The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Chinese Law
An Overview of the LL.M. Program
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Chinese Law is a Graduate Law program offered by Peking University Law School. The language of instruction is English. This program provides international students and legal professionals with an intensive instruction in Chinese law. The duration of the program is 2 years (4 semesters). The first year is full time course-work with class attendance. The second year is set aside for thesis writing and legal practice and internship.
Peking University enjoys a reputation as the pre-eminent university in China.It is known for its long history, rich culture, distinguished alumni, enlightened education policies and exciting campus life. Established in 1904, the Law School has become a leading institution for legal education and a potent force for legal development in China. The Law school frequently partners with the government, with law firms and with the business community in the development of cutting edge legal, social and commercial policy. The Law School also has many international links and partnership programs with leading universities and legal institutions around the world.
With China's rapid economic growth and growing presence on the world stage, knowledge of Chinese law has become an essential resource for international students and legal professionals engaged with China. Peking University Law School has established the LL.M. Program in Chinese Law to address the needs of an international community seeking a comprehensive and systematic understanding of Chinese law from a first-rate legal institution.
Leading faculty members from Peking University Law School will offer Chinese law courses specially designed for international students. Teaching will comprise of both lectures and small-group seminars. Additionally, Peking University regularly attracts top scholars and practitioners in Chinese law and students will have first-hand access to such distinguished presenters.
The course has a focus on Chinese commercial and civil law. In addition, there are optional subjects in non-law areas such as politics, economy and society to facilitate students’ understanding of China's culture.
The LL.M. Program offers valuable internship opportunities to work in the top law firms and other legal institutions in China to help the students to get a better comprehension of the Chinese legal system and its cultural underpinnings. Through the program, students can establish a solid foundation for their career development in China.
This degree is an equivalent of Master of Laws degree offered to Chinese students. No more than 30 students will be admitted into this program in the year 2008. Academic advisors will be assigned to each student for his/her study and thesis. Chinese students in Peking University Law School are also available to offer personal counseling.
Students may matriculate only in the fall semester. They have the option to stay in China or return to their own residence in the second academic year. Students must attend the thesis defense before the end of the 4th semester.