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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 7 No 3 (2005)

Forces Driving and Shaping Legal Training Reform in Japan

Daniel H Foote is Professor at the University of Tokyo School of Law. In addition to serving on various internal law school planning and implementation committees at the University of Tokyo, the author has served on legal education-related advisory committees attached to the Headquarters for Promotion of Justice System Reform (Cabinet-level), the Ministry of Education, the Japanese Association of Law Schools and one of the major law school accreditation bodies. The views expressed in this article represent the personal views of the author.

After canvassing the history of, and rationale for, legal training reform, the article examines the recommendations of the Justice System Reform Council. It then examines some of the forces that led to the reforms; some of the forces that helped shape the reforms; and the major aspects of the reforms themselves. The second half of the article undertakes an initial assessment of the first year of operation of the new system, focusing on the University of Tokyo, and based upon the author's first-hand experience.

(2005) 7 Asian Law 215-40

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