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School of Law

Introduction to the School of Law

Senshu University was established in 1880 by four young founders who had studied abroad at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. It was Japan’s first private school of law, and when it switched the language of instruction from a foreign language to Japanese, it found a dramatically larger body of interested students. It also threw open its doors to young people who wished to study while working by opening an evening division. In this way, the University has played an important role as a pioneer of private education while at the same time helping to the train the human resources that would provide the foundation that was to prove essential to the construction of Japan as a modern nation governed by the rule of law.

As the inheritor of this tradition, the School of Law offers an educational program in law and political science that is designed not simply to provide instruction in the knowledge and techniques of these two disciplines, but also to foster the development of professionals with the skills needed to work autonomously to resolve a variety of social problems. They do so by continuously seeking truth in accordance with a creative thought process informed by geographical and regional perspectives, deep human understanding, and ethical values built on a foundation of respect for the dignity of human life and an understanding of the need to safeguard fundamental human rights.

To study law and political science, one must study people and society. The Senshu University School of Law’s approach continues to evolve on a daily basis as it pursues law and political science on behalf of humankind. For more specific information about its educational program, please see the admissions policy, curriculum policy, and diploma policy below.

Introduction to the School of Law

Department of Law

Introduction to the Department of Law

One major role of legal professionals is to conceive of new social frameworks in response to the demands of contemporary society, which is grappling with contemporary issues involving the environment, poverty, wealth inequality, and gender.

By fostering the development of legal knowledge and a legal thought process through specialized education in law, the Department of Law seeks to train professionals who can make appropriate judgments about legal issues with a broadly grounded outlook that takes human rights into account.

Characteristics and course structure of the Department of Law

Students of the Department of Law cultivate a legal thought process while honing their ability to think from a broad range of perspectives in order to become legal professionals who will create new social frameworks. First-year students foster study skills in Senshu University introductory seminars and their basic scholastic skills for studying law through readings of foundational texts. They also broaden their perspective by actively studying liberal-arts subjects such as ethics and philosophy. Starting during their second year, they deepen their studies by choosing a course based on their future career plans.

Judiciary Professional Course
As demand for legal professionals rises against a backdrop of increasing social conflict, the Judiciary Professional Course fosters the scholastic skills needed by a broad range of legal professionals, including judges, public prosecutors, attorneys, and judicial scriveners.

Legal Business Career Course
The Legal Business Career Course seeks to endow students with legal knowledge to prepare them for careers in corporate legal affairs divisions and to enable them to address a broad range of business issues from a legal perspective, including in finance, logistics, insurance, trading company operations, and real-estate transactions.

Public Policy Course
Professionals who possess the ability to think in legal terms along with problem-solving skills play an essential role in national and local governments, as well as volunteer groups, NPOs, NGOs, and other organizations. The Public Policy Course strives to prepare students for the civil service examination while teaching a legal approach to legal affairs services.

Department of Politics

Introduction to the Department of Politics

Through specialized education in political science, the Department of Politics strives to train professionals who possess the values of autonomous individuals, and the policy skills to autonomously identify and observe a variety of social problems and work toward their resolution.

Globalization is having a major impact on not only the economy, but also politics. In addition to analyzing Japanese politics and searching for a vision for its future, the field of political science is being asked to contribute to the formation of a new order by searching for the causes of upheaval and strife in various regions around the world, and providing methods for their peaceful resolution. The Department of Politics seeks to train professionals who will be able to play a useful role in society through the mastery of political science.

Characteristics and course structure of the Department of Politics

The Department of Politics pursues research into economic inequality, ethnic conflict, international terror, and other problems currently being discussed around the world from the standpoint of the theory and history of politics. During their first year of study, students master the basic skills needed for university-level study, including creating reports and presentations, as well as the fundamentals of political science in Senshu University introductory seminars and through readings of foundational texts. Then starting in their second year of study, students choose a course in which they will analyze a research topic from a variety of angles as they work towards a resolution of the underlying problems.

The Course for Political Theories and History
The Course for Political Theories and History focuses on general political theory, historical research, and ethics and norms, examining such questions as the nature of freedom and liberalism, and the form of the state in a time of increasing globalization. Students study the principles and norms of politics, including the latest ideas in political theory, in order to cultivate a global perspective that will prove invaluable in helping to mold the international community of the 21st century.

The Course for International Politics and Local Foreign Affairs
The Course for International Politics and Local Foreign Affairs views the world as a single international community and seeks to understand political developments therein. In their research students will examine and analyze historical perspectives and political patterns in countries and regions other than Japan, as they acquire the skills needed for positions in global companies and international organizations.

The Course for Japanese Politics and Policies
The Course for Japanese Politics and Policies will enable students to better understand Japanese politics and the policy formation process so that ultimately they will be able themselves to develop policies for Japan. In the modern age, local public bodies in Japan cannot afford to craft policy without taking into account global political developments, and this course is designed to foster leadership qualities for a variety of arenas inside and outside Japan.

Department of Law (Evening Division)

Introduction to the Department of Law (Evening Division)

The Department of Law (Evening Division) places a core emphasis on cultivating legal knowledge and legal thought process. It strives to provide study opportunities to highly motivated students as part of lifelong learning, by supporting students who wish to pursue their education while working, and to provide educational opportunities to students who wish to pursue a variety of careers. It also seeks to train professionals who can make appropriate judgments about various issues with a broadly grounded outlook that takes human rights into account.

Students of the Department of Law (Evening Division) study the hermeneutics of numerous legal fields, including the so-called six areas of law—constitutional law, civil law, criminal law, commercial law, the Code of Civil Procedure, and the Code of Criminal Procedure—as well as labor law, tax law, economic law, and other types of law. The law does not comprise a disorganized collection of disparate rules, but rather embodies a systematic, logical series of general, abstract provisions that have been structured so as to allow their application in a variety of situations. To resolve issues through the application of laws requires an understanding of the meaning and content of those laws. Consequently, in addition to law, it is desirable that students study such fields as the three social sciences of political science, economics, and sociology, as well as the humanities and natural sciences, and courses are available in each of these disciplines. Legal study and research includes not only legal interpretation, but also the fields of legal philosophy, legal history, the sociology of law, and foreign law, and students study those fields as well.

Characteristics and study models of the Department of Law (Evening Division)

The three schools in the University’s Evening Division recognize credits from each other’s courses, enabling students of the School of Law to take select specialized courses offered by the School of Economics and the School of Commerce. They can also take select specialized and liberal-arts courses offered by the School of Law’s Department of Law and Department of Politics. The Department of Law offers the following four study models, which consist primarily of lecture courses offered by the Department’s Evening Division, as a reference for students in all years of study as they register for courses:

Public Law Model
This study model is suitable for students who wish to study the laws that support our civil society by specializing in those fields that are necessary in their chosen career path, or who wish to focus their study on politics and government as practiced by national and local public groups. It is designed to meet the needs of students who are, or wish to become, civil servants (including teachers), pursue a career in journalism, or in a private-sector organization such as an international organization or NGO.

Legal Affairs Model
This study model is generally recommended for School of Law students who are planning to take the National Bar Examination, the judicial scrivener examination, examinations for other law-related qualifications such as real-estate transaction specialist, or various civil service examinations. It is also open to students who wish to continue their studies in law school in order to qualify to take the National Bar Examination.

Business Law Model
This study model is recommended for students who wish to efficiently master legal knowledge in recognition of the fact that such knowledge is essential for School of Law students planning to become businesspeople, as it will enable them to detect operational risks in advance, carry out legal checks, and resolve problems that arise in the world of business.

Tax and Finance Law Model
This study model is recommended for students who wish to efficiently master the basic knowledge they will need to pursue a career as a tax planner, financial planner, or other professional in an industry such as finance, securities, or insurance.

Diploma Policy: Awarding of degrees and certification of graduation

School of Law
The School of Law awards a Bachelor’s Degree in Law to a student who has attended its Day- or Evening-division Department of Law or a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science to the same who has attended its Day-division Department of Politics on the condition that he or she has completed all the study courses required by the university with 124 credits earned (including those from compulsory courses), thereby having attained an extensive and in-depth general knowledge as well as advanced academic knowledge and skills (science and technologies) in law or political science, as applicable, so that he or she is able to and has a willingness to detect, either at work or in his or her everyday life, issues or problems related to law or politics and to seriously study such issues or problems toward finding the best possible solution. Based on this general principle, a student needs to have attained the below-described qualities and capacities to graduate from the individual departments of the School.

Department of Law, Day Division
  1. Has an extensive general knowledge in world affairs including governments and communities, history, culture, nature and environment, so that he or she is capable of comprehensively recognizing the meaning of his or her presence in a dynamic and diverse community. (Knowledge and understanding)
  2. Has a general and systematic understanding of the study of law as well as advanced knowledge in its specific fields. (Knowledge and understanding)
  3. Has a strong respect of human dignity and is able to and has a willingness to deal with various issues and problems with a keen awareness of human rights, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of the human society. (Interest, willingness and attitude)
  4. Is capable of logical and interactive communications so as to convey his or her legal assertion to others to obtain understanding. (Skills and power of expression)
  5. Has developed a “legal mind”, which enables his or her to proactively detect issues and problems in every possible area of the society and to analyze them vigorously to find the best possible solution. (Power of thinking and judgment)
Department of Politics, Day Division
  1. Has an extensive general knowledge in world affairs including governments and communities, history, culture, nature and environment, so that he or she is capable of comprehensively recognizing the meaning of his or her presence in a dynamic and diverse community. (Knowledge and understanding)
  2. Has a broad range of basic knowledge in political science as well as advanced and in-depth knowledge in its specific fields. (Knowledge and understanding)
  3. Has a deep-rooted willingness to be actively involved in the development and betterment of the society as a self-dependent citizen. (Interest, willingness and attitude)
  4. Is able to and has a willingness to collect and analyze various information from diverse perspectives and to output the analyzed result in a clear and straightforward manner. (Skills and power of expression)
  5. Detect issues and problems that may lie hidden in every possible area of the society, studying them vigorously and finding the best possible solution. (Power of thinking and judgment)
Department of Law, Evening Division
  1. Has an extensive general knowledge in world affairs including governments and communities, history, culture, nature and environment, so that he or she is capable of comprehensively recognizing the meaning of his or her presence in a dynamic and diverse community. (Knowledge and understanding)
  2. Has a general and systematic understanding of the study of law as well as advanced knowledge in its specific fields. (Knowledge and understanding)
  3. Has a strong respect of human dignity and is able to and has a willingness to deal with various issues and problems with a keen awareness of human rights, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of the human society. (Interest, willingness and attitude)
  4. Is capable of logical and interactive communications so as to convey his or her legal assertion to others to obtain understanding. (Skills and power of expression)
  5. Has developed a “legal mind”, which enables his or her to proactively detect issues and problems in every possible area of the society and to analyze them vigorously to find the best possible solution. (Power of thinking and judgment)

Department of Law Diploma Policy: Awarding of degrees and certification of graduation

School of Law
The School of Law, in order for its students to attain the qualities and capabilities that they are expected to fulfill as the requirement to graduate and/or receive degrees, systematically and effectively plans courses in the transitional, introductory, liberal arts and specialized curricula to be provided by its departments (liberal arts and specialized courses in the evening division of the Department of Economics), in an optimum mix of classroom lectures and practical courses. The planning and implementation of educational courses and programs and the evaluation of students’ learning achievements will be done in the following manner:

Department of Law, Day Division
  1. An overview of educational courses
    • Senshu University introductory courses are provided in the first year as the transitional curriculum.
    • Senshu University basic courses, including introductory seminar, basic statistics, career and education related courses, information literacy courses, basic natural science courses, basic foreign language courses and sports literary courses, are also provided the first year as the introductory curriculum.
    • Basic humanity and social science courses are provided in the first and second years as the liberal arts curriculum. In addition, interdisciplinary (“composite”) courses are provided in the second and subsequent years while natural science, foreign language (English and one more foreign language) and health physical education courses are provided in all the years.
    • • As part of the specialized curriculum, the Department provides basic law courses in the first year. For the second and subsequent years, the student will be given an option from the three learning categories of “Judiciary Professional”, “Legal Business Career” and “Public Policy Course”. Each category strategically provides courses that are essential for learning in that category.
  2. Teaching method and content
    • Transitional curriculum (Senshu University introductory courses)
      The transitional curriculum is designed to assist new entrants through the “transit” from high school education to a completely different world of university education, to cultivate in them a sense of pride and awareness as a Senshu student and initiate them into the process of developing a “socio-intelligence”. The course is implemented through a so-called “Senshu University Introductory Seminar”, a small-group tutorial program that prepares the students for the upcoming education through their years at the university with necessary reading, thinking, presentation and composition skills.
    • Introductory curriculum (Senshu University basic courses)
      The introductory curriculum is intended to help the students acquire basic learning skills, which will be important for attaining specialized knowledge and skills and the thinking ability based such knowledge and skills while also gaining a global perspective. These learning skills will not only be useful for learning at the university but will also be an essential tool for self-learning and improvement throughout the student’s life after graduation.
      • The Introductory Seminar provides introduction to the specialized curriculum.
      • “Basic Statistics” train students to correctly interpret data for valid analysis and utilization.
      • The career and education related courses help the students attain the capacity to build his or her own future through acting and thinking in a proactive manner.
      • The information literacy courses help the students acquire the skills to analyze and utilize information in a logical and scientific manner by using information technologies. The courses also nurture a sense of responsibility as a full-grown member of the society.
      • The basic natural science courses encourage students to be interested in natural phenomena that surrounding them and also cutting edge science technologies and help them to acquire a proactive thinking attitude to contemplate various issues.
      • The basic foreign language courses help students learn language grammars and build vocabulary in a fundamental and systematic manner, to deepen his or her understanding of cultures and societies of the world and to contemplate and deal with various issues in a flexible and comprehensive manner. English is compulsory for all. Students will be divided in multiple English learning groups according to their proficiency in the language so that each student will be given the most effective English learning opportunities for his or her present capacity. One more foreign language is compulsory. Courses are provided to build proficiency in the chosen language from the very basics.
      • Sports literacy courses help, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Liberal arts curriculum (liberal arts courses)
      The liberal arts curriculum is intended for the students to acquire a range of knowledge and skills that is much broader than their respective major field so that they will be able to approach topics and subjects from a versatile point of view.
      • Basic humanities, basic social science and natural science courses are designed to help students, through learning topics, knowledge and terminology in the respective academic fields being taught, to be able to think about and solve various issues in society in a proactive manner.
      • The interdisciplinary, or “composite”, study courses encourage the students to realize that multiple-disciplinary approaches can be taken to study the same theme and help them acquire a flexible, multidimensional and comprehensive thinking attitude to work on and study various issues in society.
      • Foreign language courses build on the foundation developed through the basic foreign language courses in the introductory curriculum to acquire more advanced language utilization skills and to help the students, through appropriate language-based communications, to deepen understanding of various cultures and societies of the world and to work on and solve various issues in a comprehensive manner.
      • On the basis of sports literacy in the introductory curriculum, health and physical education courses help students, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Specialized curriculum (specialized courses)
      • “Introduction to Law”, “Introduction to Constitutional Law”, “Introduction to Civil Law”, “Civil Law (General Part)” and “Introduction to Criminal Justice System” that are provided in the first year assist students to learn basic legal subjects in a systematic manner to develop the foundation for legal learnings. For the second and subsequent years, students will be given an option from the three learning categories from “Judiciary Professional”, “Legal Business Career” and “Public Policy Course”. Each category is designed for the students to learn essential subjects in that category in a graduated and systematic manner and to selectively take preferred specialized courses provided by the Department of Law toward a higher level knowledge and capacity in the study of law.
      • “Introduction to Constitutional Law”, “Constitutional Human Rights Law 1” and “2” and their related law courses encourage students to have a strong respect of human dignity and is able to and has a willingness to deal with various issues and problems with a keen awareness of human rights, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of the human society.
      • “Introduction to Law and Legal Method” as well as international relations law and contemporary legal study courses, through learning about the history that forms the basis of social and cultural backgrounds of the current system and comparing legal systems of various countries and the international community, help students understand the basics as well as the cutting edge in the study of law to train them toward acquiring the capability to arbitrate legal conflicts in a rapidly globalizing society.
      • Courses in public law, criminal law, civil law and social law assist students to acquire advanced knowledge of the respective laws and their precedents and to use such knowledge to help solving various issues in society. Through these courses, students will learn that in the field of law social and personal responsibilities are determined in a completely separate manner to be able to function as an appropriate and responsible member of the society.
      • Coursers in political science and economics will help students acquire knowledge in political science and economics, both of which are closely related disciplines to the study of law, as well as to train them to analyze the system and status of the actual society and to strengthen his or her willingness and capability to contribute to the society.
      • “Basic Seminar on Law x” and “Advanced Seminar x” in practical courses train students to be capable of logical and interactive communications so as to convey his or her legal assertion to others to obtain understanding. These practical courses will also encourage students to obtain in-depth legal knowledge as well as a strong problem-solving potential to respond to the needs of society.
  3. Evaluation of students’ learning achievements
    • Earning of 13 credits from courses in the liberal arts curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that the student has an extensive general knowledge in world affairs including governments and communities, history, culture, nature and environment, so that he or she is capable of comprehensively recognizing the meaning of his or her presence in a dynamic and diverse community.
    • Earning of 74 credits from courses in the specialized curriculum will be deemed an evidence that the student has acquired a general, systematic understanding of the study of law as well as highly advanced knowledge in his or her chosen legal field. Completing and earning credits from various courses in the specialized curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that the student has attained a strong respect of human dignity and is able to and has a willingness to deal with various issues and problems with a keen awareness of human rights, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of the human society.
    • Completing and earning credits from practical courses provided in the transitional, introductory and specialized curricula will be deemed as an evidence that the student has acquired a capability of logical interaction to have his or her legal assertions validly understood by others and has attained a “legal mind” to find and solve issues in various areas of society in a proactive manner.
Department of Politics, Day Division
  1. An overview of educational courses
    • Senshu University introductory courses are provided in the first year as the transitional curriculum.
    • Senshu University basic courses, including introductory seminar, basic statistics, career and education related courses, information literacy courses, basic natural science courses, basic foreign language courses and sports literary courses, are also provided the first year as the introductory curriculum.
    • Basic humanity and social science courses are provided in the first and second years as the liberal arts curriculum. In addition, interdisciplinary (“composite”) courses are provided in the second and subsequent years while natural science, foreign language (English and one more foreign language) and health physical education courses are provided in all the years.
    • As part of the specialized curriculum, basic political science courses are provided in the first year. For the second and subsequent years, students will be given an option to select from the four learning categories of “Political Theories and History”, “International Politics and Local Foreign Affairs” and “Japanese Politics and Policies”. Each category strategically provides courses that are essential for advanced learning in that category.
  2. Teaching method and content
    • Transitional curriculum (Senshu University introductory courses)
    • The transitional curriculum is designed to assist new entrants through the “transit” from high school education to a completely different world of university education, to cultivate in them a sense of pride and awareness as a Senshu student and initiate them into the process of developing a “socio-intelligence”. The course is implemented through a so-called “Senshu University Introductory Seminar”, a small-group tutorial program that prepares the students for the upcoming education through their years at the university with necessary reading, thinking, presentation and composition skills.
    • Introductory curriculum (Senshu University basic courses)
      The introductory curriculum is intended to help the students acquire basic learning skills, which will be important for attaining specialized knowledge and skills and the thinking ability based such knowledge and skills while also gaining a global perspective. These learning skills will not only be useful for learning at the university but will also be an essential tool for self-learning and improvement throughout the student’s life after graduation.
      • The Introductory Seminar provides introduction to the specialized curriculum.
      • “Basic Statistics” train students to correctly interpret data for valid analysis and utilization.
      • The career and education related courses help the students attain the capacity to build his or her own future through acting and thinking in a proactive manner.
      • The information literacy courses help the students acquire the skills to analyze and utilize information in a logical and scientific manner by using information technologies. The courses also nurture a sense of responsibility as a full-grown member of the society.
      • The basic natural science courses encourage students to be interested in natural phenomena that surrounding them and also cutting edge science technologies and help them to acquire a proactive thinking attitude to contemplate various issues.
      • The basic foreign language courses help students learn language grammars and build vocabulary in a fundamental and systematic manner, to deepen his or her understanding of cultures and societies of the world and to contemplate and deal with various issues in a flexible and comprehensive manner. English is compulsory for all. Students will be divided in multiple English learning groups according to their proficiency in the language so that each student will be given the most effective English learning opportunities for his or her present capacity. One more foreign language is compulsory. Courses are provided to build proficiency in the chosen language from the very basics.
      • Sports literacy courses help, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Liberal arts curriculum (liberal arts courses)
      The liberal arts curriculum is intended for the students to acquire a range of knowledge and skills that is much broader than their respective major field so that they will be able to approach topics and subjects from a versatile point of view.
      • Basic humanities, basic social science and natural science courses are designed to help students, through learning topics, knowledge and terminology in the respective academic fields being taught, to be able to think about and solve various issues in society in a proactive manner.
      • The interdisciplinary, or “composite”, study courses encourage the students to realize that multiple-disciplinary approaches can be taken to study the same theme and help them acquire a flexible, multidimensional and comprehensive thinking attitude to work on and study various issues in society.
      • Foreign language courses build on the foundation developed through the basic foreign language courses in the introductory curriculum to acquire more advanced language utilization skills and to help the students, through appropriate language-based communications, to deepen understanding of various cultures and societies of the world and to work on and solve various issues in a comprehensive manner.
      • On the basis of sports literacy in the introductory curriculum, health and physical education courses help students, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Specialized curriculum (specialized courses)
      • “Introduction to Political Studies”, “Introduction to Political Theories”, “Introduction to International Politics” and “Introduction to Japanese Politics” that are provided in the first year will help students acquire basic knowledge and way of thinking in the study of political science. For the second and subsequent years, students will be given an option to select from a number of program categories of the study of political science. Each of the program category provides both in-depth learning programs specific to that category to help the student to obtain advanced special knowledge, as well as wider, inter-categorical programs that will encourage the student to acquire general, comprehensive knowledge and thinking related to the study of politics as a whole, based on which he or she will be capable of and willing to be proactively engaged in solving various issues in society.
      • Courses provided in the “Political Theories and History” category train students to develop a theory as a framework to understand political and social affairs (and their related issues and phenomena) as well as historical knowledge that assists his or her political thinking in a concrete manner.
      • Courses provided in the “International Politics and Local Foreign Affairs” category help students understand the mechanisms of the international community and to train them to study and analyze political systems and cultures in various parts of the world outside Japan, to develop a capability to work on global problems that are too huge to be handled by individual countries.
      • Courses provided in the “Japanese Politics and Policies” category help students understand the mechanisms of the politics, administration and policy making of Japan at the national and municipal levels to develop a comprehensive political management capacity.
      • Practical courses help students obtain reading comprehension and problem detection capabilities so as to correctly understand what an author or speaker is trying to convey and to correctly interpret what is happening in the actual society, to develop skills to collect and multi-dimensionally analyze facts and information from the past, the present and the future, and to attain a capacity to logically contemplate an issue to find a valid solution and to convey such solution to others in a convincing manner.
  3. Evaluation of students’ learning achievements
    • Earning of 13 credits from courses in the liberal arts curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that the student has an extensive general knowledge in world affairs including governments and communities, history, culture, nature and environment, so that he or she is capable of comprehensively recognizing the meaning of his or her existence in a dynamic and diverse community.
    • Earning of 74 credits from courses in the specialized curriculum will be deemed as an evidence that the student has acquired a general, systematic understanding of the study of political science as well as highly advanced knowledge in his or her chosen political field to be able to multi-dimensionally study and analyze various social issues.
    • Completing and earning credits from practical courses provided in the transitional, introductory and specialized curricula will be deemed as an evidence that the student has acquired recognition and a sense of responsibility as a full-grown, active member of society and has attained a capability of logical interaction to have his or her assertions validly understood by others
Department of Law, Evening Division
  1. An overview of educational courses
    • The Department provides humanities, social science, natural science, general education, foreign language and health and physical education courses as its liberal arts courses in the first to fourth years so that they can be taken in a systematic and cross-disciplinary manner.
    • As part of the specialized courses, economic and commercial study courses that are closely related to the study of law are provided. To fulfill the fundamental mission of “comprehensive teaching of social sciences” and respond to various learning needs of the students, the Department offers a “combined-discipline course system” to allow free selection of specialized courses of the evening division in the Schools of Law and two others. At the same time, four learning models, that are “Public Law Model”, “Legal Affairs Model”, “Business Law Model”, and “Tax and Finance Law Model”, one of which can be chosen according to the student’s proposed future career track to balance his or her course selection to prevent excessive deviation toward non-legal fields and to appropriately center his or her learning to the selected study of law.
  2. Teaching method and content
    • Liberal arts courses
      • Humanities, social science and natural science courses are designed to help students, through learning topics, knowledge and terminology in the respective academic fields being taught, to be able to think about and solve various issues in society in a proactive manner.
      • The general education courses encourage the students to realize that multiple-disciplinary approaches can be taken to study the same theme and help them acquire a flexible, multidimensional and comprehensive thinking attitude to work on and study various issues in society.
      • The foreign language courses help students to learn language grammars and build vocabulary in a fundamental and systematic manner, to deepen his or her understanding of cultures and societies of the world and to contemplate and deal with various issues in a flexible and comprehensive manner.
      • Health and physical education courses help students, through encouraging communication skills through sports activities and providing opportunities to learn the value of physical exercise and athletism, nurture a capacity to cope with and solve various issues related to life and society.
    • Specialized courses
      • “Constitutional Law 1” and “2”, “Civil Law 1 (General Part)” and “2” and “Criminal Law 1 (General)” and “2”, which are provided in the first year, help the student learn the basics of the fundamental three laws of a nation as the foundation for his or her law studies. For the second and subsequent years, the student will be given an option to choose from a number of “learning models” according to his or her proposed future career track. The learning model should be used as a guidance for the student to take an appropriate set of elective compulsory courses to develop a systematic and advanced knowledge and understanding of the study of law.
      • “Constitutional Law 1” and “2” and their related law courses encourage students to have a strong respect of human dignity and be able to and have a willingness to deal with various issues and problems with a keen awareness of human rights, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of the human society.
      • Under the “combined-discipline course system”, the students can take various specialized courses offered by the School of Economics and School of Commerce as elective courses to obtain a more comprehensive academic knowledge, to deepen understanding about the meaning of his or her own existence within the social system and to develop a capability and willingness to participate in and contribute to the society with broader perspectives.
      • “Special Lecture” courses are provided on more advanced, highly academic and/or newly emerging study themes compared to general specialized courses. The Special Lecture courses are intended to help students develop a broader perspective and to be better able to find and solve issues and problems in various fields in a proactive manner.
      • “Seminar” courses help students develop capabilities to put his or her learned legal knowledge to good use in society in a practical manner and also to develop a strong “legal mind”. The Seminar courses also give students opportunities, through oral presentation and writing assignments, to practice communicating with others in a logical manner to be able to validly express his or her legal assertions to others.
  3. Evaluation of students’ learning achievements
    • Earning of 24 credits from liberal arts courses will be deemed as an evidence that the student has an extensive general knowledge in world affairs including governments and communities, history, culture, nature and environment, so that he or she is capable of comprehensively recognizing the meaning of his or her existence in a dynamic and diverse community.
    • Earning of 52 credits from courses in specialized courses will be deemed an evidence that the student has acquired a general, systematic understanding of the study of law as well as highly advanced knowledge in his or her chosen legal field. Completing and earning credits from various courses selected according to his or her chosen learning model as well as specialized courses provided by the School of Economics and School of Commerce (counted as required credits acquired by freely selected courses) will be deemed as an evidence that the student has attained a strong respect of human dignity and is able to and has a willingness to deal with various issues and problems with a keen awareness of human rights, thereby contributing to a sustainable development of the human society.
    • Completing and earning credits from practical courses will be deemed as an evidence that the student has acquired a capability of logical interaction to have his or her legal assertions validly understood by others and has attained a “legal mind” to find and solve issues in various areas of society in a proactive manner

Admission Policy: Acceptance and screening of prospective entrants

School of Law
The purpose of learning in the fields of law or political science is, based on a broad awareness of social issues, to be able to explore a specific legal or political issue and to present its possible solution. As a primary qualification, the School of Law of the Senshu University seeks entrants who are strongly motivated to study law or political science. The applicant is required to have the following capacities in the academic subjects that are essential for the learning of law or political science.

Department of Law, Day Division
The Department seeks entrants with the following willingness, capacities and knowledge to provide teaching in accordance with its graduation, degree-awarding and course planning and implementation rules:
  1. Strong motivation to learn the study of law
  2. Good Japanese language skills required for reading comprehension, presentation, discussion and report preparation
  3. Foreign language skills to cope with the globalization of the discipline
  4. Knowledge in geography, history and civil studies that are directly related to the study of law
  5. Basic mathematical skills that are useful for logical thinking
  6. Basic scientific knowledge that is useful for scientific thinking

Department of Politics, Day Division
The Department seeks entrants with the following willingness, capacities and knowledge to provide teaching in accordance with its graduation, degree-awarding and course planning and implementation rules:
  1. Strong motivation to learn the study of political science
  2. Good Japanese language skills required for reading comprehension, presentation, discussion and report preparation
  3. Foreign language skills to cope with the globalization of the discipline
  4. Knowledge in geography, history and civil studies that are directly related to the study of political science
  5. Basic mathematical skills that are useful for logical thinking
  6. Basic scientific knowledge that is useful for scientific thinking

Department of Law, Evening Division
The Department seeks entrants with the following willingness, capacities and knowledge to provide teaching in accordance with its graduation, degree-awarding and course planning and implementation rules:
  1. Strong motivation to learn the study of law
  2. Good Japanese language skills required for reading comprehension, presentation, discussion and report preparation
  3. Foreign language skills to cope with the globalization of the discipline
  4. Knowledge in geography, history and civil studies that are directly related to the study of law
  5. Basic mathematical skills that are useful for logical thinking
  6. Basic scientific knowledge that is useful for scientific thinking
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