Educational Principles

This major focuses on working with students to build practical knowledge that can be used in public policy and corporate strategy, with the aim of providing them with a foundation in comprehensively understanding contemporary society as a system. Essentially, while this major sets a goal of responding to the practical interests of those aiming to be highly skilled professionals such as civil servants, corporate employees, tax accountants, judicial scriveners and consultants, each of whom plays a central role in local society, and also of those who are, to varying degrees, already active in those areas, we also wish to raise students’ problem-solving knowledge not simply to the level of experiential knowledge, but further toward a knowledge of policy science grounded in scholarly learning. To this end, we adopt a flexible organization style to facilitate a multi-faceted approach not confined to existing academic fields, but that synthesizes together logically consistent thinking about legal rights and duties, systematic thinking about society and economy as a whole, and mathematical methods of making management decisions, and also to add an approach with a cultural dimension through cooperation with majors in the humanities.

Attraction

The Comprehensive Legal Policy Major establishes three interdisciplinary areas of educational research that examine policy comprehensively: Public Legal Policy, Judicial Affairs in Industrial Management, and International Comparison. This diversity of possible alternatives is what makes the Comprehensive Legal Policy Major attractive.

Furthermore, in the Comprehensive Legal Policy Major, it is possible to choose one of three masters’ programs (law, economics, and academic scholarship). By earning 24 credits or more in the subjects of law and/or political science from the three educational research fields and a total of 30 credits or more and passing a master’s thesis examination, students can earn a master’s degree (law). Likewise, master’s degrees (economics) will be conferred upon those earning 24 or more credits in the subjects of economics and/or management, and master’s degrees (academic scholarship) will be conferred upon those earning a total of 24 credits or more comprehensively across the fields of law, political science, economics and management.

Three Educational Research Areas

1. Public Legal Policy
Comprehensive Social System Design, Advanced Policymaking Ability

In this area of educational research, we will apply existing theoretical frameworks for existing legal systems (including public law, family law, labor law and welfare law) to the resolution of policy and public issues, fuse them with positive legal systems and view them as application examples for economics and management theory to construct theories of how to link them with comprehensive social system design, and also conduct educational research into the issue of how to develop advanced policymaking ability.

2. Judicial Affairs in Industrial Management
Corporate Judicial Affairs/Professional Management Ability/Scientific Decision-making for Corporations

In this area of educational research, we will aim to conduct educational research that responds to increasingly complex corporate activities and civic life by not confining ourselves to existing academic fields such as law, economics, management and accounting, and to contribute to strategic decision-making by fusing together the three scientific methods of logically consistent knowledge about legal rights and duties, systematic thinking about society and economy as a whole, and management decision-making.

3. International Comparison
Discovering and Solving International Issues, Cultivating an International Perspective

In order to respond to issues from a global perspective, in this area of educational research, we will conduct comparative research from a diverse range of perspectives, including those of states, international organizations, multi-national corporations, the world economy and market, and jurisprudence/management/decision-making without confining ourselves to existing academic fields such as law, political science and economics, and also illuminate these actors’ awareness of themselves and their relative position within a global system.

The Quality of Students We Seek and Selection Methods
The Human Resources Cultivation that We Aim to Achieve

While maintaining the goal of responding to the practical interests of those aiming to be highly skilled professionals such as civil servants, corporate employees, tax accountants, judicial scriveners and consultants, each of whom plays a central role in regional society, and those who are, to varying degrees, already active in those areas, we also wish to raise students’ problem-solving knowledge not simply to the level of experiential knowledge, but further toward a knowledge of policy science grounded in scholarly learning.

Diploma Policy(Degree Conferment Policies/Abilities that must be acquired by Graduation)

  1. Knowledge/Understanding
  2. Possesses an advanced and professional knowledge of the social sciences.
  3. Thinking/Judgment
  4. Can think comprehensively and versatilely about issues one has set for oneself using the advanced and specialized analytical methods of the social sciences and an interdisciplinary perspective.
  5. Interest/Enthusiasm
  6. Continues to maintain a practical concern for actual society and is able to raise problem-solving ability to the level of policy science knowledge.
  7. Attitude
  8. Is able to contribute to actual society by applying knowledge of practical and policy science.
  9. Skills/Expression
  10. Is able to communicate advanced and specialized knowledge to actual society accurately and concisely.

Curriculum Policy(Curriculum for Acquiring the Abilities Referred to Above)

In order to approach policy comprehensively, the Comprehensive Legal Policy Major is created of a curriculum that does not confine itself to existing academic fields such as law, political science and economics and establishes the three educational research areas of Public Legal Policy, Judicial Affairs in Industrial Management and International Comparison.

  • Public Legal Policy
  • We will create a curriculum centered on subjects treating policy issues regarding the public sector and conduct educational research.
  • Judicial Affairs in Industrial Management
  • We will create a curriculum that cultivates thinking about systems to respond to corporate activities and civic life and contributes to strategic decision-making in management, and conduct educational research.
  • International Comparison
  • In order to respond to issues from a global perspective, we will create a curriculum that emphasizes comparative research from a diverse range of perspectives, including states, international organizations, multinational corporations, international finance institutions, and the global economy and market, and conduct educational research.

Admission Policy(Abilities Necessary to Learn the Above Curriculum)

  1. Knowledge/Understanding
  2. Possesses basic knowledge and comprehension of specialized learning and methods of the social sciences, equivalent to that of having completed a baccalaureate degree program.
  3. Thinking/Judgment
  4. Is able to establish research issues for oneself using the research methods of a specialized field in the social sciences.
  5. Interest/Enthusiasm
  6. Has a concern for various issues arising in contemporary society and possesses a research ambition to acquire advanced and specialized knowledge of the social sciences.
  7. Attitude
  8. Wants to use the specialized knowledge of a social science that he or she has acquired to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based society.
  9. Skills/Expression
  10. Is able to communicate one’s research subject accurately, orally and in writing.

Selection Methods(Methods of Selecting Those Who Possess these Abilities)

General Selection
For college graduates and those expected to graduate college, a test of scholastic ability (written test and oral examination) and a review of application documents will be conducted comprehensively. The written test will be on two subjects (one major subject and one major subject or foreign language).
Special Selection of Working Professionals
For those possessing two years or more of experience in a regular occupation or who are working professionals, a scholastic test (written test and oral examination) and a review of application documents will be conducted comprehensively. The written test will be on one major subject.
Special Selection of Foreign Students
For people not possessing Japanese citizenship who possess qualifications equivalent to that of a college graduate in Japan, a scholastic test (written test and oral examination) and a review of application documents will be conducted comprehensively. The written test will be on two subjects: one major subject and the Japanese language.
Open Selection
For applicants falling under General Selection, Special Selection of Working Professionals or Special Selection of Foreign Students, an essay will be reviewed and an interview will be held concerning the applicant’s written research plan.

*For details, see the Graduate School of Law and Letters (Master’s Program) Applicant Guidelines.

We are looking for applicants who have a concern for the various issues arising in contemporary society and the research ambition to cultivate their ability to discover and solve issues for themselves.