Dean of the Faculty,Dean of the Department of Law and Politics

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Dean of the Faculty

Hoshi Shuichiro
Dean of the School of Law and Politics
Hoshi Shuichiro

  Welcome to the website of the Tokyo Metropolitan University School of Law and Politics.
  Building on the 50-plus-year tradition of our predecessor university's Department of Law, the School of Law and Politics, established within the Faculty of Urban Liberal Arts to provide specialized education in the areas of law and politics, will be renovated as a Faculty of Law in 2018.
  Internet socialization and rapid globalization, which are some of the distinguishing characteristics of today's world, raise complex issues that cannot be solved using traditional approaches. That is why our motto is "education to develop the potential of each student" and our aim is to thereby cultivate human resources capable of actively addressing the many challenges facing the modern world.
  Our faculty of law, which students start in their first year of undergraduate study, feature lecture classes and seminars which complement each other for an outstanding educational experience. In the lecture classes, students master fundamental knowledge and systematic theories concerning law and politics, while the specialized seminars give students opportunities to exercise their creativity and independent thinking in their studies. Leading our programs are our excellent faculty members, many of whom play central roles in academic circles in law and politics. In this environment, each student acquires advanced knowledge and research skills in law and politics along with the ability to think holistically, informed by a broad perspective and innovative ideas.
  Graduates of our predecessor university's Department of Law and the School of Law and Politics are active in a broad spectrum of areas, such as business, public service, and journalism. For students aspiring to become lawyers, we offer the very attractive option of going on to the university's Law School which enjoys excellent achievements in the bar examination passage rates. Moreover, since professors at the Law School are also involved in undergraduate education, students can begin preparing for the legal profession even as undergraduates. For students aspiring to become specialized researchers in law or politics at universities or research institutes in Japan or overseas, we have the Department of Law and Politics of the Graduate School which has enjoyed a solid reputation for training up scholars since the days of our predecessor university.
  In this way, we offer a diverse curriculum that helps students gain the skills they need to achieve their future aspirations in various sectors of society. All faculty members look forward to seeing students challenge themselves intellectually at our Faculty of Law.

Greeting (Dean of the Department of Law and Politics )

Osawa Mugi
Dean of the Department of Law and Politics
Osawa Mugi

  The Department of Law and Politics of the Graduate School of Social Sciences is built on the 50-plus-year tradition of our predecessor university's Department of Jurisprudence and Politics and is comprised of two fields: law and politics.
  As society becomes more sophisticated and globalization advances rapidly, the world is faced with complex issues that cannot be solved using the traditional approaches of the social sciences. In this context, what is needed in the study of both law and politics is advanced knowledge and research skills in specialized and forefront areas, along with the ability to think and manage projects holistically, informed by a broad perspective and innovative ideas. When these two work in tandem, they result in the rich creativity needed to develop a clear vision of an ideal society for the future.
  Our curriculum is based on precisely these concepts. We are known most of all for our small class size and excellent faculty members many of whom play central roles in academic circles in law and politics as well as our Joint Seminars, in which all faculty members and all graduate students participate. These features mutually reinforce each other to create an outstanding educational experience.
  Since the days of our predecessor university, as the outcome of our acknowledged educational system, we have produced many outstanding scholars who play leading roles in universities, research institutions, and academic circles in law and politics, as well as expert professionals and government officials serving on the front lines in a variety of areas. Moreover, we have actively accepted international students who have gone on after graduation to become researchers and government officials in their home countries.
  All faculty members look forward to welcoming students aspiring to tackle various issues facing society today.


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