November 12, 2010
Improving Japan’s legal education system:
The Japanese law school system established six years ago offers a three-year program—similar to U.S. law schools—for students who have not pursued a law degree as undergraduates. For those who have obtained an undergraduate law degree, schools offer a two-year program. With the new system of law training, the pass rate for the board exam has increased to 25 percent according to Japan Today, but the Diet hopes to further improve these programs and expand the number of lawyers qualified to navigate the increasingly complex Japanese legal system.
The visiting delegation was particularly interested in “the curriculum and what the University does to prepare students for their profession upon graduating, to prepare them for the bar exam, and to support them in finding employment after passing the bar exam,” said Winslow. In addition, the counsillors learned more about tuition costs, scholarships and educational opportunities for BU Law’s foreign students.
“The prevailing feeling is that the [Japanese] system can be improved even further,” said Winslow. Though the modernization of Japan’s legal system is still a work in progress, he is optimistic that the country is headed in the right direction. “The delegation was very satisfied by that meeting… Learning from Dean O'Rourke about BU Law School's program was paramount.”