INTRODUCTIONAfter years of preparation, in 2004 Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies started to admit students interested in pursuing collaborative legal education combined with other disciplines. The establishment of the Institute reflects a need to prepare future legal experts capable to respond to the modern legal order and contribute to the betterment of our society.
Legal education in the 21st century faces enormous challenges. In the past, legal education did not provide students with opportunities to study macroeconomics and offered little training in financial and business law. Thus, our institute is aware of the need to reform our education system and to provide greater training for our future law experts who will be prepared to respond to these challenges in the coming future.
As scholars and students of law, we must ask ourselves whether the current legal respond to these emerging challenges and whether the current legal education is sufficient to prepare the next generation of legal experts to face the emerging challenges to law and society. Recognizing the abovementioned developments in legal studies, NTU College of Law established the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, designed to admit students with strong background in other fields to be trained as legal professionals and researchers.
We have a strong belief that all fields of studies including economics, political science, commerce, sociology and philosophy, can be integrated into the studies of law. The College of Law at National Taiwan University has its long tradition of legal research and legal education. National Taiwan University prides itself as being the most prestigious institution of higher learning in Taiwan and offers a comprehensive curriculum in hundreds of fields. Thus, the College of Law has experience and resources needed to facilitate interdisciplinary learning. We hope that the Institute will become the most prominent institution that trains future legal practitioners and scholars with particular focus on technology, sustainable development, human rights protection, constitutionalism, finance, taxation, economics, trade and national development.
COURSESSince 2013 school year, each student has to complete a minimum of 92 credits leading to LL.M degree. 46 credits are compulsory and must be selected from the predesigned curriculum. The required courses include: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law , Civil Code-general Principles, Civil Code-General Provisions of Obligation, Civil Code-Kinds of Obligations , Civil Code-Property , Code of Civil Procedure , Company Code , Criminal Code-General Principles , Criminal Code- Types of Offenses , and Code of Criminal Procedure .
The remaining 46 credits are elective. Students are obliged to take at least 20 credits of the graduate-level seminars(U and M code) offered by the College of Law , including at least 10 credits of M code courses. Students are allowed to take at most 22 credits of the bachelor program at the Department of Law. They can also take courses offered by other graduate institutes up to 6 credits if necessary.
In addition to the required 92 credits, students must complete a master thesis under the supervision of one faculty member.
CAREER AND FURTHERStudents completing an LL.M degree may pursue careers in law (subject to successful bar exam graduation), in addition to the professional knowledge learned in previous degree. Many graduates choose to combine the two degrees and serve as legal consultants.
Some job opportunities include: judge, lawyer, legal consultant, legal assistant in public and private institutes, academic researcher, government official, member of Parliament, member of the Control Yuan, assistant in Legislative Yuan, etc.