Outstanding legal professionals are without exception equipped with keen analytical skills and comprehension for the facts. In order to transmit information effectively, legal education was up to now centered on one-sided lectures in large lecture rooms called “mass production classes.” However, in order not only to acquire the knowledge required by legal practitioners but to foster the creative powers of execution to utilize such in actuality, we should say this is insufficient.
Bi-directional and multi-directional interactive classes
In order to analyze the facts dispassionately and develop persuasive legal arguments after assembling the facts legally, it is indispensable to discuss various cases from multi-dimensional angles. Thus, at Hosei University Law School, bi-directional classes are implemented in all seminar subjects.
That is, through discussing and transmitting information mutually concerning complex facts by students and teachers or students and students who participate in seminars, the aim is to have students learn to acquire the ability to analyze the facts and to assemble the facts legally, and not just to study laws with a passive attitude, but to equip themselves with the persuasive powers of language and legal construction ability.
Of course, needless to say, such information transmission classes makes legal knowledge already possessed even more secure.
Thorough Small Group Education
In order to advance interactive classes smoothly, small groups are indispensable. Not until classes are performed on the proper scale will students listen to the opinions of others and all participants have productive discussions. At Hosei University Law School, especially in the case of seminars concerning basic legal subjects, teachers and classrooms are carefully arranged so that the number of students will not exceed 25 in principle, providing thorough small class education for students. Moreover, lectures for insufficiently prepared students with are also performed on a scale of about 30 students, so even though the lecture style is utilized, in many subjects interactive methods are utilized. We at Hosei University Law School consider the interactive method in small groups to be an indispensable condition for producing creative legal professionals.
Acquisition through Experience
Having classroom interaction is indispensable for fostering basic skills in practitioners, but this does not mean this is all that legal practitioners need. Dispute resolution skills, which can constitute the core of the various roles of the legal profession, are nothing other than sending out the best “next move,” as though playing chess or shogi in a dynamic process of negotiations with the opposite party with the long perspective. In order to acquire such skills, students must place themselves in the middle of disputes, and learn thereby to respond properly to constantly changing situations.
“Clinic” “International Economic Dispute Disposition” “Lawyering”
In the Law School, in order to cultivate such skills, we offer the “Clinic” subjects, to place students themselves in the actual midst of disputes, and established our own law offices, ahead of the other law schools. In addition, we established “Lawyering” to learn how to conduct interviews with clients and negotiations with opposite parties in simulated experience through role-playing, and “International Economic Dispute Disposition I and II” to learn the reality of international economic disputes by moot panel, making it possible to acquire skills as practitioners.