Located at one of Japan’s top universities, the Keio University Law School (KLS) has one of the strongest programs in Japan. In 2016, KLS earned the distinction of having the most successful candidates of all law schools pass the national bar exam, with an overall passage rate of twice the national average. Keio alumni regularly make up a large portion of incoming cadres of judges, prosecutors and associates at major Japanese law firms. Moreover, KLS has the broadest English language curriculum of any Japanese law school, and routinely hosts exchange students from leading law schools around the globe.
Building on these strengths, in April KLS will offer a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in global legal practice, with instruction entirely in English. The LL.M. program is hoping to attract lawyers, law school graduates and legal staff of corporations with international operations who wish to become truly global legal professionals. KLS also seeks non-Japanese students who wish to study law in Tokyo, and graduates of Japanese faculties who wish to obtain a master’s degree and plan to work at an international institution.
KLS is located in Mita, minutes from the heart of Japan’s international business center. Because of its location, world-class practitioners will often join KLS professors in the classroom as guest lecturers and adjunct instructors, bringing experience from headline-making disputes and deals.
The KLS LL.M. program will focus on practical, skills-based training throughout the curriculum. Internships at a range of law firms, companies and international organizations may allow KLS students to apply and add to their knowledge, as well as make contact with potential employers. The students also may take advantage of exchange arrangements to spend a semester at one of KLS’ partner law schools around the globe, or pursue a double degree.
The LL.M. program will target an enrollment of approximately 30 students. With this small size, students can expect individualized attention to help achieve their goals. The program offers every student an option for individual research courses, as well as tuition that is a small fraction of what an LL.M. degree would cost in the U.S.
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