The Faculty of Law

  • Department of Law (2024 enrollment limit: 450 students) Established in 1967
The Faculty of Law was established to create capable human resources that could contribute to the wholesome development in the daily lives of citizens among the rapid social development in post-war Japan and a changing international environment.
By fostering legal expertise, a legal perspective, and the capacity to apply logic and problem-solving skills in a fair manner for an issue (a legal mind), this Faculty aims to develop individuals who can make their mark in the legal profession, private corporations, or government agencies.

Independently Gain Deeper Expertise by Studying Under Legal and Political Specialists

In addition to lectures by researchers working at the forefront of each field, there are also various kinds of support available in the basic and advanced seminars, which are held with small class sizes. Students will independently and actively discover "issues" there and engage in problem-solving to gain a broader scope of education and expert knowledge and cultivate the ability to think.

Study "Law in Action" with a Local, Kobe-Centered Perspective

Students learn the "living law" through community-based lectures related to Kobe that include "Practice of Local Government" by Kobe City employees and lectures in collaboration with the Hyogo-ken Bar Association. These unique methods of teaching that incorporate a local viewpoint into education at the Faculty of Law have been gaining substantial attention.

A Curriculum Suited to Today's Information-intensive, Global Society.

Legal Information Processing and other courses are given from the first school year and students learn basic computer skills and methods to access judicial precedents on the Internet and government-written reports. Students on all of the courses can also learn a wide variety of subjects related to the study of international relations and law and to international politics.

Department of Law

A course structure that develops the skills society requires

Legal Professional Course

In their quest to become legal professionals, students learn from a broad curriculum that includes the Constitution, civil law, criminal law, code of civil procedure, and code of criminal procedure. This course, which is intended for students aiming to be legal professionals, encourages them to work toward admission to the Graduate School of Law Practices or toward certification as judicial scriveners, administrative scriveners, and tax accountants.

Corporate Law Course

With corporate scandals and bankruptcies rife, the modern business community is one in which awareness of the law can lead to the rise or fall of a company. With a central focus on laws that are essential for corporate management, students acquire high-level legal knowledge that is useful in the creation of new businesses.

Government Course

Studies are focused on the Constitution, civil law, administrative law, and public administration. This is the course best suited for students who aspire to become civil servants. By developing administrative professionals who are committed to the betterment of society and who can provide consultation regarding legal questions, these courses meet the needs of society.

A network and facilities to experience and master the "living law"

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Hyogo-ken Bar Association lectures
Hyogo Shiho-Shoshi Lawyer's Association lectures
Gyoseishoshi Lawyer's Association of Hyogo lectures

Conducted by attorneys and judicial and administrative scriveners, these lectures address a range of experience-based issues, actual cases and procedures, which our expert lecturers cover in detail.

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International relations lectures

Consulate staff and diplomats are invited to give lectures which are a chance for students to gain access to "living information." In the increasingly globalized present day these prove invaluable experiences.

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Court classroom

In a classroom that simulates a courtroom, students' practical competency is developed through exercises in court procedures.
It is also possible to record courtroom action and to review class content.

Detailed information is available in the Faculty of Law brochure.