In April 2017, Keio University Law School (KLS) established a master's degree program (LL.M.) in Global Legal Practice. This is a professional graduate master's degree course with instruction in English language - the first of its kind within a Japanese law school.
KLS was established in 2004 under the founding principles of "internationalism, multidisciplinarism and pioneerism". KLS has come to occupy a position as one of Japan's top law schools, educating many promising legal professionals each year. Further, KLS has established a strong track record of internationalism, with numerous non-Japanese adjunct and full-time research faculty members and a curriculum that includes more than 15 courses conducted in English, generally with a focus on business law. In addition, KLS accepts between 10 and 20 exchange students each year from partner law schools in America, Asia and Europe.
With this background, as we approach KLS' 12th anniversary, we are preparing to undertake further training of legal professionals who can be active in many fields that have developed as a result of our globalized society. We have added, within KLS, a new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Legal Practice program, while retaining our current Juris Doctor (J.D.) program for prospective Japanese legal professionals. The new program permits many students to obtain an LL.M. degree in one year, taking instruction in English, and has been the first program of its kind at a Japanese law school.
In order to train students who will be globally active legal professionals and legal staff of global companies and international institutions, the LL.M. program targets Japanese lawyers and graduates of law schools who wish to improve their practice skills via an English language program, and students from abroad who are interested in Japanese and Asian law. In addition, the program opens its doors to university graduates who wish to work in the future in an international organization. In the Keio LL.M. program, it will be possible, through a "double degree" arrangement, also to receive an LL.M. from a partner law school, initially in the United States, faster and at a much lower cost than would typically be required to obtain both degrees separately.
Keio University Law School LL.M. in Global Legal Practice Receives Official Approval https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/press-releases/2016/Sep/6/49-18368/
慶應義塾大学大学院法務研究科グローバル法務専攻 専門職学位課程（法務修 士）の設置認可について https://www.keio.ac.jp/ja/press-releases/2016/8/26/28-18337/