文字サイズ

Faculty of Law

Developing students’ legal perspective and thinking ability, both of which are necessary in all fields

In contemporary society, law has been becoming more and more important as a standard for decisions on solutions to all kinds of issues. Not only the juridical and administrative fields but also private companies need human resources with legal perspectives and the ability for logical thinking. With the longest history among undergraduate legal courses in the Chubu region, the Faculty of Law, Aichi University, offers many practical courses where students can learn legal practice rooted in everyday life. The faculty allows students to acquire vast knowledge about a wide variety of topics, from the principles of law to how to solve specific problems in contemporary society.

Curriculum Features

Learning at a moot court

Moot Court I & II, where students can acquire specialized knowledge through practical experience
In the courses, real trials with citizen judges are simulated as accurately as possible. For that purpose, students consult judicial precedents and specialized materials in depth, and decide on what basis cases should be dealt with and what dialogues should be conducted at the moot court. In addition, citizens play the role of lay judges in the moot court, appearing for trials for the first time on the day of a moot court and making decisions immediately. This process enables students to acquire knowledge about the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure and about how to use them in a more reliable manner. Moreover, students also take the initiative in running the moot court and conducting PR activities. These activities allow students to develop not only their specialized knowledge but also abilities necessary in society, such as skills in communication and presentation.

Approaches through law and ordinances toward administration

Special Lecture on Politics, which enables students to learn how to put into practice law in local administration
The national and local governments conduct administration based on law and ordinances. Graduates from the Faculty of Law are expected to play an extremely important role as public servants in protecting the rights and interests of citizens and realizing public welfare. This course is aimed at informing students of the realities of administration based on law and ordinances and consequently providing students with important guidelines for career development as public servants and valuable insight concerning administrative duties. For this purpose, the course is taught by staff members of the Aichi Prefectural Government playing a leading role in the prefecture’s major administrative fields. From the perspective of the Administrative Act, which provides for the prefecture’s various administrative activities, the guest lecturers will explain how laws, ordinances, and plans, which serve as the foundation for those activities, are formulated and what legal systems are used for various policies and measures.

University of Hawai’i School of Law Program

Supporting students who wish to learn overseas legal systems and cultures
The Faculty of Law has concluded an agreement on an international exchange program with the University of Hawai’i School of Law, to provide students with international education. After attending lectures at Aichi University for a certain period, students are sent to participate in a two-week program offered at the University of Hawai’i School of Law during a spring break. Students attend courses on U.S. law taught by professors at the School of Law, while visiting courts, the state government, jails, and legal offices to learn about U.S. law in a practical manner. In AY2017, students also participated in a legal symposium held at the University of Hawai’i School of Law, presenting Japanese law and policy in English and exchanging views with university professors, lawyers, and judges in the U.S. If the applicants for the program exceed the prescribed maximum number of participants, a screening may be conducted to select participants.

Four Year Structure

First Year

Students study law in a systematic manner. In addition to acquiring fundamental knowledge, students develop logical thinking skills and the ability to interpret a problem from a variety of angles and come to a fair and just conclusion.

Second Year

Students choose from three different course modules in either law, administration or business, depending on which best suits their future career aspirations and interests. Students acquire the specialist knowledge required for their chosen field, and gain a deep insight into a wide spectrum of areas relating to politics and the law.

Third and Fourth Years

In their chosen Specialist Seminar group, students acquire the skills required to apply their specialist knowledge in a practical context. Students acquire problem solving, information gathering and communication skills through giving presentations on set topics. Students also develop independence and autonomy through the planning and running of mock trials.

Three course models that equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the law and the practical abilities they need

For students aiming for a career as a judge, lawyer or prosecutor

With the ultimate aim of cultivating the law specialists of tomorrow, students take a core set of specialist law related subjects, including constitutional law, civil law, criminal law, commercial law, administrative law. Imbuing in students a deep insight into both the law and human society alike, the subjects on this course have been designed to cultivate the essential qualities required of an individual who seeks to uphold social justice. Special courses for those interested in pursuing postgraduate study at law school are also available, and the faculty is actively engaged in helping students achieve qualifications as judicial and administrative scriveners.

For students aiming to make use of their background in law as a public servant

Public servants play a crucial role in society by putting law into effect and coming up with new policy. To help those students who are looking to work in such a capacity achieve their ambition, we have put together a curriculum that places emphasis upon gaining a secure understanding of the basic structure of society alongside specialist knowledge of the law. In addition to studying constitutional law, administrative law, civil law,criminal law,political science and public administration, the key subjects in the recruitment exam for public servants, we provide a range of special subjects that cultivate the necessary qualities and insight required of a fully-fledged public servant.

Training students to become business persons with the ability to think and write legally

We train our students to acquire and develop the ability to think legally and logically which will help them when they enter the business world. Besides studying the basic areas of law such as constitutional law and criminal law, students learn about the areas of law related to business such as civil law and commercial law. We also provide a variety of subjects which will enable students to acquire and develop a broader range of skills and knowledge. And we lay special emphasis on small-group seminars which provide the educational environment for developing the skills of giving presentations and debating which are needed when working in business.