Graduate law school training of legal professionals through small-group instruction.
The KSU Law School values the tradition of the university in producing legal professionals capable of fulfilling the needs of society. The goal of the specialized degree program is to develop spirited, high-caliber lawyers and legal professionals able to adapt to the changes taking place in the world. To meet the training needs of the maximum 18 students per academic year, the school has 23 full-time instructors, seven of whom have experience in legal practice. A distinctive feature of education at the Law School is a system of small classes and interactive lectures that promote a dialogue both between students and professors and among students themselves.
A curriculum for learning the “living” law
The curriculum features basic law courses in the first year, followed by advanced courses in the second year that include basic practicum courses and electives for passing the National Bar Examination. In the third year, students progress to general practicum courses and begin to assemble their studies in a step-by-step, systematic way. They are thus able to learn not only legal theory but the living application of the law in practice.
Extended financial assistance
Providing extended financial support from enrollment to completion is one way in which the university shows its strong commitment to developing legal professionals. KSU shares a common desire and sense of mission with students regarding the study of law, and actively supports those who set out to become legal professionals.
By providing even more attentively designed training for each student, the KSU Law School aims to produce well-qualified lawyers and members of society with legal knowledge. The Law School also provides guidance beyond the period of enrollment. The time after completing the graduate program and before taking the National Bar Examination is a time of preparation that leads to specific results from studying hard. An important function of the Law School is to provide step-by-step instruction and guidance for passing the exam.
Even after becoming a legal professional, opportunities for learning continue. Students who have completed the graduate program and are working as lawyers may decide on their own to gain experience by going to work in such locations as Amami-Oshima Island, in southern Japan, or Sado Island, in Niigata Prefecture, areas where there is a shortage of lawyers to provide legal services. Law School graduates are active in many legal settings and the school considers it vital to provide ongoing support from the perspective of job experience being part of the learning process. The school therefore strives to maintain contact with its graduates as part of providing more realworld, supportive education.