From 1946 to 1993, the College of Law was comprised of the Department of Law as well as ten other departments, including departments of Political Science, Diplomacy, Economics, Sociology, Public Finance, etc. In 1993, in order to recognize and highlight the differences between social sciences and the study of jurisprudence, all departments except for the Department of Law were removed from the College of Law. With the approval from the Ministry of Education, the Department of Law itself became the College of Law.
After undergoing the transformation, in view of the trend of highly specialized studies in legal education and academic curricular activities in German, Japan, and the United States, the College of Law, as a single department of general legal education, set up six specialized research centers including the Center for Civil Law, the Center for Criminal Law, the Center for Public Law, the Center for Economic and Financial Law, the Center for Fundamental Jurisprudence, and the Center for Labor and Social Law to achieve the goals of one department and multiple institutes and research centers. Due to the increasing frequency of academic interaction between Taiwan and China, the College of Law established the Center for China Law Studies in 2003 and a library for the Law of China to exchange publications on law from cross straits.
In order to provide the best learning environment for faculty and students after moving to the brand new Generous Building on main campus in 2000, the College of Law has improved in both hardware and software facilities. In hardware equipment, College of Law has created various research centers, research rooms, law libraries, computer rooms, and also acquired multi-media equipment for teaching and learning purpose. In addition to the hardware facility, the College of Law continues to acquire international legal databases and publications. The College of Law aggressively recruits best scholars to join the academic research team, and invites foreign scholars for short-term academic seminars in order to combine with current resources to become the most significant legal research center nationwide.
Meanwhile, the college continually pursues new opportunities in legal learning, such as curriculum reform and the integration of other academic and professional fields into the study of law. Hopefully, all the students of the College of Law will be able to effectively utilize their legal skills in different professional fields and be able to contribute themselves to society in various ways. The College of Law has continually had close contact with many prominent law schools and scholars around the world including Nagoya University and Hokkaido University in Japan, Kyungpook National University in Korea, and China University of Political Science and Law. The College of Law has established academic cooperation agreement and international academic exchange programs with these prestigious schools to cultivate legal professionals with expanded vision.?
To keep up with the trend of life-long learning and improve the combination among fields of law and other professionals, the Master of Law Program was launched with approval from the Ministry of Education in 2003. Classes A and B respectively offer courses for on-the-job professionals including law majors and non-majors to pursue Master¡¦s Degree of law. Besides fundamental legal education, the College of Law also coordinates seminars and keeps a close cooperative relationship with foreign universities to provide the students with the practical legal aspect of interdisciplinary integration.
Furthermore, in order to meet the demands of an increasingly diversified society as well as to cultivate more professionals of the interdisciplinary integration with legal education, the Institute of Law and Inter-discipline (ILI) was established in 2004, which mainly admits students of non-law majors and is focused on the integration between law and special professional fields. In future curricular planning, the ILI is trying to set up the following programs--¡§Medical Treatment and Law¡¨, ¡§Corporations and Law¡¨, ¡§Engineering and Law¡¨, ¡§Gender and Law¡¨, and ¡§Social Science and Law¡¨, etc. The key objective is to enable the students to be acquainted with the regulations and theories of law. We expect to nurture interdisciplinary law professionals to instill the legal consciousness deep-rootedly in every aspect of our society and expand the vision and the perspective of legal field Taiwan