Doctoral Program in Law (LL.D.)

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 6 consecutive semesters (3 years), prior to submitting a final dissertation.

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International Economic & Business Law (IEBL) Program (LL.M.)

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 in International Economic and Business Law (IEBL).

Drawing upon faculty members with particular strengths in these fields of law, the IEBL 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 IEBL program seeks to develop a critical understanding of economic and legal principles within the framework of international & comparative business law.

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Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) in Law (LL.M.)

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.

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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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Bilingual Program (BiP) in Law (LL.M.)

The Bilingual Master’s (LL.M.) 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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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 & Tilburg University.

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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

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Kyushu Summer Institute in Law & Innovation

The aim of the Kyushu Summer Institute in Law & Innovation is to offer students, legal professionals or other interested parties an opportunity to study a selection of courses clustered around the theme of innovation and the law. Rapid technological change has emerged as a key feature of contemporary economic and social life, and the law has been forced to adapt to this new reality. The result has been significant recent legal reform across multiple jurisdictions and all fields of law.

In this program, a number of specially tailored courses offered within the framework of the International Economic & Business Law LL.M. program will examine, in detail, some of the implications of technological innovation for the law.

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