Japan Law Schools

Comprehensive Directory of Law Schools in Japan in Alphabetical Order

Japan Law Schools

  • Aichi - Aichi University - Graduate School of Law
    1-1 Machihata-cho, Aichi 441-8522, Phone: +81 532 47 4115

    The Law School is an educational institution devoted to training legal specialists such as lawyers, judges, and public prosecutors. After completing a three-year (for students with no previous legal background) or two-year (for students who have already completed some legal study) program, students qualify to take Japan’s National Bar Examination.

  • Chiba - Chiba University - Faculty of Law and Economics

  • Fukuoka - Kyushu University - Faculty of Law
    6-19-1 Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8581, Phone: +81-92-642-2111

    The Faculty of Law was founded in 1924 as a Department of the Faculty of Law and Letters, and achieved independent status in 1949. The Graduate School of Law, which started as a Department under the old graduate school system, became as an independent Division in 1953. Together, as leading research and educational institutions of law and political science in Japan, they have contributed a great deal to the advancement of the study of jurisprudence and political science. They have educated and trained more than 13,000 promising graduates, who have been playing important roles in the law profession, the business world, academia, and public affairs both in and out of this country.

  • Fukuoka - Seinan Gakuin University - Faculty of Law
    6-2-92 Nishijin, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 814-8511,

    Seinan Gakuin University (SGU) has approximately 8,000 full-time students enrolled in the twelve divisions of the six undergraduate departments and in the seven graduate school divisions. Since its beginning in 1949, SGU has offered high quality education based upon Christian principles. The school has an outstanding reputation, particularly for its emphasis on language education and for its early adoption of an international exchange program. With distinguished faculty members and a wide variety of programs, SGU continues to nurture and to equip students who are willing and able to contribute positively to local communities and global society.

  • Hiroshima - Hiroshima Shudo University - Faculty of Law

    Law plays an increasingly important role in the modern world where fairness and transparency of law practice is demanded. The subject areas of this Faculty are constitutional law, civil law, criminal law, international law and commercial and social law. The Department offers two kinds of courses: special courses and vocational courses. Students are required to choose one course from either the three special or three vocational courses. Each course is tailored to a specific career. A deeper understanding of law is acquired by intensive and effective methods of learning.

  • Kagawa - Kagawa University - Faculty of Law

    Since its inception in 1981, Kagawa University’s Faculty of Law has been providing opportunities for students to study law and policy sciences. While we initiated our own Graduate School of Law in 1985, we also established Shikoku Law School in collaboration with Ehime University in 2004. The Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Law are guiding students to study basic jurisprudence and political science, while the Shikoku Law School is specialized in training lawyers.

  • Kagoshima - Kagoshima University - Faculty of Law
    1-21-30 Korimoto,@Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima 890-0065, Phone: +81-99-285-7517

    The Department aims at legal education which trains competent persons having practical legal ability which is required in every field, as well as traditional legal education training legal specialists.

  • Kanagawa - Senshu University - Department of Law
    2-1-1, Higashimita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 214-8580, Phone: +81-44-911-1250

    Graduates of the School of Law become legal professionals such as lawyers or personnel in the legal divisions of companies and public organizations. Graduates can address a wide range of society’s issues. To prepare students for such diverse future occupations, they take a variety of courses after their first year.

  • Kanazawa - Kanazawa University - Facutly of Law

    In 1949, the Faculty of Law and Letters was established as one of the six Faculties of the newly established Kanazawa University. In 1980, the Faculty of Law and Letters was divided into three Faculties: the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Letters and the Faculty of Economics. With the reorganization of Kanazawa University in April 2008, the Faculty of Law evolves into the School of Law in the College of Humanities and the Social Sciences.

  • Kobe - Kobe University - Graduate School of Law and Faculty of Law

    The Graduate School of Law (GSL)/Faculty of Law (FL) was established in May 1949 with the legal studies section of the former Kobe University of Commerce (Kobe University of Economics) at its foundation. Sparing no effort in its quest to become a leading institution of higher learning in the field of legal and political studies, the GSL/FL has been successful in becoming a reputable academic center that is ranked nationally.

  • Kobe - Konan University - Faculty of Law
    8-9-1, Okamoto, Higashinada-ku, Kobe 658-8501,

    The kind of society that we aim to establish in the 21st century is one where you are allowed to live the way you wish to in the home, school, workplace and local region regardless of age, sex, nationality or disabilities - a secure society. Moreover, as is evident now from the introduction of a jury system, each and every individual is now required to have some sort of relationship with legislation and the administration of justice in the 21st century. In order to achieve these goals, the Faculty of Law has designed a curriculum where students can master the fundamentals of law and political science by accumulative and repeated learning. Classes where true understanding can be easily achieved are conducted by our professors.

  • Kumamoto - Kumamoto University - Faculty of Law
    39-1,Kurokami 2-chome, Kumamoto 860-8555, Phone: +81 96 344 2111

    Responding to modern societal needs, the Faculty of Law's master's degree program (hereinafter “the Program") was established in April 1972. The Program adopts a course system and offers a special entrance examination for working people and students from foreign countries. In 2004 when the School of Law was established, the Program was reorganized to have three courses: Highly-skilled Professionals Course, Working People Career Advancement Course, and Basic Research Course. The

  • Kyoto - Doshisha University - Faculty of Law
    Karasuma Higashi-Iru Imadegawa-Dori, Kyoto 602-8580, Phone: +81-75-251-3260

    The Doshisha Law School opened in April 2004. It is a post-graduate school of special character. As distinct from the Faculty of Law, it is designed specifically to train future judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. It offers a curriculum strong in the basic subjects essential to the new bar exam and rich in elective courses that will allow students to develop a high degree of specialized knowledge.

  • Kyoto - Kyoto University - Faculty of Law
    Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Phone: +81-75-753-2565

    For over a century, the Faculty of Law, founded in 1899, and the Graduate School of Law have played the central role both in the teaching and research activities of law and political science in Japan. As for teaching, the Faculty/School has been committed to strengthening students' abilities to further their knowledge, opinion, wisdom and logical thinking, as well as to nurturing their spirits of intellectual autonomy by inspiring their will of search and sense of initiatives which derive from their own critical views. In research, the Faculty/School has been devoted to searching for truth through free dialogues and discussions and has successfully made a considerable and unique contribution by engaging with the world and actively dealing with key issues of the society in any given period.

  • Kyoto - Ritsumeikan Daigaku - Graduate School of Law
    56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577, Phone: +81-75-465-8229

    Since its founding in 1950, the Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Law has continued to produce researchers who excel in their field. In recent years the School has been putting its energy into educating high-level legal professionals. With the building of a new law school, new internship programs, and other exciting developments the Graduate School of Law is working together with society as we enter the 21st century.

  • Kyoto - Ryukoku University - Graduate School of Law
    67 Tsukamoto-cho, Fukakusa Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8577, Phone: +81 075 642- 111

    The history of Ryukoku University began with the opening of the Gakuryō educational facility at Nishi Hongwanji in 1639. Since then for 365 years, the University has been on the cutting-edge, aiming to maintain the most excellent learning environment. Moreover, precious literature and documents have been donated to the University from various fields of society over its long history. Most of them are contained in the library of each campus including Omiya Campus and utilized for advanced education and research.

  • Matsue - Shimane University - Graduate School of Law
    1060 Nishikawatsu-cho, Matsue 690-8504,

    Students enrolling in the San'in Law School must successfully complete three years of full-time study leading to a Masters degree in Law. The curriculum covers all the major areas of law required for the Japanese Bar Examination. The San'in Law School has 18 full-time faculty members, including five Japanese-qualified lawyers (Bengoshi) and one Australian-qualified lawyer, and is complemented by a team of law professors from the University's Faculty of Law & Literature and visiting professors.

  • Nagoya - Meijo University - Faculty of Law

    In April of 1999, the Faculty of Law divided into two departments, Department of Legal Science and a Department of Practical Law, which are opened to both day-time and night-time for students. The goals of the newly established Department of Practical Law are to train legal specialists for the 21st century, to train social adults who will participate in all areas of society using the knowledge they gained, and to provide freshmen with the educational experience. In relation to these goals, a legal primer course has been established to aid students in joining the legal profession ( as lawyers, judges, or prosecutors ) by training them to pass the national bar examination and also training them to pass the national civil service examination.

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  • Nagoya - Nagoya University Graduate School of Law

    The Graduate School of Law offers full postgraduate degree programs in both English and in Japanese, at both the Masters and the Doctoral levels.

  • Nagoya - Nanzan University - Faculty of Law

    In the Department of Law, starting in the freshman year, students are able to take specialized classes in law, such as constitutional, civil, and criminal law. This is because we want students to accurately understand legal fundamental matters from the beginning and experience the fascination of studying law.

  • Niigata - Niigata University Faculty of Law
    8050 Ikarashi 2-no-cho, Niigata 950-2181, Phone: +81 25 262 6488

  • Okayama - Okayama University Faculty of Law
    1-1, Tsushima-Naka, 1-Chome,, Okayama 700-8530,

  • Okinawa - Okinawa University - Faculty of Law
    555 Kokuba, Okinawa,

    The Department of Law emphasizes learning that fosters the independence and autonomy needed to tackle various problems without falling into the syndrome of always waiting for instructions. For this reason, we expect students to take not only classes on law and administration, but to learn about a broad range of international and local issues.

  • Osaka - Kinki University - Faculty of Law
    3-4-1 Kowakae, Higashi, Osaka 577-8502, Phone: +81 (6) 6721-2332

    Kinki University is a comprehensive general education institution. Research is carried out in 12 graduate schools. The university itself has 44 departments within 11 schools. Study is also conducted at 17 institutes, a teaching hospital, and a junior college that are run by the university.

  • Osaka - Kwansei Gakuin University - School of Law

    In the School of Law and Politics, five attractive courses (administration of justice, business judicial affairs, a public policy, international relations, political system) are prepared in all, and various courses including entrance into a school of higher grade to a graduate school are supported. The Graduate School of Law and Politics has prepared the expert course (law business, public policy, international-relations, and independent research each program) connected with a course with broad advanced speciality nature. There is also an academic course for researcher cultivation and acquisition of a Ph.D. degree can be aimed at.

  • Osaka - Osaka Gakuin University - Faculty of Law
    2-36-1 Kishibe-Minami,Suita-shi, Osaka 564-8511, Phone: +81 (6) 6381 8434

    The Faculty of Law offers courses covering a wide range of laws and legal subjects, complemented by detailed instruction. Courses cover principle laws, including constitutional, civil, criminal and commercial laws, as well as laws attracting growing social interest, such as those related to foreign, environmental, consumer and social security affairs. Students also learn basic research skills, including how to collect and consult documented reference materials, advancing from discussions of daily legal problems to understanding and interpreting more specialized legal subject matter. As the students progress with lectures and seminar discussions, their specialized legal knowledge will be enriched, and their legal minds sharpened. In academic year 2000, Osaka Gakuin University opened the new Department of Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, ahead of other universities, thereby introducing a two-department system (Departments of Law and Law & Policy).

  • Osaka - Osaka University Faculty of Law

    DEVELOPING social, scientific and logical thinking, the School of Law at Osaka University attaches importance to the training of generalists who exercise leadership in the society at large as well as specialists in judicial circles. For this purpose, in addition to offering courses like the basic history and theory of Japanese law, traditionally found in legal field studies, the School of Law also actively takes the initiative in a new form of legal and political studies to keep up with advancements in information technology and the trend of globalization in the new age.

  • Osaka - Osaka University of Economics and Law
    6-10 Gakuonji Yao-city, Osaka 581-8511,

    The university was established in 1971 by the late Dr. Naoyoshi Kanazawa as a social science university consisting of Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law. The founder foresaw the popularization of universities and eliminated elitism from his institution. It was his heartfelt desire to establish a university for all people. He contended "students must learn truth not only through concepts but also through realism, which is practice. For young people who have a strong desire to learn and endeavor to realize their educational aspirations, we must provide an opportunity for advanced, specialized and comprehensive education without discrimination." He made every effort to make his conviction a living reality.

  • Otaru - Otaru University of Commerce - Department of Law

    The objective of the department is to produce business experts in law. It has its own curriculum focused on laws which are related to business activities and the education emphasizes the applicability of the knowledge of law. The faculty is full-fledged. Students can learn not only the basic and traditional fields such as the constitution, the civil code, criminal law and commercial law, but also the new and applied fields such as intellectual property law, international economic law and international business transactions. In the seminars that begin from the third year, students are expected to acquire the attitude of logical thinking and a sense of justice and fairness by examinning the way to solve various legal problems that arise in the modern society. Graduates obtain jobs in various fields including the legal profession.

  • Sapporo - Hokkaido University - School of Law
    Kita-9, Nishi-7, Sapporo 060-0809, Phone: +81 11 706 3119

    The main advantage of our School lies in the 'thick' educational and academic guidance. This is made possible by the fact that our 60 faculty members, each with strong competence in his or her field and generally accessible; also each member looks after a limited number of students (some 200 under-graduate and 70 graduate students, p.a.). Thus the tutorial system is well and alive in our School; those willing to advance their study and research are most likely to lead fruitful university lives here.

  • Sendai - Tohoku Gakuin University - Graduate School of Law

    The Graduate School aims to graduate students who have become proficient to an advanced degree in their specific fields, and who have acquired the ability to use that knowledge for the improvement of society. To give people of all ages and occupations the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at TGU, all divisions of the Graduate School have both day and evening courses.

  • Souka-shi - Dokkyo University - Faculty of Law
    1-1 Gakuenmachi, Souka-shi 340,

    The Faculty of Law comprises two departments: the Department of Law and the Department of International Legal Studies. The salient feature of the curricula offered by the Faculty is that, in light of the hierarchical structures of the disciplines of law and political science, the curricula are designed to carefully combine courses constituting the so-called "vertical axis," courses suited to be studied sequentially like building blocks, starting with general and introductory courses and proceeding to higher and more advanced courses, on the one hand, and department-specific specialized courses that constitute the "horizontal axis," on the other.

  • Tokyo - Aoyamagakuin University - Faculty of Law

  • Tokyo - Chuo University - Faculty of Law
    742-1 HIgashinakano Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Phone: +81 03 5368 3512

    The Chuo Law School (CLS) was established in 2004 to fulfill the new national objectives of reforming judicial and/or legal education system to foster legal professionals who are adequately capable of meeting the complex and diverse needs of today’s society, and to meet demands to establish a professional graduate school having the capability of fostering the higher education which is necessary in the sophisticated and globalized society and economy.

  • Tokyo - Gakushuin University - Faculty of Law
    1-5-1 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8588, Phone: +81-3-3986-0221

    At the Department of Law, it is our aim to provide students with an environment in which they can enjoy learning about law in a manner that will enable them to make practical use of the legal knowledge they have acquired in the process.

  • Tokyo - Hitotsubashi University - Faculty of Law
    2-1 Naka, Kunitachi,, Tokyo, Phone: +81-42-580-8168

    The Graduate School of Law is divided into the Masters and Doctoral Courses. Most graduates of the Doctoral Course remain active as scholars at the forefront of their fields. The many forign students accepted each year also work in many different fields in their homelands after completing their studies at this School.

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  • Tokyo - Keio University - Faculty of Law

    The Graduate School of Law was established as one of the new graduate schools created by the academic reform of 1951, with majors in civil law and political science. A major in public law was created in 1962, giving us the three majors we offer today. We have a full-time faculty of 60 distributed across these three fields, offering a wide variety of specialized courses.

  • Tokyo - Kokugakuin University - Faculty of Law
    4-10-28 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,

    Kokugakuin University is one of the renowned and traditional private universities in Japan, with the history of 123 years. The academic program and research of shinto study, Japanese history, Japanese and Chinese literature and cultural study are highly evaluated both in and out of Japan as well as the economic and law studies.

  • Tokyo - Komazawa University - Graduate Division of Law
    1-23-1 Komazawa, Tokyo,

    The Graduate Division of Law is primarily concerned with developing an advanced level of jurisprudential knowledge so that specialists graduating from this program will be able to adeptly serve current social needs. 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 the master's degree and the doctoral degree.

  • Tokyo - Meiji University - Department of Law
    1-1 Kanda-Surugadai Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301, Phone: +81 03 3296 4423

    The Legal Profession Course in the masters program, which starts from 2003, provides specialized courses related to three broadly divided special studies. The first study is Law in Economy and Society, the second is Corporate Legal Affairs and Internationalization, and the third is Comparative Legal Cultures. Under these special studies, a wide range of specific subjects are offered, all of which are subjects required to take examinations for a certified tax accountant, Shiho-Shoshi (scrivener) etc, or are required of a legal practitioner.

  • Tokyo - Rikkyo University - Graduate School of Law and Politics
    3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8501, Phone: +81 3 3985 2447

    Law and politics are academic disciplines that focus on the self and society in the context of human relationships. It is important that students develop the stance of inquiring and learning about such matters as issues that affect them directly. Rikkyo’s Graduate School of Law and Politics is unique in Japan in its emphasis on this stance. The enthusiasm of the graduate students stimulates the teachers to open up new horizons in research. As a result, their academic studies and research are full of vigor and have attracted a great deal of attention in Japan and abroad. At a time when values are becoming highly diversified and society is undergoing major changes, it is essential to train ourselves diligently and pursue our own direction in an atmosphere of true freedom and creativity. The Graduate School of Law and Politics provides the ideal study environment for students with such aspirations.

  • Tokyo - Seijo University - Graduate School of Law
    6-1-20 Seijo, Tokyo 157-8511, Phone: +81 3 3482 6020

    The Graduate School of Law specializes only in law. Although the School is not large, it has a broad and strong base: some students are from other universities or graduate schools in Japan, it also has a number of overseas students, and all these students are supervised by our teaching staff with varieties of research interest; the number of the staff is well above average. We are happy to say that our School forms an intellectual community that encourages cooperation between our teaching staff and students.

  • Tokyo - Seikei University - Faculty of Law
    3-3-1, Kichijoji-Kitamachi, Musasino-shi, Tokyo 180-8633,

    The Faculty of Law cultivates the social scientific thinking ability and rational sense of judgment that make it possible to build the institutions and mechanisms to compatibly achieve public order and individual rights in our complex and quickly changing modern society, and fosters people who can demonstrate their practical abilities in the real world.

  • Tokyo - Soka University - Faculty of Law
    1-236 Tangi-cho, Hachioji-city, Tokyo 192-8577, Phone: +81-42-691-8200

    To accommodate the various career paths that students may choose, the Department of Law offers four programs. The Legal Profession Program is for those who wish to pursue a legal career such as judge, public prosecutor, or lawyer. The Public Administration Program is for students looking forward to working as legal experts in government institutions. The Corporate Management Program is designed for students who wish for careers in commerce or industry. The Politics and International Relations Program is intended for those wishing to work on the international stage as, for example, politicians, the United Nations officials, or journalists.

  • Tokyo - Teikyo University - Graduate School of Law
    359 Otsuka Hachioji City, Tokyo 192-0395, Phone: +81 0426 76 8211

    If you are a high-school student,perhaps law studies may look boring to you. However,if you have already enrolled in a law department at a university,please do not waste four years of your life- listen to the lectures carefully,read a lot of books,and try to gain basic academic skills. After you graduate from college,you will someday realize the true meaning of certain things you have learned in college for the first time. If you choose to pursue a higher academic goal at a graduate school,regardless of whether you want to be law specialists or tax accountants,please try to nurture sound legal mind. Our faculties members are full of insightful professionals with experience in various fields such as bar and research.

  • Tokyo - Temple University Law Program
    4-1-27 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073, Phone: +81 3 5441 9841

    Through Temple Law School's programs in Tokyo, you can obtain an LL.M. degree for international lawyers and possibly prepare to become qualified as a U.S. attorney, work towards a Certificate of International Law or Certificate of American Legal Studies, or take a course or two as an auditing student. Juris doctorate candidates enrolled at Temple or any other U.S. law school may enhance their legal education by studying at Temple Japan. Many legal practitioners are also attracted to our LL.M. in Transnational Law.

  • Tokyo - Tokai Daigaku - School of Law
    2-28-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8677, Phone: +81 3 3467 2211

    The Juris Doctor Course at Tokai University utilizes the merits of a comprehensive university with 13 departments to the maximum advantage and is using in particular its strength in the fields of corporate and business law, intellectual property law and medical law to foster highly specialized legal professionals.

  • Tokyo - Tokyo Metropolitan University - Faculty of Law
    1-1 Minamiosawa, Hachiouji-shi,, Tokyo 192-0397, Phone: +81-426-77-1111

    The Faculty of Law consists of two departments: Law and Politics. As in other faculties of law in Japan, courses of instruction at TMU are primarily designed to provide the students with a general knowledge and a factual understanding of legal and political science. Students are expected to choose one of the two fields by the end of their first year.

  • Tokyo - Toyo University - Faculty of Law
    5-28-20 Hakusan, Tokyo 112-8606, Phone: +81 3 3945 7557

    Toyo University, at its inception, was popular with the public as a small but specialized school in Oriental Philosophy and Liberal Arts, but it has now become a large-scale general university consisting of nine Undergraduate Schools: Literature and Liberal Arts, Economics, Business Administration, Law, Sociology, Engineering, Regional Development Studies, Life Sciences and Human Life Design, with nine relevant Graduate Schools and a Law School.

  • Tokyo - University of Tokyo - Faculty of Law
    7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Phone: +81 3-5841 3124

    The Faculty of Law has three departments: the First Department (Private Law), Second Department (Public Law) and Third Department (Political Science). It is not just a faculty of law, as political science is also researched and taught. This is because in contemporary society law and politics are indispensable, but also because while politics determines and realizes law, law forms and guides politics; the two are inextricably linked in a mutually supportive relationship.

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  • Tokyo - Waseda University, School of Law
    1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Tokyo 169-8050, Phone: +81 3 5286 1678

    Waseda Law School has approximately 70 full-time faculty members, and nearly 20 of them are well-known practitioners who have a strong interest in teaching and research. These faculty members offer a wide range of courses, including everything from basic substantive and procedural law to cutting-edge fields such as intellectual property, international business transactions, and public interest lawyering. We see Waseda Law School as a one-stop shop for everyone seeking a top-quality education in all the diverse specialties of contemporary law.

  • Toyko - Sophia University - Faculty of Law
    7-1 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-Ku, Toyko 102-8554, Phone: +81-3-3238-3515

    The Faculty of Law has three departments: that of Law, that of International Legal Studies and that of Legal Studies of the Global Environment. All three require the students to understand the basic concepts of law. Each department has a distinct target: domestic society, international society and the global environment.

  • Yamanashi - Yamanashi Gakuin University - Faculty of Law
    5-7-15 Sakaori, Yamanashi 400-8575, Phone: +81-55-224-1650

    The Law Department's goal is not only to develop specialists in law,but also to aim for the preservation of a wide knowledge of law within the social world, in order to create points of view that consider the various problems encountered in law relating to life and society.

  • Yokohama - Toin University of Yokohama - Faculty of Law
    1614 Kurogane-cho, Aoba-ku, Yokohama 225-8502, Phone: +81-45-972-5881

    Covering the broad field of law, the Toin University of Yokohama Faculty of Law is committed to educating their students to become law specialists who are able to play an active part in the world of business and within the society by integrating legal knowledge, thinking power, and problem solving ability. In other words, the legal mind.

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