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Faculty of Law

For nurturing individuals with the spirit to sympathize with the feelings of others and a solid knowledge of the law.

Educational Policies and Purposes

Based on the spirit of the founding of the university, the Faculty of Law aims to nurture self-reliant citizens who can act voluntarily with their expansive education and specialized knowledge acquired through academics and research of law on political science, which is based on the philosophy of the Constitution of Japan. Through this, these citizens will be able to resolve issues in cooperation with society that they themselves have discovered based on their sharp sense of human rights and justice.

*Department of Law

The number of students at the Fukakusa Campus: 1,782
Male students: 1,255; Female students: 527 (As of May 1, 2017)

The students at the Ryukoku University Faculty of Law voluntarily engage in a variety of activities. The students accumulate knowledge and experience through friendly competition among themselves to deepen their learning of the law and to learn more about social issues.

Precedent study group

Ryukoku University has numerous precious cultural properties and historical reference materials. These include cultural materials of the West collected by the Otani Expedition dispatched around 100 years ago. Our university has a large number of precious properties that are designated as national treasures and important cultural properties, rare books, and specially edited books. Students can learn while utilizing these true properties and reference materials.

Free legal counseling

In order for the students in the Faculty of Law to give back to society through the legal knowledge that they have acquired, and for the aim of having the students to learn laws rooted in the real world that cannot be learned in classroom lectures, the students, under the supervision of professors, have been providing free legal counseling for the past 45 years. These consultations mainly concern civil law related issues such as credit related issues, marriage and divorce, inheritance issues, and non-payment of part time work salaries. Consultations from other students and the public are accepted every Wednesday.

Faculty of Law Seminar Union

The Faculty of Law Seminar Union is an organization that plans and operates activities that “enhance the student life of the Faculty of Law students.” The union holds intra-faculty ball game tournaments, “seminar selection round-table discussions” where students can listen to the words of professors and upperclassmen, as well as inviting legal seminars from other universities such as Waseda University and Keio University. The union also plans and operates events such as “Intercollegiate Civil Law Debate,” which marked its 20th anniversary in the 2012 academic year.

Distinctive courses

The Faculty of Law offers a variety of specialized courses. Here are some of the courses that are distinctive of the Faculty of Law.

Legal practice theory

During approximately one month of their summer vacation, students experience legal practices at an actual law office. By seeing up close the work of lawyers, such as for legal cases, the students are able to learn what sorts of issues are occurring in society and how laws are actually being used to solve these issues.

Legal business practice I

Although administrative work at a legal office is one that is devoted to those behind the scenes, it is an extremely rewarding job that allows one to utilize their legal knowledge. This course offers students who want to work in a law office or legal department of a company a valuable opportunity to learn specific civil procedures from legal practitioners.

Chinese political discourse

China has been experiencing rapid growth through globalization and becoming “the world’s factory,” but there are many unstable factors when it comes to answering the question “will this development continue?” One of these factors is the issue of their political system. This course will analyze the actual state of Chinese politics in modern East Asian history in a multi-faceted, comprehensive and critical manner.

African political discourse

The winds of change are blowing in Africa where political democratization and economic reconstruction continues to progress. However, one cannot ignore the reality that Africa also faces many difficulties such as civil war, poverty, and famine, as well as the fact that peace is being threatened. It is said that “the 21st century is the century of Africa” and this course aims to understand the world by looking at Africa.