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Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law consists of the Department of Law and the Department of Political Science, both of which boast long histories spanning over 100 years. The goal of the Department of Law is not only to groom young legal professionals, but also to expand students’ horizons, and develop sharp, insightful legal minds. The Department of Political Science has more instructors and course offerings than any other political science department in Japan. The program aims to develop academically well-rounded individuals with a broad interdisciplinary outlook.

Department of Law
Department of Political Science

The Department of Law and Department of Political Science are cultivating human resources who will flourish in the future

The curriculums of the Department of Law and the Department of Political Science are independent, as their educational purposes differ. The goal of the Department of Law is not only to train legal professionals but also to foster the ability to perceive social phenomena from a legal perspective. The goal of the Department of Political Science is cultivate the skills required to integrate individual behavior with societal concerns as well as to groom politicians and public officers. Of course, these generalist abilities are also required of the leaders of organizations. Despite these differences, the two departments collaborate with each other on various research and education programs.

The largest number of faculty members and courses among political science departments in Japan

Both departments provide various specialized courses that are fine-tuned to respond to social changes, and employ a total of  approximately 120 tenured faculty members. The Department of Law offers courses on legal matters of social concern, including international business transactions, intellectual property law, medical law, EU law, and environmental law. The number of faculty members and courses are the largest among all political science departments in Japan. Students are able to select courses from Japanese Political Science, Political Philosophy, Consciousness and Theoretical Concept, Government and Policy Research, International Politics and Diplomacy, Research on Modern Society and Mass Media, Area Study for Foreign Countries, and others.

Graduate school education for skilled professionals

People educated to become high-level professionals are always in high demand, and the Faculty of Law is enriching its graduate school education to deliver such professionals. Incentives are provided to encourage students who wish to go on to graduate school: high-achieving senior students are exempted from the preliminary round of the entrance examination for graduate school, junior students who show unusual academic potential during their first three years of undergraduate studies are qualified to take the entrance exam, and graduate students with an excellent record can acquire a masters in one year. These incentives enable outstanding students to obtain their masters degree in just four years at Keio.

Ryousei Kokubun

Dean, Faculty of Law
Ryosei Kokubun

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