Tuesday, May 30, 2017

japan law school

It is theoretically a three-year course, on the assumption
that applicants do not necessarily have law degrees or
knowledge about the law but might have had rich and diverse
experiences they could bring into law.1" To adjust to the fact that
there are many who actually possess law degrees and need not
start from scratch, most law schools also provide a two-year
option. 6

Some law schools set different entrance examinations for three-year and two-year
courses: the former would require solid knowledge of law whereas the latter tries
to select people with diverse experiences and logical minds. Others admit students
to the three-year course, and then, once students are admitted, they have to
take examinations administered by individual schools testing their knowledge of
various legal areas. If they are approved by each school as sufficiently knowledgeable,
they may receive up to thirty credits, equivalent of one year at law
school, and may finish law school in two years instead of three. The ratio of
three-year students to two-year students varies from institution to institution. It
transpired that many smaller law schools end up having no three-year students at

All students expect themselves to become qualified lawyers, although
they have to pass bar examinations, spend twelve months
training at the Legal Training and Research Institute,10 and pass
the Final Examination in order to be properly qualified. The first
group will be graduating in March 2006, and the first new bar
examination will be administered in late May of that year.21

Kamiya, M. (2006). Structural and Institutional Arrangements of Legal Education: Japan. [Article]. Wisconsin International Law Journal, 24(1), 153-195.

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