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Master's Degrees
LL.M. Program
In 1994, the Graduate School of Law at Kyushu University established Japan's first master's level program taught entirely in English: the LL.M. program.
Drawing upon faculty members with particular strengths in these fields of law, the LL.M. program is designed to provide both Japanese and international students with the ability to confront the many challenges of contemporary international economic affairs and commercial transactions.
Taught in English from a Japanese perspective, the LL.M. program seeks to develop a critical understanding of economic and legal principles within the framework of international & comparative business law.
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Bilingual Master’s Program in Law (BiP)
The Bilingual Master’s degree program in Laws (BiP) offers students the unique opportunity to engage in graduate level study of law in a “bilingual” environment at a law faculty in Japan. The program seeks to overcome one of the principal obstacles to graduate legal education in Japan, namely language, by providing students with the possibility of taking classes and writing a thesis in English, as well as Japanese.
As such, the program facilitates rapid improvement in Japanese ability whilst allowing students to engage in classroom study and supervised research across a wide range of subjects in the field of law.
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Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) in Law
The Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) was established in 2001 as a one-year master’s program by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Currently, five different programs are offered in the fields of Government, Local Governance, Healthcare Administration, Business Administration, and the Law. This program aims to contribute to the fostering of future national leaders in Asian and other countries. In addition, while deepening the participants’ understanding about Japan, it aims to form a network of national leaders who will play a key role in establishing friendly relations and improved policy planning among Asian countries, including Japan.
The Graduate School of Law at Kyushu University operates the YLP in law. It is organized as a one-year program.
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JDS Program
The JDS Program (the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) (former Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)) is a master’s course in law taught entirely in English to qualified individuals from selected organizations in designated recipient countries.
The JDS Program is taught on a full-time basis and takes 24 months for completion, beginning in October every year and ending in September two years later. All JDS students are expected to complete a 20-credit (approx. 2-3 courses per semester for two years) coursework curriculum and write a master’s Thesis of 70 pages.
The program is fully funded by JICA (the Japan International Cooperation Agency) and aims at training highly capable young officials who will engage in implementing social and economic development plans as future leaders in their home country.
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Double Degree LL.M. Programs in Law
Kyushu University, Graduate School of Law operates a number of double degree LL.M. programs in cooperation with partner schools in Asia and Europe.
Currently such programs are offered in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University, the University of Malaya, National Taiwan University and Catholic University of Leuven.
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LL.M.社会人プログラム Lifelong Learning Master’s Program in Law
Introduction to Lifelong Learning Program/LL.M.社会人プログラムについてLL.M.社会人プログラムは、修士レベルにおいて法学を英語及び日本語で学びたい日本人の為に設立されたものです。プログラムは、国際経済ビジネス法に特化されており、学術、ビジネス、法曹分野において豊富な経験を有する日本人及び外国人教員により構成されています。
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Doctoral Degrees
LL.D. Program
Kyushu University’s LL.D. program offers students the unique opportunity of preparing a doctoral thesis on law in English whilst studying at a Japanese university. The program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to complete high-level research in law.
Participants will pursue a closely supervised program of research for at least 6 consecutive semesters (3 years), prior to submitting a final dissertation.
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JICA-LL.D. Programs
In cooperation with JICA, Kyushu University offers two doctoral programs in law:
The JDS LL.D. Program
This program provides scholarships for students from certain designated countries who have already completed the JICA JDS Master’s Program to enroll on the LL.D. Program.
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The KCCP LL.D. Program
This program provides scholarships for students from certain designated countries to enroll on the LL.D. Program.
Students on this program are permitted to live and work in their home country and are provided with financial support from JICA to make regular visits to Japan for academic consultations.
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