Languages
Subjects include:
English / German / French / Chinese / Korean / Spanish / Russian / Arabic
Students can choose the language and course level that best suits their goals and ambitions.

Regular Course
Regular courses are held twice a week, letting students learn the basics of a new language.
Intensive Course
Intensive courses are held four times a week with in-depth study over an extended period. Classes are small and taught by native speakers.

Social Sciences
Department of Law
Law / Sociology / Geography / Economics / Political Science / History of Modern Thought / and more
Department of Political Science
Law / Sociology / Constitutional Law / Civil Law / Principles of Economics / Economic Policy / Public Finance / and more
Humanities
Linguistic Science / Area Studies on Culture / Literature / History / History of Science / Fundamentals of Logic / Ethics / Science of Religion / Philosophy / Music / Chinese Classics / Fine Arts / Advanced Study of Humanities / Humanities seminars / General Humanities / and more
Natural Sciences
Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Basic Mathematics / Psychology / Basic Statistics / Advanced Study of Natural Science / Natural Sciences seminars / and more
Mathematics, Statistics, Information Processing
Mathematics / Statistics / Information Processing / Advanced Information Processing / Statistical Information Processing / and more

Seminars

In their third and fourth years, students study in small, specialized seminars under the guidance and support of a single professor. This program is an extension of the classes taken by first and second-year students, allowing them to deepen their research in a more specialized area. Although these seminars are not required, they are taught by full-time members of the Faculty of Law, with small groups of students studying specialist areas in greater depth.

Constitutional Law Go KOYAMA Seminar / Keigo KOMAMURA Seminar
Civil Law / Intellectual Property Law / Private International Law Aki KITAZAWA Seminar / Koji MUKAWA Seminar / Hirotaka TADAKA Seminar / Yuko KIMIJIMA Seminar / Emiko MARUYAMA Seminar
Criminal Law Tatsuya OTA Seminar / Philipp OSTEN Seminar / Gentaro KAMEI Seminar / Takuma SATO Seminar
Commercial Law Tamesaburo YAMAMOTO Seminar / Chikako SUZUKI Seminar / Takahiro SUGITA Seminar / Akimasa YANAGI Seminar / Nobuko MATSUMOTO Seminar
Civil Procedure Shinobu OHAMA Seminar / Misa KIM Seminar
Administrative Law Junichi AOKI Seminar
Tax Law Norihisa YOSHIMURA Seminar
Environmental Law Masumi TOBE Seminar
Social Law Jiro TAMURA Seminar / Megumi NAITO Seminar
International Law Masahito OMORI Seminar / Inha YUN Seminar
Foreign Law Michiyo MAEDA Seminar
Legal History Juro IWATANI Seminar / Masanori YABUMOTO Seminar / Takehiro OHYA Seminar

Sub-Majors

The Faculty of Law offers courses in the areas of foreign languages, humanities, natural sciences, and beyond so that students may acquire a broad range of knowledge and a thorough liberal arts education. However, it goes without saying that factual knowledge and a solid liberal arts grounding can only be developed into a comprehensive worldview if they are studied with a systematic approach. For example, studying Area Studies on Culture I through IV will allow students to build up their knowledge systematically. In addition, there are humanities and natural sciences seminars for third- and fourth-year students in which they can apply the knowledge acquired in the first two years.
After completing specific academic requirements, students qualify for a sub-major and receive an official certificate from the Faculty of Law.