LLM in International Law
Students are able to pursue their interests in either commercial law or general comparative law by choosing different courses offered by the program.
There are two intakes each year, and students can apply to start in either the Fall Semester (starting in September) or the Spring Semester (starting in February.)
The application deadline is June 20th for the September intake, and January 5th for the February intake.
The program is only open to foreign nationals. Anyone with a formal undergraduate degree as recognized by the Ministry of Education of China is welcome to apply for admission. An undergraduate degree in law is an advantage, but it is not necessary to have previously studied law to do well on the program.
The purpose of the program is to provide advanced and practical knowledge of Chinese law to students and practitioners across the world, who feel more comfortable in using English as a medium of study. To promote further and wider legal exchange and cooperation between CUPL and foreign students and practitioners is also one of the main concerns of the program.
Period of Study:
The period of study is normally 2 years. Students can take the classes in the first year, and the second year is for the dissertation. The dissertation can be completed from any location, so there is no requirement to stay in Beijing for the second year, but it is necessary for students to return to Beijing in order to defend the dissertation in front of a panel when it has been completed. It is also possible for students to spread the courses out over two years if they wish. Students will also have the opportunity to take Chinese Mandarin lessons, and it is also possible to arrange law experience working in Beijing.
Curriculum and Credits Awarded:
An LL.M. candidate must obtain a minimum of 26 credits to fulfill the requirements for the award of the LL.M. in Chinese and Comparative Law (English Mode). Students can obtain credits by attending lectures or seminars and writing research papers as directed by their supervisor. The credits for each course offered by the program are set out as follows:
1) Compulsory subjects (3 credits each, 12 credits in total)
O Introduction to Chinese Law 54 contact hours
O Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law 54 contact hours
O Chinese Contract Law 54 contact hours
O Foreign Investment Law of China 54 contact hours
2) Optional subjects (2 credits each, optional courses offered each term may
be adjusted depending on the availability of lecturers)
O Human Rights in China 36 contact hours
O Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures 36 contact hours
O Civil Law and Civil Procedures 36 contact hours
O Company Law of China 36 contact hours
O Intellectual Property Law of China 36 contact hours
O International Law and Chinese Practices 36 contact hours
O China and Law of WTO 36 contact hours
O Arbitration Law of China 36 contact hours
O Maritime Law of China 36 contact hours
O Securities Law of China 36 contact hours
O Competition Law of China 36 contact hours
O Commercial Laws of Mainland China and
O Hong Kong in Comparison 36 contact hours
Students may obtain credits by writing study reports and research papers. During the course of study, each student must complete at least two study reports and two annual research papers (each carries 1 credit). Students may also attend prescribed public seminars and be accredited for so doing.
The staff in the Overseas Development Office, Faculty of International Law, will provide advice to each candidate on how to organize his or her study plan.
Mode of Teaching:
Intensive teaching on Saturday and Sunday (7 hours/per day) is the major mode of teaching for taught courses. Summer courses may also be available depending on the availability of the lecturer and the demand from students. Students can spend the week studying Chinese, or working / taking work experience.
Mandarin Chinese Lessons:
Students can take Chinese languages classes at the University. The information on the Chinese language programs are here. Students would need to apply separately to the Chinese language program here.
Working while taking the program:
It is acceptable to work full time whilst taking the LLM program, and a number of students do.
Internships and Training:
Legal services in China has been internationalised. There are opportunities for our students to take an internship in a number of law firms in China. The program will provide assistance to our students who wish to have an internship or receive some practical training in law firms in Beijing or other major cities in China. There are opportunities to work in Chinese law firms for those with a working level of Chinese and we are working to develop our relationships with firms for internships in English, or for those with only a limited knowledge of Chinese, although most students organise these themselves before or once they have arrived in Beijing.
Dissertation and Supervision:
An LLM candidate must submit a dissertation of about 30,000 words in length to fulfill the requirements for the LLM degree. Only those candidates who have acquired minimum credits for graduation and defended their LLM dissertations successfully in front of an examination panel of three members are eligible for the award of LLM in Chinese and Comparative Law. An LLM candidate will be assigned a supervisor during the course of his/her study, and the supervisor is responsible for guiding the candidate’s research and dissertation.
The Cost of Study:
The total cost for the award of the LLM in Chinese and Comparative law is RMB 87,000, covering the minimum courses (or equivalent) for 26 credits and an LLM dissertation.
Accommodation and Facilities:
*There are new dormitories available for students. They are shared with two per room with private bathroom. This is at a subsidised rate of 1000 RMB per year. The spaces are not guaranteed and students need to put in a request in order to apply for the accommodation. The program will also help students to make private housing arrangements in a number of places near the University by introducing rental agencies. Please contact us for details.
Internet connection is available on campus. The CUPL library has a small collection of books in English. The program is also building up a small collection of English publications on Chinese law. Access to electronic databases including LexisNexis, Westlaw and Isinolaw (database in English on Chinese law) are available on campus.