This seminar, taught by an experienced Japanese lawyer practicing in New York, provides exposure to major topics in Japanese law, using original sources. The seminar will focus on judicial precedents relating to the Civil Code. Participants will learn legal concepts, vocabulary, and approaches to legal issues in a civil law country while improving their professional Japanese language capability. Other important laws such as contract, corporate, securities, employment, and anti-monopoly law, as well as dispute resolution mechanisms will also be introduced. Through examination and discussion of primary legal sources, the seminar provides a unique opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the Japanese legal system.
The course is open to any student who is relatively proficient in reading Japanese, but fluency is not required and no knowledge of Japanese legal vocabulary is assumed. Any student with significant exposure to the Japanese language is welcome, as long as they are interested in learning Japanese legal vocabulary and working with Japanese legal documents.
The course will be graded on a Credit/Fail basis. Regular attendance is required.