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Graduate School of Law

image1 The Shimane University Graduate School of Law, also known as the San-in Law School, is located in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and serves the San-in region of western Japan (comprising Shimane and Tottori Prefectures). The Law School was established in 2004 with the support and encouragement of the Shimane and Tottori Prefectural Governments, the Shimane and Tottori Bar Associations and local business. The San-in Law School has a dual focus, in that it aims to produce lawyers who can think and operate both locally and internationally, who can meet the legal needs of the local population, and have the requisite outlook, knowledge and skills to meet the changing legal needs of Japanese citizens in an increasingly global society. To achieve these aims we have assembled a faculty of 13, including six Japanese lawyers. Our relatively small size ensures that students have easy access to their professors, and also helps to create an intimate and supportive learning environment for our students. 

International Admission Policy

 There is no nationality requirement for admission to the Law School. However, all applicants must have an excellent knowledge of the Japanese language and must sit a Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) and our own admissions examination both of which are in Japanese (although it is possible to have the interview portion of our admissions examination conducted in English). For further information regarding admissions requirements, please contact Shimane University’s Admissions Office or the Law School directly.



Message from Dean

ASADA.jpgRyosaku ASADA Professor


Dear Prospective Student,
 Thank you for taking the time to find out about Shimane University’s Graduate School of Law! The sections that follow will provide you with an overview of our Law School. However, I would like to take this opportunity to mention briefly what I think are some of the main attractions of studying at Shimane.

 One of our Law School’s greatest advantages is our faculty-student ratio. With an annual intake of just 20, our students have easy access to their professors and can get to know them personally. We also have a high proportion of qualified lawyers on our faculty, so that we can offer practical know-how as well as academic excellence. Another unique feature of our Law School is our dual local/international focus. We offer several courses focussing on the legal challenges and problems faced by local and regional communities, as well as a wide range of international law courses. And last but not least, located in the historic city of Matsue in beautiful Shimane Prefecture, our Law School offers a peaceful and relaxed environment in which students can concentrate on their studies.
 I hope that the information provided in these pages will be helpful. However, please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!


Certified Evaluation and Accreditation

image3 The Shimane University Graduate School of Law is judged to meet all standards and given the status as a qualified institution by Japan Law Foundation which is one of certified evaluation and accreditation organizations of law schools (2013).