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

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Introduction of the Faculty (School of Law and Politics)

  The School of Law and Politics of the Faculty of Urban Liberal Arts at Tokyo Metropolitan University is the heir to the Department of Law of the former Tokyo Metropolitan University. The School of Law and Politics is made up of the Division of Law and the Division of Politics. Students enrolled in the School of Law and Politics will select one of the courses upon entering their second year.
  Graduates of the School of Law and Politics will receive a “bachelor’s degree(Law)” just as students of the Department of Law of other universities. The main career paths for students of the School of Law and Politics include the legal professions (judges, prosecutors, and lawyers), national and regional government positions, and careers in the mass media, private corporations, and at research institutions. The curricula offer sets of courses appropriate for each career path.
The Division of Law
  There is a saying that “where there is a society, there is law.” In particular, in modern society, various rules are complexly intertwined to maintain order. The study of law is an academic field that aims to interpret “law,” which is the most important of these rules. Law is essential in resolving and preventing conflicts and disputes, in providing public services, and also in protecting the rights and interests of individuals.
  In the Division of Law, students can take a wide range of fundamental legal subjects such as Constitutional Law , Civil Law, Criminal Law, and Commercial Law, as well as such specialized and applied subjects such as Economic Law, Intellectual Property Law, and the Philosophy of Law. Students that study at the Law School will be able to choose in their future career from a variety of occupations such as judges, prosecutors, lawyers, civil servants or company employees that will be engaged in legal matters.
  Regardless of which field students choose to pursue, the knowledge and thinking skills gained through the course will play a vital role in their understanding of the fundamental aspects of social order, which will be of great use to societal development.
The Division of Politics
  Laws and policies established by the state and local governments have a great impact on the social lives of citizens. Conversely, citizens can also have an impact on laws and policies. In other words, there is a bidirectional relationship between citizens on the one hand and laws and policies on the other, and politics acts to mediate between them. The study of politics is an academic field, through which we come to understand the mutual relationships between citizens and government.
  In the Division of Politics, students can study a wide range of subjects including Political Science, which provides the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding politics, Public Administration, which studies state and local governments, and Japanese Political History, which analyzes the historical trajectory of Japanese politics. In addition, students can study Modern Japanese Politics, International Politics, Comparative Politics, and the History of Western Political Thought depending on their interests.
  However, the subjects offered in this course are not limited to these subjects directly concerning politics. By offering related subjects of Public Law including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and International Law, this course trains generalists of use to society such as national and regional civil servants.
Characteristics of the Curriculum at the School of Law and Politics
A Systematic Learning Program of Studying Law and Politics
  At the School of Law and Politics, students begin learning their specialized subjects from their first year. Furthermore, the Urban Arts and Sciences Program, which students will be enrolled in mainly in their first year, consists of the prerequisites necessary for learning the specialized subjects of the School of Law and Politics such as Introduction to Jurisprudence, Introduction to Modern Politics, and the Constitution of Japan.
  Progressing from the basic subjects to more specialized subjects, students will follow a systematic curriculum, and on fulfilling the requirements for graduation, they will obtain a “bachelor’s degree (Law),” whether they enter the Division of Law or the Division of Politics.
An Enriching Small Group Education
  While many classes of law and politics are lecture-style given in large classrooms, at the School of Law and Politics, which inherits the tradition of the Department of Law of the former Tokyo Metropolitan University, the focus is on small group education, and many classes are held in this fashion. In seminars in which precedents are studied or the literature is reviewed, students will learn survey skills, presentation, and discussion methods under the direct guidance of the teachers. Through participation in seminars, students can gain a deeper knowledge of law and politics. Furthermore, since students can simultaneously participate in multiple seminars, the opportunities for exchanges with teachers, and other students sharing the same interests will expand.
Curricula Appropriate for Each Career Path
  In the Division of Law, in order to prepare students for advancement to the Law School and for the exam for National Public Service, students are required to take six subjects of substantive law and one subject of procedural law. In the Division of Politics, in order to prepare students for careers in the mass media, advancement to public policy graduate schools, the exam for National Public Service, and the exam for senior-level positions in regional civil services, students are required to take three subjects of politics and four subjects of law.
  However, since the barriers between the Division of Law and the Division of Politics are low, and because there is a great degree of freedom for the students in selecting subjects, students can pursue their desired career path regardless of which course they are taking. Low barriers allow students to transcend the boundaries of different fields by enrolling in a wide range of subjects.

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