The Meiji University was established in 1881 as the Meiji Law School by a group of young lawyers barely in their 30's: Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi, and Misao Yashiro. It was an era characterized by Japan's urgent need to independent as a modern nation. The three founded the Meiji Law School from their fervent hope to "foster bright capable youths who will lead the modern civil society of Japan".
Although confronted with countless obstacles and hardships along the way, Meiji University was born as a site for learning and education. Continuing its growth without ever ceasing to ring the chimes of liberty, Meiji University has expanded as one of the prominent private universities of Japan, celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2001. With Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-government as its guiding principles, Meiji University is committed to fostering human resources who satisfy the requirements "austerity and sturdiness", "creation of new intellect" and "needs of the times". Turning out more than 400,000 graduates into the world to date, it has contributed vastly to the progress of society. The achievements of the university's numerous alumni actively engaged in key roles in various walks of life are highly reputed.
Meiji University solidly ranks among the best universities in Japan, currently consisting of 9 schools, the School of Law, School of Commerce, School of Political Science and Economics, School of Arts and Letters, School of Science and Technology, School of Agriculture, School of Business Administration, School of Information and Communication, and School of Global Japanese Studies; the Graduate School, made up of 9 departments, the Department of Law, Department of Commerce, Department of Arts and Letters, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Department of Business Administration, Department of Information and Communication, and Department of Humanities; independent schools in various disciplines, School of Legal Studies (Department of Law, Graduate School), School of Global Business (Business School), School of Professional Accountancy (Graduate School of Professional Accountancy), and the School of Governance Studies (Department of Political Science and Economics); and the Meiji University Junior High School and Meiji University High School.