LL.M. Program


The LL.M. (Master of Laws) Program in Chinese Law is a graduate law program offered by the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. The program has a focus on Chinese civil and commercial law and offers foreign law students and legal professionals an excellent opportunity to study Chinese law and legal process and engage in Chinese and comparative law research.

The two-year program is similar to the Master of Laws program offered to Chinese students and contains one year school curriculum and one year independent research and thesis writing. All of the LL.M. courses (see the Curriculum) are taught in English and specifically tailored for international students. The courses will be taught not only by our regular faculty but also experts from public and private practice. An academic advisor will be assigned to each student to supervise his/her research and LL.M. thesis writing. We encourage students to write publishable thesis.

Our Faculty
KoGuan Law School has been ranked among top 10 law schools in the nation. Our faculty is known for their academic excellence as well as commitment to students. Our distinguished faculty and administration have also established strong ties to various governmental departments and agencies, courts, law firms, multinational corporations, and other important institutions in the Shanghai metropolitan area. This guarantees our students a variety of extracurricular offerings on a not-for-credit basis, such as study visits and internship opportunities. The Program will offer you both unique insights in Chinese legal system and exciting practical experience in Shanghai.
Our Students
The LL.M. Program is interested in attracting intellectually curious and thoughtful students from a variety of legal systems and with various career plans. As an intellectually and culturally diverse program, we welcome students from around the world. The diversity of the participants in the LL.M. program will contribute significantly to the educational experience of all our students at KoGuam Law School. International students may forge lifelong friendships with KoGuan law students, faculty and alumni and be a part of a global network of KoGuan Law graduates.
Degree Requirements
Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 coursework credits  (16 compulsory coursework credits) and write a degree thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.
To qualify for the LL.M. degree, students must:
1. Successfully complete at least 30 coursework credits
2. Successfully complete an independent research and write a LL.M. thesis under the supervision of a KoGuan Law faculty member within a year
3. Carry a total of no fewer than 14 coursework credits per semester
4. Spend at least two semesters in residence
For the year of independent research and LL.M. thesis writing, students are not required to stay in Shanghai.  
The LL.M. Program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate course work. For a list of the courses offered for LL.M. students, please see Curriculum in English. Currently, at least  seven courses are offered for each semester subject to the availability of the teaching staff.
Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for admission to the LL.M. Program, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree. We particularly look for applicants with the following qualifications:
1.  Having earned a first law degree (J.D., LL.B. or the equivelent.);
2.  Being enrolled in a law or law-related program;
3.  Being qualified to practice law in a jurisdiction outside Mainland China.
Admissions Policy
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in September (the fall semester). The LL.M. Admissions Committee reviews the whole application package carefully and selects qualified applicants who would best benefit from and contribute to the LL.M. Program. The Committee makes decisions on individual applications as quickly as possible.
In evaluating applications, the Committee takes into consideration factors including but not limited to the following:
1.  Academic work, such as grades, class ranking, scholarly publications;
2.  Letters of recommendation;
3.  Professional and personal accomplishments;
4.  Previous legal experience or careers in law teaching and research, government service, the judiciary, international governmental organizations, NGOs and private practice;
5.  Proficiency in the English language.

Last updated on November 21, 2013

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