- Main Campus (Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture)
Legal Reform and the Role of Law Schools
As the world becomes more closely connected and society itself becomes ever more diverse and complex, having a system in place that can resolve legal disputes promptly and fairly according to the rule of law takes on even greater importance. Ongoing legal reform in Japan is focused on improving that system. The establishment of law schools plays a significant role in the reform process by contributing to the three fundamental goals outlined by Japan’s Justice System Reform Council: establish an institutional base of reform, expand the number of legal practitioners, and improve public access to the legal system.
The task of working toward a fair and just society falls to legal professionals. In Japan, law schools have been established around the country to train lawyers to fill this important role. Naturally, society demands very high standards from such individuals. They must be of the highest moral character, flexible in their thinking and outlook, and skilled in the art of persuasion. A wide knowledge of law, an understanding of human relationships, and fluency in foreign languages are also among the skills demanded in the legal profession.
By establishing our own law school in 2004, Kindai University became a participant in this crucial national project. In accordance with the best traditions and ideals of the university, Kindai University Law School has undertaken the important mission of training lawyers with the knowledge, skills, and spirit necessary to succeed in the profession and confront the legal issues of the future.
Philosophy and Objectives
Founded in the spirit of character development and practical education, Kindai University pursues the educational goal of fostering caring individuals deserving of trust and respect. The Law School incorporates those same principles with respect to the training of legal professionals.
1. Pragmatic Legal Education
The establishment of Osaka Technical College in 1925 with three departments—law, commerce, and politics—laid the foundation for what would in 1949 become Kindai University. In 1950, Kindai University opened the Faculty of Law to give students a practical legal education through its Law Department and its Law and Policy Department.
Kindai University’s Graduate School of Law has been offering masters courses since 1970 and Ph.D. studies since 1972. And its Law School provides training for the national bar exam, replacing the university-run Training Center for the National Bar Examination.
The university also operates the Research Center for Industrial and Legal Information and sponsors a number of research associations, including the Management Law Research Association, the Legal Practice Research Association, and the Intellectual Property Law Research Association.
2. Educational Resources
Building on the wealth of experience, resources, and legal education established by the university’s other law-related programs, Kindai University Law School seeks to raise the development of its students’ legal minds and practical education to an even higher level.
Our Students’ Education
The fundamental principle of our Law School is to impart the basic knowledge and skills necessary to practice law. We also aim to give our students the ability to view the world with an international perspective, while still remaining grounded in their local communities.
A very high standard is expected from individuals who wish to embark on a legal career. We welcome students with the necessary qualifications and open our admission exam to a wide pool of candidates, including those who have not previously studied law and older students who have work experience. The Socratic teaching method and small class size employed by the Law School cultivates students’ innate talents and helps them to develop the skills necessary to serve as legal practitioners.
An important task of the Law School is to train lawyers able to meet the need for legal services in their respective communities. That includes training lawyers who can service small and medium-sized enterprises, enabling such companies to compete in the global economy. We are confident that our combined international and local approach will prove valuable in this endeavor.