In the second semester of the second year, students can write a research paper on a specific policy issue under the guidance of research faculty members who have achieved outstanding research results in the fields of law, political science, economics, and business administration, as well as practitioners who have been active on the front lines of public service in central government, local governments, and international organizations.
In order to write the research paper, students must take the “Research Seminar” course (offered in the second semester), which assists in writing the research paper.
In principle, research papers should be no longer than 20,000 words and are due in late January. The research paper will be presented at the debriefing session held at the beginning of February, and a decision will be made at a faculty meeting. Students who receive a passing grade on the research paper exercise will be awarded six credits.