Japan's Parliamentary Secretary of Justice visits City to discuss legal education
The Parliamentary Secretary of Justice of Japan has visited City to discuss best practice in the provision of professional legal skills. Mr Nobuo Matsuno and a delegation from the Japanese Ministry of Justice met with Professor Susan Nash, Dean of the City Law School. It follows a visit in April by a group from the Japanese Embassy who were exploring ways of enhancing the teaching of professional skills.
Training for the Bar in the UK has a long history, however, law school based professional training was only introduced in Japan eight years ago. Teaching there mainly takes place in lectures but with an emphasis on an interactive style. Professor Stuart Sime, Robert McPeake, Marcus Soanes, Lisa Laurenti and Christopher Lowney explained how professional skills are taught in small groups at The City Law School. There was a detailed discussion about the use of case studies which are developed on a week-by-week basis, as well as the advancement of students' skills through regular practical sessions and feedback from tutors.
Following the visit, Mr Matsuno, a member of the House of Councillors in Japan, commented:
"I admired the tremendous long history and tradition of the City Law School with their well established and respected system. I was impressed with their facilities and the wide range of academic and professional courses available. I really appreciate the time and dedication of the staff who kindly agreed to meet us even on such a busy day as the examination results. All law schools in Japan were only established 8 years ago so we still have a great deal to learn and many issues to be resolved. We aim to modify our system by referring to what we learned from our visits to City Law School".
With 74 law schools in Japan there is a desire to ensure high quality and achieving this effectively is a shared aim in both countries.