Doctoral programs

Doctoral

English-taught
Japanese-taught

Application guidance

Applicants to any of the programs listed below should review the guidance notes on the drafting of research proposals.

 

Drafting a Proposal

  Information
Clarity, completeness, and viability of the research proposal is an important factor in admissions decisions. Review these guidance notes in connection with preparing your application.

Comparative Law LL.D.

The Comparative Law LL.M. is open to overseas students wishing to pursue a research topic relevant to law reform or adaptation.

Competitive scholarships are available through the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) and the Japan Development Scholars (JDS) system.

The program offers both English-taught and Japanese-taught streams. Applicants should select the application form or instructions appropriate to their intended scholarship category.

 

Comparative Law LL.D.

  
General Application
October entry
Application for study toward the Doctorate of Laws (English or Japanese), without scholarship support.
  
General Application
April entry
Application for study toward the Doctorate of Laws, without scholarship support.
  University MEXT
English-taught stream with Ministry of Education (MEXT) scholarship. Applications are accepted directly by the Graduate School of Law.
  University MEXT
Japanese-taught stream with Ministry of Education (MEXT) scholarship. Applications are accepted directly by the Graduate School of Law.
  JDS
English-taught stream supported by Japanese Grant in Aid for Human Resource Development (JDS). Apply through local JDS offices.
  Embassy MEXT
English-taught stream with Ministry of Education (MEXT) scholarship. Application process begins with an examination and selection process conducted by the relevant Japanese embassy, followed by application to the University.
  Embassy MEXT
Japanese-taught stream with Ministry of Education (MEXT) scholarship. Application process begins with an examination and selection process conducted by the relevant Japanese embassy, followed by application to the University.

Law for Professionals LL.D.

The Law for Professionals course is aimed at students with professional experience who wish to extend their knowledge in a specific area of law. The course is open to applications in both English-taught and Japanese-taught streams.

 

Law for Professionals LL.D.

  Information
See the admissions information page of the Japanese site of the faculty for information on this program (応用法政コース).

ASCI Transnational Doctoral Program for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries

The Graduate School of Law is offering a special research-based doctoral program which primarily targets professionals in government positions, not-for-profit groups, professional societies, and academic institutions in the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

This unique program provides enrolled students with an opportunity to work towards a doctoral degree without having to suspend their career for the duration of their studies.

Upon the completion of the required milestones, submission and acceptance of a dissertation and the sitting of an oral defense, successful candidates will be awarded a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) in Comparative Law and Political Science.

October 2018 Admissions Round Information

We expect information relating to the October 2018 round to be available towards the end of February 2018.

Please direct questions related to the program to the following email address:

allcampuses.asci@law.nagoya-u.ac.jp

You may also wish to liaise directly with your local Satellite Office (ASCI Office) for further information (contact information available via the below link to the main ASCI website).

 

ASCI LL.D. Application

  Information
Further details on the ASCI program are available at the main program website.
  Application
Application form and instructions for the ASCI program.

Researcher LL.D.

The Researcher track in the School of Law is a Japanese-taught course of study aimed at prospective researchers in the Japanese university environment.

 

Researcher LL.D.

  Information
See the admissions information page of the Japanese site of the faculty for information on this program (研究者養成コース).

Leading Program LL.D.

The objective of the Leading Program, which accepted applications for admission between 2012 and 2017, has been is to produce Asia-literate professionals who can design legal institutions for cross-border transplantation. Students will develop flexible perspectives that allow them to understand and compare diverse societies, and learn how to offer innovative yet highly practical solutions for the legal challenges facing the region.

The pressing need in the field of law and political science is for lawyers adept in identifying and analysing problems, organisational management, responding to societal demands and conflict resolution. The program has aimed to educate future leaders able to demonstrate these practical abilities seamlessly across borders, bridging gaps between Japan and other jurisdictions. These leadership skills have been taught through opportunities to participate in institution transplantation through assisting in development projects.

In particular, the program has been dedicated to cultivating professionals with the following abilities:

  • Strong commitment to Asia;
  • Flexible approach to understanding and comparing diverse societies;
  • Ability to design and propose functional, appropriate legal institutions for cross-border transplantation;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Ability to organize and manage teams of professionals from diverse background;
  • Advanced legal ability including legislative drafting.

 

Leading Program LL.D.

  Information
Applications for the Leading Program have closed. For further information about the program design and its results, follow the link to the program website.