Message from the Dean
In 2007, the State Council of The People’s Republic of China authorized Peking University, one of the world’s great research universities, to undertake a bold and forward-looking experiment in legal education: the creation of a post-graduate law school offering both a common law Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and a Chinese Juris Master (J.M.) degree. The next year saw the establishment of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law (“STL”) on PKU’s stunning new graduate campus in Shenzhen, China.
Today, the verdict on STL’s cutting-edge program is clear: STL graduates are highly sought after for positions with leading multinational law firms and corporations, leading Chinese law firms and corporations, major SOEs, and leading international NGOs. Top students from around the world compete for admission, and STL’s multinational faculty includes world-renowned scholars from China, the U.S., the E.U., and elsewhere.
The reason for the success of STL graduates and the demand for a PKU STL degree is that the J.D. portion of STL’s program provides students with far more than simply knowledge of the content of different areas of American, U.K. and E.U. law. STL’s J.D. curriculum provides students with the skills that make for great lawyers and great judges and great leaders of any nationality: rigorous analytical thinking, the ability to see all sides of an issue, the ability to solve complex problems creatively, and the ability to persuade. STL students acquire these skills from three years of serious case study during which they are repeatedly challenged, day after day, by the deeply interactive Socratic method of instruction, pursuant to which professors question students intensely about the legal cases and principles they study.
We look forward to welcoming you to the STL community if you feel capable and ready to experience our rigorous program and join this elite group. Importantly, although our educational program is demanding, our community is friendly, with accessible professors and students who value a mutually supportive community.
Philip J. McConnaughay
Dean, Peking University School of Transnational Law
Vice Chancellor, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate Campus