China Law Summer Program

The Chinese Law Summer Program, hosted by Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing and fully accredited by the ABA, offers a four-week, five-credit option or a two-week, two-credit summer study. 

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law coordinates the program in partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Law, Boston College Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Program overview

The China Law Summer program provides an overview of the Chinese legal system and focuses on the evolution of Chinese domestic law within the country’s socialist market economy. Students gain insight into areas of law of contemporary importance, such as labor law and environmental law.

Location

Renmin University of China Law School, generally recognized as China’s premier law school. Classes are taught in English by Chinese faculty who are experts in their fields.

Classes meet in the mornings, which leaves the afternoons and weekends free for study or exploring the city. In addition to classroom instruction, students will visit several government offices and agencies, such as the Supreme People’s Court or the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, a Basic People’s Court, an international arbitration agency, and a major Chinese law firm. The program also includes trips to major cultural attractions in and around Beijing, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. Transportation to field trip sites and cost of admission are included in the program fee.

Applications are due by March 1. For more information, contact Professor Greg Stein at gstein@utk.edu 

Program Benefits

  • Live on campus
  • Summer students come from all over the United States and from other nations
  • Opportunities for internships at Chinese law firms at the end of the program
  • Opportunities to present at an international forum during the session
  • Opportunities for Mandarin language instruction
  • Numerous cultural and sightseeing activities
  • Very moderate cost

What our students are saying

This experience was a great opportunity in giving me the tools to understand international law as well as how U.S. Law plays into China and the global arena. If you are considering going to China, get involved with this program. It was the absolute greatest.
Sophia Kostas
Class of 2020
It allowed me to see the law in a completely different light. Laws in China can be different than in the US in stark ways, so I was able to see both sides and how it's actually been implemented. Plus, the cultural experience was huge for me.
Sallie Papajohn
Class of 2020