Graduate School of Law

The mission of the Graduate School of Law is to develop the next generation of talented legal educators and academics; to develop business persons with sophisticated professional knowledge; and to nurture legal professionals with sophisticated legal knowledge and broad perspectives.

In order to gain entry into a Master’s or Doctoral Program applicants must:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have completed at least 16 years of education.


Find a Supervisor

Graduate and research students conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor. To enter Hokkaido University as a research or graduate student, you need to find a faculty member who is willing to give you instruction on your research. Find a prospective supervisor from our website:

Apply to the Graduate School

Check how to apply on the website of the graduate school you wish to enter.
Applicants must pay the examination fee at the time of application.

Take the entrance examination

Screening procedures for research students are conducted on the basis of documentation submitted whilst screening procedures for graduate level students differ between each school. Please check the website of the school you wish to enter. In the event that you are required to come to Japan for the entrance examination, you will need to obtain a temporary stay visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

Commence enrolment procedures

After passing the screening process, you will be required to submit necessary documentation, pay the entrance fee, and complete other necessary procedures to become enrolled. Once you are issued with a Letter of Acceptance from Hokkaido University, you can apply for a student visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

Tuition Fee ¥535,800 / $5,880 (per year)
Entrance Fee ¥282,000 / $3,100
Examination Fee ¥30,000 / $330

Graduate School of Law MASTER DOCTORAL
Semester Commencement April √ October √ April √ October √

Law and Political Studies Modern Law, Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, Political Studies, Advanced Institute for Law and Politics*
Legal Practice Private Law, Public Law

For more information, visit the Graduate School of Law homepage.

Updated on   April 06, 2017