Where are you from?
I am from Mongolia.
Where did you graduate from?
I graduated from the Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
-B.A. degree in Jurisprudence, majoring in private international law
LL.M. Waseda University
What do you think about Waseda University/ Waseda LL.M.?
Frankly, I found about the LL.M. program at Waseda accidentally while I was browsing through the internet and looking for a program that would suit my future goals and accelerate my development. When a sudden pop-up showed that Waseda University was about to launch its first LL.M. program in English, I got curious. The more I was researching the more amazed I become. The program would provide me with the up-to-date legal developments in Japan, as well as other parts of the Asia; deepen my expertise in negotiating sensitive challenges among different cultures, in various trade agreements and unions.
How is your life as a student at Waseda?
It has been awhile since my undergraduate studies, and I was considering switching back to studies, but never had a chance to. Inspired by the famous quote “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”, I took a sabbatical leave from my job and took this opportunity/challenge to pursue my graduate degree here. Now I can surely say that I enjoy so much my life as a student, where you can support your previous job experience with theoretical background. Special note to the Waseda campus, which I felt in love from the first sight. It is a huge campus with beautiful buildings, despite the densely populated Tokyo. Its vibe positively energizes you as soon as you walk in the campus gates.
How do you like the LL.M. faculty?
I found out that the faculty has a strong team of professors and scholars, with different academic and experience backgrounds. Specifically, I would like to highlight professor Nakamura, Tamio, who is the leading expert of the European Law in Japan. While attending his classes, I felt his strong passion to his subject and willingness to convey the knowledge to the students. In addition, I would like to mention my supervisor for my research on business, investments and dispute resolution – Professor Oda, Hiroshi. I found him as one of the leading experts in Russian commercial law in Japan, dispute resolutions and international arbitration, with a rich practical and academic background, who is also representing Japan at ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris.
How are you adjusting to life in and around Tokyo?
As a young parent of small baby, I found Tokyo to be one of the most child-friendly cities. There are multiple small but well-established parks in or near Waseda area, where my family often goes to relax. We moved to Tokyo in late March, which was the beginning of the cherry blossom season. I would say that this beautiful scenery of sakura blossoms eased our adjustment to life in Tokyo.
Where do you live?
We rent a small apartment in Waseda area, closer to the Takadanobaba station.
How do you spend your free time?
The School kindly provided us with a lounge room, where we can study or just chill during the classes. I usually spend the lion’s share of my free time there to complete various assignments and homework, or just to have my lunch box obento. I found it very convenient! Also, from time to time, we, our classmates go out for dinner to explore the diversity of restaurants and foods in Tokyo.
Please, write a short message for future LL.M. students!
I strongly recommend applying for the LL.M. Programs, despite your educational and experience backgrounds, who are eager to experience what Japan, and particularly Waseda University has to offer, which among others include, the faculty expertise, welcoming and warm community, kind and supporting school office.
2018 Taishir Tumurbaatar
Thank you, Taishir, for the comment!
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Graduate School of Law, Waseda University