The Graduate Institute for Legal Sciences (GILS) was founded in 1995 and began to recruit graduate students in the fall 1996. At that time, GILS had two full-time faculty members, Prof. Dr. jur. Chih-Fang Tsai (also acted as the director of the institute), and Associate Prof. Dr. jur. Li-Jen Kuo. Full-time and part-time faculty members have increased gradually since then. In August 2002, Prof. Dr. jur. Li-Jen Kuo became the director of GILS. The department of Law was founded in the fall 2003. Prof. Dr. Jur. Li-Jen Kuo is also the director of this new department. Because of the national need for interdisciplinary person-power, the Graduate Institute of Technology law, which combines legal research and science & technology research, was founded in August 2004. The new institute is also under the leadership of Prof. Dr. jur. Li-Jen Kuo. In 2011, the Graduate Institute of Technology law combined with GILS. Currently, there are 19 full-time professors. The numbers of students in the department and institutes are as follows: 60 college students per year; 48 GILS students per year (including Public Law , Civil and Commercial Law , Criminal Law , and Technology Law .)
VISION AND MISSION
Helping national judicial reform, helping under-graduate students obtain whole knowledge of law, and helping post-gradate students undertake further legal research are remained important parts of the institutes. NCKU being the largest university in the southern part of Taiwan, the institutes will keep serving the surrounding communities by offering best-quality legal education and training.
The institutes have been equipped with abundant teaching and research facilities. As to electronic facilities, there is a computer room opening for students to use, and electronic data bases, including Lexis and other off-internet data bases. As to paper-based research facilities, the university has built up a good library consisting of books, casebooks, legal journals and judicial news-letter.