The history of Kyushu University dates back to 1902 when Fukuoka Medical College was established as the foundation of Kyushu Imperial University. In 1911, Kyushu Imperial University, along with the Collages of Medicine and Engineering, were established. The total number of students currently amounts to 18,925, while the faculty members number 2,099, as of May 2012. International programs are also greatly encouraged at Kyushu University, and it has been chosen as one the 13 Universities of the MEXT “Global30” project in 2009. At present there are more than 1,500 international students from about seventy countries studying here. Located in the heart of East Asia, and midway between Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul, Fukuoka, the city where Kyushu University is located, is the largest city in Kyushu, the most southern of Japan’s four main islands. It is a thriving modern metropolis that has not sacrificed its unique local character and charm. Fukuoka was ranked as the 16th largest best livable city of the world by the BBC in 2011.
The Faculty of Law was established in September 1924 as the Department of the Faculty of Law and Letters, and acquired independent status in 1949. Since that time, the Faculty of Law has established a reputation as a centre of progressive legal research and high-level legal education.
Annually, 200 students are admitted to the Faculty as undergraduates. As of April 2015, over 14,500 students have completed the undergraduate program. Occupational activities of these alumni are diverse, covering the legal profession, government service (both national and local), business, journalism, education, and academia. The graduate program of the Faculty, which was set up in 1953, has produced over 1,500 Master’s and 110 Doctoral degrees.
The Law Library of Kyushu University houses one of the largest collections in Japan with over 310,000 volumes. It is particularly well known for the collection of foreign-language materials, and provides an excellent resource for international students.
In 1994, the Faculty of Law launched Japan’s first Master’s program taught entirely in English; the LL.M. in International Economic and Business Law (IEBL). In 1999, a similar program was established focusing on comparative politics and political administration (CSPA). In 2001, the Faculty launched a special government funded program for young legal professionals of designated Asian countries (YLP). The LL.M., YLP and CSPA programs have been accepting JDS Fellows since the inception of the program.
Around 40% of students entering graduate programs at the Faculty are now coming from overseas. The Faculty now has the experience of educating students from more than 50different countries including Bangladesh, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, South Africa, and Vietnam. Over 500 students have graduated from the various international programs offered by the Faculty.
As a result, the university has accumulated a great deal of experience receiving foreign students and providing reliable support systems in education, research and living in Japan.
LL.M. Program in International Economic and Business Law (IEBL)
The IEBL program focuses on international economic and business law from a comparative perspective, emphasizing (i) domestic laws related to this issue, especially civil law, competition law, foreign investment law, civil litigation, intellectual property law, commercial law, and conflict of laws, and (ii) the emerging fields of international commercial and trade law.
The program is intended to provide JDS Fellows with a variety of intellectual and practical skills required to confront the many challenges of international economic affairs and commercial transactions in a rapidly globalizing world.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: the curriculum can be subject to change)
All students in the International Economic and Business Law program are expected to complete a 20-credit curriculum and write a Master’s thesis (10 credits). The curriculum plan for a two year master program is as follows:
Semester I [8 credits]: Students must take Introduction to Legal and Political Studies, Legal Research Methodology & Writing, and two other courses offered within the framework of the IEBL.
Semester II [6 credits]: Students must take three courses offered within the framework of the IEBL.
Semester III [4 credits]: Students must take four courses offered within the framework of the IEBL. Students must also re-take Legal Research Methodology & Writing as an auditor.
Semester IV [2 credits]: Students are expected to concentrate on completing the Master’s thesis. Any student who has not completed 20 credits by this stage is expected to complete the remaining necessary courses in Semester IV.
From October 2015 onwards, the teaching of each subject will be done on an intensive basis. Students will have at least two classes of each subject per week.
The courses offered in the framework of the IEBL can be found at:
The following is an indicative list of courses offered in the last few years (this list is just indicative and is subject to change on a yearly basis):
A list of the research interests of the faculty can be found at:
(IMPORTANT NOTE: the schedule below serves as an example and will be subject to change)
|2||Entrance Ceremony, Guidance, Welcome Party|
|5||Classes Begin / Quarter 1 Teaching Weeks Start|
|8||Deadline for the Online Course Registration|
|12||Health Sports Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS|
|15||Monday’s Class will be held (No Thursday class)|
|16-20||Modification Period of the Online Course Registration|
|28||Medical Check-up *the details will be informed later.|
|30||Payment Deadline for the Toner Cost (5,000 yen)|
|3||National Holiday NO REGULAR CLASS|
|13||Deadline for submission of Research Topics & Research Proposal
Quarter 1 Teaching Weeks End
|20||National Holiday NO REGULAR CLASS|
|23||Quarter 1 Exam Week Start
Quarter 1 Exam Week End
|27||Quarter 2 Teaching Weeks Start|
|4||Deadline for Changing Quarter 2 Course Registration|
|23||The Emperor's Birthday (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS
Winter Holidays Begin (through Jan.5) 2016
|11||Monday’s Class will be held (No Wednesday class)|
|14||Coming of Age Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS|
|15||Friday’s Class will be held (No Thursday class)
NO REGULAR CLASS
Deadline for LL.D. Applications (including 20 pages Thesis Draft) *Applicable to student, who wish to apply for the LL.D. program.
|29||Quarter 2 Teaching Weeks End|
|1||Quarter 2 Exam Week Start|
|5||Quarter 2 Exam Week End|
|6-11||Preparation Term for the Conference (LL.M. LL.D.)|
|12-13||International Conference (Compulsory for LL.M. LL.D.)|
|14-||Spring Holiday Begin (through Apr. 3)
Clinical Study (Compulsory for YLP)
|30||Submission of Thesis Draft, Abstract and Chapter Plan|
|4||Classes Begin / Quarter 3 Teaching Weeks Start
Deadline for Online Course Registration
|29||Showa Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS|
|3||National Foundation Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS
Greenery Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS
|4||Children’s Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS|
|5||Quarter 3 Teaching Weeks End|
|27||Quarter 3 Exam Week Start|
|3||Quarter 3 Exam Week End|
|6||Quarter 4 Teaching Weeks Start|
|10||Deadline for submitting Final Thesis Title
*The form can be found on the program website in the Course Materials section.
Thesis Submission for iThenticate (LL.M.)
*Only soft copy of thesis contents submitted by e-mail.
|20||Sea Day (National Holiday) NO REGULAR CLASS|
|22||Classes End / Quarter 4 Teaching Weeks End|
|25||Quarter 4 Exam Week Start|
|29||Quarter 4 Exam Week End|
|30||Summer Holidays Begin|
|5||Deadline for submitting Thesis|
|5||Final Exam (Open Presentation)|
|7||Final approval at the Law Faculty Meeting|
The Law Library of Kyushu University houses one of the largest collections in Japan with over 310,000 volumes. It is particularly well known for its collection of international and foreign-language materials, and provides an excellent research resource for all graduate students.
Kyushu University provides wireless access throughout the campus. International students enrolled on a program at the Graduate School of Law are given access to the LL.M. Study Room, which contains a number of computers and network hubs for laptops. Students are also given access to an extensive selection of on-line databases containing both English and Japanese materials, including LEXIS/NEXIS & WESTLAW.
All international students enrolled on a course at the Graduate School of Law will be provided with a Student Supporter to assist with various practical matters upon arriving in Japan. This includes meeting newly arrived students at Fukuoka Airport, accompanying the student to their accommodation, helping in opening a bank account & registering at the Ward Office, and other practical assistance. The support service ensures that adjusting to life in Japan goes smoothly for all incoming international students.
With over 2,100 international students from over 80 countries, Kyushu University has a diverse and international student body. The International Students Center serves as a resource providing a range of services from Japanese language classes, immigration advice to counseling. For more information, please see:
Kyushu University offers two housing options for international students, International Student House. Further information is available at “International Student House”:
The support systems that Kyushu University has established for international students ensure that settling in Japan will be a smooth and comfortable experience. Moreover, the city of Fukuoka enjoys a reputation for its comfortable living conditions and openness to foreign residents.
A motivated and committed faculty will strive to ensure that all JDS Fellows have a rewarding educational experience. The Faculty of Law has been conducting courses in English for almost 20 years. The “know-how” gained from this experience means that JDS Fellows are offered an international standard educational experience that is sensitive to the differing needs of a diverse student body.
4 students from Vietnam have successfully completed the JDS project, and a number of students from Vietnam are enrolled on other programs offered by the Faculty, each year.
Mr. Hoang Van Thang
Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam
JDS Fellow 2015– 2017
“The legal system’s history of Japan makes it a very good academic environment to study law in the comparative perspective. JDS gives me chances to be exposed in the very new issues related to contract law, consumer law, sport law, etc. which help to improve my legal academic background. Moreover, Kyushu University is a very international academic environment where I can also make friends with other students from all over the world. Hope to see you in Fukuoka.”