Sophia University

Academics Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law

In addition to basic courses on laws, each department offers a curriculum to deepen the understanding of fundamentals of domestic laws as well as more specific areas such as international relations or environmental laws to obtain an ability to analyze various problems from a legal perspective. The academic goal of legal studies is to equip students with an ability to think from a legal perspective and analyze problems logically. In order to achieve this goal, the faculty not only offers curriculums to gain legal knowledge but also practical education to analyze and solve the real world problems expansively by applying legal knowledge. The faculty offers a wide range of courses including politics, sociology, and economics related courses, as well as compulsory practical trainings that enable students to learn proactively.

Through these curriculums, the faculty aims to develop human resources with legal acumen and problem solving skills who contribute to the today’s global world which is becoming more diversified and complicated.

Department of Law

The academic purpose of the department is to cultivate in our students problem solving skills that are essential for legal studies. The department mainly offers courses on positive laws, including six major laws. They are part of the scope of Law School, however as many students choose careers other than as legal professionals, the undergraduate faculty focuses on the fundamental framework of legal judgment and the relations between society and the legal system, while Law School is dedicated to the development of more specialized skills and knowledge.

New problems are arising in today’s world where people’s values are becoming more diversified. Even if a problem is not seemingly a legal issue in a narrow sense, problem solving methods that are inherent in legal studies can be applied effectively. Therefore, human resources with those abilities are more in demand in the world. In order to produce those human resources, the department not only deals with legal issues as educational materials, but also offers opportunities to learn roles and limitation of legal theory by analyzing contexts of conflicts including economic environment and social mindsets.

Department of International Legal Studies

The department was established as the first department in Japan that deals with laws related to international problems such as international diplomacy, conflicts, trade and marriages. In recent years, more international problems are arising along with the globalization of economic activities and development of scientific and information/telecommunication technology. The department strives to nourish in our students an ability to analyze international relations from a legal and political perspective, as well as equip them with language skills and wide range of knowledge necessary in the international arena. The department aims to produce U.N workers, diplomats, professionals in the private sector, international legal professionals and researchers who contribute to international academic exchanges. The department aims for extensive education based on legal foundation. In order to develop knowledge and an ability to deal with problems in a global society, our curriculum is designed to build fundamental knowledge of the Constitution, civil laws, criminal laws and international laws and then study legal and political courses that deal with more specific problems in international relations.

Department of Legal Studies of the Global Environment

The academic purposes of the department include equipping students with knowledge of legal systems in Japan and in the world regarding environmental problems. It aims to develop human resources who have the ability to analyze environmental issues in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner, and contribute to the solutions from a legal perspective. In order to achieve these goals, it is critical to educate people who pursue research on environmental laws. With globalization of companies, the demand is increasing for human resources with comprehensive knowledge on domestic and international environmental laws and regulations. Thus our mission also includes producing experts of environmental laws in relation to corporate activities. Governments, legal professionals and Non Government Organizations (NGOs) play important roles in environmental conservation. Therefore, developing practicing professionals and NGO personnel who have knowledge of environmental laws is one of our important missions. Also, as the department recognizes needs to cooperate internationally to tackle environmental issues, it actively accepts international students and educates them as experts of environmental laws who would contribute to their home countries.