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JDS Program
1 Overview
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.
For further details on the JDS project, see here
2 Program Duration
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.
3 Program Requirements

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.
An indicative list of courses is available here.

The research interests and backgrounds of faculty members involved in the JDS program are available here.

4 Admission Requirements
For admission to the JDS-LL.M., students must meet the following requirements:
- An undergraduate degree in Law from an accredited university.
  - A good command of English. A TOEFL score of 92+ (Internet-based) or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.
5 Application Materials & Procedure
Please contact the JICA Office for further details on admission requirements and application materials.
Contact information is available here.
6 Tuition, Other Fees & Living Costs
All University Fees are covered by JICA and a monthly stipend is provided.
7 Scholarship Information
Each JDS fellow student will be provided with a monthly stipend of approximately 147,000 yen during the term of the scholarship. The amount of allowance will be subject to change depending upon the annual budget of the Japanese government for each fiscal year.
An economy class air ticket to and from Japan will be provided.
All tuition fees will be paid for by the JDS Program by JICA
 
8 FAQ
Am I entitled to a waiver of the TOEFL etc. language requirement?
Our normal practice is to require all applicants for whom English is a second language to submit a TOEFL test or equivalent, although if there are some special circumstances, we will consider a waiver.
If I have taken an English test other than TOEFL, what score is required?

A conversion chart is available here

Do I need a law degree in order to apply for the LL.M.?
A law degree is not absolutely necessary in order to be eligible to apply, however, a significant part of your undergraduate degree must have been in law.
9 Contact Details & Inquiries
Inquiries regarding this program should be addressed to the JICA Office of the prospective applicant's home country. This information is available here:
10 Privacy Policy
Before applying, please read carefully the Privacy Policy for International Students Applying for Admission at Kyushu University available at:
http://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/website/privacypolicy/internationalstudents
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Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University
744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, 819-0395 Fukuoka
Fax +81-(0)92-802-5407
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