Japan University Accreditation Association
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Law Schools

Standards Objectives and Characteristics
Evaluation Process Accreditation Mark


The JUAA Law School Standards serve as criteria for JUAA to evaluate and accredit law schools, as well as a guideline for the schools to maintain and improve their quality. The Standards consist of:

1. Mission and Goals, and Educational Objectives
2. Educational Program, Instruction and Outcomes
3. Faculty
4. Student Admissions
5. Student Services
6. Facilities, Equipment, and Library
7. Administrative Staff
8. Administration
9. Self-study, etc.
10. Accountability


Objectives and Characteristics

The JUAA conducts Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for Law Schools to assure and enhance the quality of their academic activities by focusing on:

1) the Mission, Goals and Educational Objectives

The JUAA evaluates the academic activities of each school, shedding light on how each school strives to attain the mission, goals, and educational objectives declared by the school itself.

2) Continuous Improvement

Each accredited law school is required to submit a Progress Report based on the accreditation results, demonstrating improvement on insufficiencies or non-compliances identified in the accreditation evaluation. The JUAA encourages the school to make improvements by providing continuous support through reviewing the Progress Report.

3) Peer Review

The evaluators assigned in the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for Law Schools are mainly law school faculty members who take part in the evaluation as peers.

4) Characteristic Good Practices

The characteristics and excellent activities identified in the process of evaluation are publicized widely as good practices.

Evaluation Process

The accreditation is implemented through the following process:

The applicant-school conducts a self-study based on evaluation items specified by JUAA (①) and submits a Self-study Report. The Law School Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Committee reviews this Report. (②). The Committee sends evaluators to each applicant-school (③). Taking the results of this site-visit into consideration, the Committee drafts the accreditation results and forwards it to the applicant-school for opinions (④). After hearing the opinions of the applicant-school, the Committee formulates the final results of the accreditation, which will be notified to the applicant-school, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and disclosed to the general public(⑤). The accredited law school submits a Progress Report within 2 years after the accreditation concerning issues identified in the accreditation evaluation (⑥). The JUAA reviews the status of reforms and provides feedback to each school(⑦).

Accreditation Mark

The JUAA issues an accreditation mark to each school satisfying the Standards to certify its accredited status
Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Results
Accreditation (University) Accreditation (Junior College)
Accreditation (Law School) Accreditation (Business School)
Accreditation (Public Policy School) Accreditation (School of Public Health)
Accreditation (School of Intellectual Property Studies)
Accreditation (School of Global Communication) Accreditation (School of Digital Contents)
Accreditation (School of Veterinary Medicine)