Graduate School of Law

Research and education in the Graduate School of Law are primarily delivered in lecture and seminar format in accordance with the given curriculum. In both settings, the number of students is small. A key feature of the curriculum is the availability, in addition to major-specific subjects, of numerous general subjects, including important subjects that form the foundation for legal and political science research in each major area. To facilitate research from a wider perspective, curricula are managed flexibly, and electives from outside the student’s major or graduate school are recognized. Students in Doctoral studies are offered opportunities to participate in a variety of projects as contract or assistant researchers in the University’s research institutes.


In an effort to encourage broader participation by adult students, special entry exams have been offered for students in the workforce in all majors. Korakuen Campus offers classes in the evenings on weekdays and Saturday afternoons in the majors of Private Law and International Business Transaction Law for lawyers, CPAs, and in-house lawyers in government and the private sector to foster the ability of highly expert professionals to respond to society’s increasingly diverse requirements.


Course Catalog(Master Program)(18KB)


Tadasu WATARI Dean, Graduate School of Law

Chuo University was founded in 1885 by 18 young attorneys as the Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (English Law School) with the founding spirit of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice.” To this day, the Chuo University Graduate School of Law still highly values this history and philosophy.

The Graduate School offers four law majors, Public Law, Private Law, Criminal Law, and, International Business Transaction Law, as well as a Political Science major, to cater to a wide range of academic needs among graduate students.

Professors specialize in many fields, including Law, Economics, Finance, Politics, Administration and Sociology. In our globalized society, borders between these different fields are increasingly disappearing. In order to comprehend such a complex society, global perspectives as well as diverse knowledge beyond a single area of specialization have become critical.

In the Graduate School of Law, students are required to conduct in-depth, professional research and document these results. In order to accomplish this, diverse knowledge beyond one’s own area of specialization, unique views and ideas, and logical-thinking are required, in addition to deep understanding of the specialized area. Students are allowed to take courses outside their majors, enabling inter-disciplinary research and learning. Furthermore, students have opportunities to attend various seminars and encounter the latest findings of researchers inside and outside the Graduate School. Students can also participate in projects run by the Institute of Comparative Law in Japan, the Institute of Social Sciences, and the Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies, and engage in active exchange.

Though we have seen fluctuations in applicants, we are committed to responding to societal expectations to nurture researchers and legal specialist, as well as to contribute to society by returning to the mission of the Graduate School of Law. We welcome you to join us, to learn and grow together with students of diverse backgrounds, and to become a legal professional.


Tadasu WATARI Dean, Graduate School of Law