Law in China

Law in China
Experience the study of Chinese law on-campus at the prestigious Peking University in Beijing.
Beijing, China
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Student-Initiated Program
  • 5 hours of transferable ABA-approved credit
  • Comprehensive survey of Chinese law and political and legal institutions
  • Lodging in the PKU-operated Zhongguanyuan Global Village near campus
  • Field trips to a local district trial court and the Supreme Court of the People's Republic of China
Program Summary: 

The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and Peking University Law School, in cooperation with Lewis & Clark Law School and the University of Kansas School of Law are pleased to present this program.

Experience the study of Chinese law on-campus at the prestigious Peking University in Beijing. As the People's Republic of China emerges from decades of isolation, the faculty and students of this premiere educational institution are leading participants in the new era of "openness." In many instances the Chinese are writing on a new slate, without the baggage of years of common law development. This program offers an unequaled opportunity to observe, from the inside, how China is restructuring its legal, economic and social systems at the dawn of the 21st century.

2019 Program
May 18 - June 9

Coursework begins Monday morning, May 20, 2019 and concludes with the final examination on Saturday, June 8. Plan to depart the US on Saturday, May 18 (or earlier) to arrive in Beijing by mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 19 in time for the opening banquet and orientation. Departure from Beijing for return to the US should be scheduled for Sunday, June 9.

To learn more about the program, visit UMKC School of Law's webpage. Contact Tiffany Hester,, in Study Abroad & Global Engagement, for information about the KU application process, or click the application button on this webpage.

Academic Information: 

Receive 5 hours of ABA-approved credit (LAW 994 Special Topics). The curriculum features lectures and discussions primarily in the morning coupled with field trips to legal institutions and tours to cultural and historic sites in the afternoons. Classes and field trips require mandatory attendance, as they are part of the academic program. The academic program is a single broad survey of Chinese Law and is expected to include the following classes:

  • History and Political System of China
  • Chinese Criminal Law
  • The Sino-American Relationship/China vs. Ameria: Security and Trade
  • Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence
  • Introduction to the Legal System of the People's Republic of China
  • Chinese Contract Law
  • Chinese Constitutional Law
  • General Introduction of the Intellectual Property Laws of China
  • Introduction to Chinese Laws on Business Organizations
  • Chinese Labor and Employment Law
  • Securities Markets and Regulations in China
  • Law, Rules and Practice of China's Arbitration
  • Chinese Real Estate Law
  • China's Foreign Investment Law and Practice

There will be a written exam at the end of the course. The UMKC course director will grade each exam alphanumerically. A strict attendance and tardiness policy is enforced. Noncompliance with the attendance policy may result in a reduced grade or failure. In addition, all students will submit a comparative law paper to the Program Coordinator no later than July 1, 2019.


Accommodations are at the Peking University-operated Zhongguanyuan Global Village Hotel complex, located near campus. Built in 2008 and designed specifically as lodging for western students and visiting scholars, Zhongguanyuan units have “en suite” bathroom facilities, in-room wired internet access and are air-conditioned. Housing will be double-occupancy. A limited number of single occupancy rooms may be arranged for a supplemental price on a space-available basis; please contact the program administrator in advance regarding availability.

Program activities will be centered on the Beida campus. Classes will be conducted in the Yingjie Exchange Center on the PKU campus, within easy walking distance of the hotel.


Registration is open to KU Law students in good academic standing who will have completed at least one full year of law school study by the program start date. Current law students must submit a letter from their Dean or Registrar certifying good academic standing.

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