What's Kobe LL.M.? 概要

Outline of the Program [PDF]


  • ◆Graduate degree in international business law taught in English
  • ◆Combines an LL.M. program with experiential training
  • ◆1-2 years to complete with commencement in the fall or spring
  • ◆Instruction by top international academics and lawyers
  • ◆Internships in law firms, arbitral institutions, international organizations and corporations
  • ◆Coaching and financial support for international moot competitions
  • ◆Completion of a master’s thesis under close professor supervision
  • ◆Extensive support for improving English language skills
  • ◆Idyllic wooded campus in Kobe, Japan


Kobe LL.M. (GMAP in Law) combines coursework in international business law with electives in dispute management, economics, business administration, and business management. Courses address both theoretical and practical aspects of international business.

The program seeks to cultivate well-rounded practitioners able to understand both the law and the practice of international business. Many courses focus on practical skills and include role-plays and interactive exercises that simulate international practice.


Necessary credits
Total: 30 credits
  • Our curriculum policies are:
  • - To foster a basic and sound understanding of law, economics, and management sciences through the Foundation of Social Science Course and interdisciplinary courses of law;
  • - To develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills on legal matters in English through a program taught entirely in English that includes specialist courses in legal English; and
  • - To examine and understand theoretical and practical issues of international business law through the optional courses.


- Admission fee: 282,000 yen [fiscal year 2014]
- First installment of tuition fees: 267,900 yen (yearly amount is 535,800 yen) [fiscal year 2014]
If tuition fees change during the term of enrollment, the applicant will be required to pay the revised fee.


Candidates must submit the following application materials:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal comprising about 1,500 words
  • Certification of English proficiency such as TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Academic transcript(s)

Promising candidates will be interviewed either in person or by videoconference.