Major in Civil Law (Doctoral Program)
Major in Public Law (Doctoral Program)
In addition to nurturing academics, we are also making great strides in the training of professionals in the fields of jurisprudence and legal administration.
Objectives of Education
Up to now, the curriculum of the Graduate School of Law's master's program has aimed principally at the development of scholars, but the majority of our students have sought to deepen their legal knowledge with the goal of becoming members of the legal profession (principally lawyers) or legal administration specialists such as judicial scriveners, licensed tax accountants, experts in corporate legal affairs, legal specialists in the civil service, and so on. To respond to the demands of society that lie behind this shift in our students' objectives, we have worked to reform the School's curriculum.
Reforms of the national judiciary system have necessitated changes in the system for training members of the legal profession. Senshu University established a Law School in April 2004 in accordance with these reforms. Students desiring to enter the judiciary, whether as judges, prosecutors or attorneys, must earn a degree from a law school and complete additional coursework at the Judiciary Training Institute after passing the new judiciary examination. Along with other universities, Senshu University has drastically revised the curriculum of the master's program offered by the Graduate School of Law. The School is now offering a master's level Legal Studies Program, and training of experts in positive law will in the future primarily be offered to students who have completed coursework at the Law School before entering and finishing the doctoral program. However, students desiring to study law or political science, to become professional specialists such as licensed tax accountants, to become central or local government employees or acquire advanced teaching qualifications (specialized certificates), or to otherwise continue with advanced academic studies, are as welcome as ever to enter our master's program. In the doctoral program, students are set fundamental and specific research themes with the goal of giving them high-level theoretical training in the law and politics across a broad range of fields.
Features of the Legal Studies Program
The purpose of Graduate School of Law
Policy with Regard to Conferment of Degrees
(1) Possess a preeminent level of specialized knowledge required to perform as a university educator or researcher and highly qualified professional specialist.
(2) Be capable of taking an approach of original analysis and validation from the perspective of the law or political science with regard to the various social problems that have emerged as issues in one’s own research field.
(1) Possess advanced specialized knowledge as an exceptional university educator or researcher that can practice internationally competitive education or research, and in one’s own field of research, have an original theory that is ahead of its time.
(2) Be capable of conducting advanced and original research activities with abundant academic learning as a foundation, including having a foreign language ability in the field of one’s own research. The individual must also be able to present the results of that research at academic meetings and other venues, and to develop human talent in the field of research.
Policy with Regard to Curriculum Development and Implementation Policy
Furthermore, students will also be able to take advanced academic studies and advanced exercises from educators other than their academic supervisors so as to cultivate flexible thinking with regard to legal studies or political science.
In addition, students will also be able to conduct special research with their academic supervisors or with other educators so they can cultivate a wealth of academic knowledge, including a foreign-language ability.
Major in Law
Qualification and skill requirements for enrollment in the Graduate School of Law (Master's Program)
(1) Individuals with the fundamental knowledge, understanding and foreign language ability necessary to learn law or politics, and have the desire to proactively engage in research
(2) Individuals who desire to gain specialized knowledge and practical skills in the fields of law or politics, and contribute proactively to the society as highly specialized professionals
(3) Individuals who intend to polish up and improve upon the hands-on experiences they have gained in society in a theoretical manner, or those who wish to gain advanced knowledge with the specialized knowledge they currently possess
(4) Individuals who desire to combine knowledge from several fields, gain the ability to look at matters from multiple perspectives, and contribute proactively to society
Major in Civil Law
The Major in Civil Law (Doctoral Program) offered by the Graduate School of Law is looking for potential students who have completed the Master's Program, or graduated from a law school or some other professional graduate school, and fulfill the following requirements.
Qualification and skill requirements for enrollment in the Major in Civil Law (Doctoral Program) offered by the Graduate School of Law
(1) Individuals who wish to engage in research as independent researchers, and engage in educational activities based on the research, in the field of civil law
(2) Individuals who wish to be employed as highly specialized professionals, and engage in research activities, in the field of civil law
(3) Individuals who wish to utilize practical experiences to engage in research activities, in the field of civil law
Major in Public Law
Qualification and skill requirements for enrollment in the Major in Public Law (Doctoral Program) offered by the Graduate School of Law
(1) Individuals who wish to engage in research as independent researchers, and engage in educational activities based on the research, in the fields of public law and politics
(2) Individuals who wish to be employed as highly specialized professionals, and engage in research activities, in the fields of public law and politics
(3) Individuals who wish to utilize practical experiences to engage in research activities, in the fields of public law and politics