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Graduate Division of Law

The Graduate Division of Law is primarily concerned with development of an advanced level of jurisprudential knowledge so that specialists graduating from this program will be able to serve adeptly the current needs of society.

The graduate program provides two main areas of study: Public Law and Civil Law. Both the concentration in public law and the concentration in civil law offer a master's degree and the doctoral degree.

The master's degree program is a more closely supervised program providing an extensive erudition by which the students will acquire a broad and flexible ability to pursue careers in a variety of academic or professional fields. The doctoral program instills in its students the most advanced knowledge and ability to conduct research or be professional active.

The programs are structured by a system of personal supervision, compulsory course requirements, and additional requirements leading to completion of the degree program.

The master's degree program requires that the student spend a minimum of two years attending classes and developing a research topic. The student must earn not less than thirty credit hours and successfully complete a research thesis. The candidate must also successfully present an oral defense of the master's thesis to a board of examiners. In order to complete the doctoral degree program the candidate must successfully complete at least three more years of participation in required tutorial training subsequent to receipt of the master's degree. Following completion of the tutorial requirements, the candidate may submit a doctoral dissertation and present himself for a final doctoral examination.

The major areas of research topics allowable for a master's thesis or doctoral thesis are:

Public Law:

  • Constitutional Law
  • European Legal History
  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Public Law
  • Taxation Law

Civil Law:

  • Civil Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Labor Law

Students of Public Law are expected to study the composition of the Japanese Constitution and the formulation of International Constitutional Law. They should conduct theoretical and practical research into Administrative Law. They should learn the Criminal Law of Japan and Germany, the concept and formation of laws in Europe, solution of international conflicts from the standpoint of International Public Law, precedents of Taxation Law, and so on.

Students of Private Law study Civil Law (Property Law). They perform theoretical and basic research into Contract Law, Security Law, Criminal Law, and so on. They do theoretical research in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, and Law of Negotiable Instruments. Emphasis is paid to Securities and Exchange Law, Labor Law, and the changing structure of Labor relations.