Professor Norman P. Ho was the invited presenter for the November 25, 2015 session of the Legal and Constitutional History Colloquium at New York University (NYU) School of Law, where he presented his paper, “The Legal Thought of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.” The Legal and Constitutional History Colloquium, co-convened by Professors William E. Nelson and John P. Reid, is the oldest of NYU Law’s various colloquia, which are generally organized as weekly workshops/seminars where speakers from around the U.S. and the world are invited to present papers and works in progress. Invited presenters in the Legal and Constitutional History Colloquium in the Fall 2015 semester have included legal historians Morton Horwitz (Harvard Law School), Sir John Baker (Cambridge), and Sarah B. Gordon (University of Pennsylvania).
Professor Ho is a scholar of Chinese legal history (from Chinese antiquity up to the 12th century A.D.), legal philosophy, Chinese law, and comparative corporate law.
Professor Norman P. Ho with NYU Law Professor William E. Nelson, co-organizer of the prestigious NYU Legal and Constitutional History Colloquium
Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), on PKU’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus, is the only law school in the world that combines an American-style Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) with a China law Juris Master degree (J.M.). STL provides an academically rigorous, bilingual program of legal education that prepares students for the mixture of Common Law, civil law, and Chinese legal traditions increasingly characteristic of the global economy.
We invite you to experience STL’s cutting-edge program by joining our 2018 Summer Honors Program (SHP). At SHP, you will be:
- Challenged in dynamic classroom discussions with STL’s leading multinational faculty and an elite group of fellow students with whom you will develop lifelong memories;
- Introduced to an entirely different way of thinking by STL’s unique method of instruction—the Socratic Method;
- Inspired by the exciting and diverse career paths of STL graduates and motivated by the drive and achievements of STL students and faculty;
- Empowered by the confidence you will develop as a result of expanding your cross-cultural awareness and understanding; and
- Welcomed by STL’s warm and open community.
July 28 to August 4, 2018 (includes visit to Hong Kong)
Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus located in Shenzhen, one of China’s most innovative and attractive cities.
Enrollment is limited to 100 students who will be divided into sections of 50 each.
A detailed schedule will be forthcoming. Past SHP activities have included interactive J.D. and J.M. classes taught in English and Chinese by STL’s distinguished multinational faculty; moot court competitions; discussion sessions with current STL students and STL graduates; and visits to leading Shenzhen-based companies (e.g., Huawei; Vanke Industries) and important government and judicial offices (e.g., Hong Kong High Court; Legislative Council).
- Junior students from key universities in China (mostly universities among the 985 or 211 project); academic performance at a level recognized for distinction is expected;
- Students from HK, Macau, Taiwan and abroad are welcome; non-Chinese citizen applicants must have a valid passport;
- High English proficiency assessed through TOFEL, IELTS, GRE, CET 4/6, TEM 4/8, or similar English-language tests;
- All undergraduate majors welcome.
- Please apply through the STL SHP online application portal before June 17, 2018.
- After applying online, please also send the electronic application materials to the following email: email@example.com. The title of the email should be “SHP Application: Applicant name + College name + College major.”
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
- Personal Statement;
- Academic Records: Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, and official degree certificates (original or notarized documents with English translations if documents are not in English).
- A copy of evidence of English Proficiency, or holds satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score;
- Non-Chinese citizen applicants should submit a copy of evidence of Chinese Proficiency or a sample of written work in Chinese;
- A copy of passport or identification card.
Tuition and Scholarships
Tuition is 3000 RMB, which includes accommodation, insurance and Hong Kong visit expenses.
SHP students who enroll in STL’s full-time J.D./J.M. program in AY2019-20 will be awarded an “SHP Scholarship” of 3000 RMB during their first year.
Register for an online application at http://ss.pkusz.edu.cn/stlsmh before June 17, 2018.
Send all application materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline.
At the conclusion of SHP, students will be presented with a personalized “Certificate of Completion” from STL recognizing their successful participation in SHP. SHP students wishing to apply to STL’s J.D./J.M. program for admission in 2019 will be asked to submit a personal essay following the conclusion of SHP. The essay will be afforded substantial weight in STL’s admissions process.
For further information, please visit STL’s web site: http://stl.pku.edu.cn, or contact the Summer Honors Program Office at email@example.com.
Information Page for International Students
2017 Admission Program Introduction (2017年招生简章)
PKU Exempt Admissions Notice (2017年接收推荐免试研究生说明)
Exam Students Registration Handbook (全国法硕联考报考指南)
Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”), on PKU’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus, is the only law school in the world that combines an American-style Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) with a China law Juris Master degree (J.M.), thereby preparing students for the mixture of common law, civil law, and Chinese legal traditions increasingly characteristic of the global economy. The law school’s resident faculty includes scholars from the U.S., China and the EU whose previous and concurrent appointments include such esteemed law faculties as those of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, the University of Chicago, University College London, University Aix-Marseille, and Hong Kong University, among others.
The fundamental mission of STL is to (i) educate top Chinese university graduates about different legal traditions and systems and thereby promote their ability to contend with the new policies and practices likely to emerge from the East-West integration under way in Southeastern China; (ii) contribute to the creation of a Chinese legal profession equipped to serve China’s increasingly sophisticated domestic economy and to compete successfully on an international scale with dominant American and British law firms; and (iii) provide domestically an affordable, graduate-level legal education top Chinese students traditionally have only been able to obtain abroad at great expense. As one of STL’s students recently exclaimed, “Studying at STL is like studying abroad in China!”
The PRC State Council authorized Peking University’s creation of China’s first common law Juris Doctor curriculum in 2007. The following year, STL admitted the first students into its combined J.D./J.M. curriculum. The University appointed Jeffrey Lehman, a former president of Cornell University and dean of the University of Michigan Law School, as STL’s Founding Dean. Lehman left STL in 2013 when he was appointed Founding Vice Chancellor of New York University’s new Shanghai campus. His successor is Philip McConnaughay, the Founding Dean of Penn State University’s Schools of Law and International Affairs, a former professor of law at the University of Illinois, and a former partner of the leading international law firm, Morrison & Foerster.
STL’s students are among the best and brightest in China. In order to be eligible for admission to STL, PRC students must either earn exemption from China’s national graduate school entrance exam by virtue of being one of the top-few graduates of one of China’s top-tier universities, or meet or exceed STL’s cut score on the national graduate school entrance exam, which is a slightly lower cut score than PKU University-Beijing because STL also requires in-person English-language interviews of applicants and administers a special STL-LSAT exam, which STL has found to be highly predictive of law school success. However, in order to take advantage of STL’s slightly lower cut score, you must designate STL as your first choice law school.
In addition, STL welcomes applications from foreign students and students from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.
Although STL is still young, with only five graduating classes to date, it already has captured the attention of the world’s leading law firms, companies, government offices, and universities. Post-graduate placement of STL graduates is nearly 100 percent. STL alumni work with leading law firms such as Fangda Partners, King & Wood Mallesons, Junhe, Kirkland & Ellis, Shearman & Sterling, Paul Weiss, Simpson Thatcher, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, DLA Piper, Morrison & Foerster ; leading companies such as Ping An, Huawei Technologies, Tencent, Baidu, Walmart China, General Electric; and leading government offices and nonprofit organizations such as the Qianhai Equity Exchange, the Supreme People’s Court, the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and CIETAC. STL graduates pursuing academic careers have been accepted into advanced degree programs at such elite universities as Harvard, Yale, Science Po, College of Europe, and others. Click here for a full placement report that includes salary, job type, and employer location information.
These employers and universities recognize that the true value of STL’s J.D. and J.M. degrees includes far more than simply educating students about the content of different areas of Chinese and American law. Their true value lies in imparting the skills that make for great lawyers, jurists and 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 because of STL’s unique method of instruction through serious, reflective study of actual cases accompanied by intensely interactive class sessions in which professors question and challenge students. The benefit of this method quickly becomes apparent to STL students:
“The study of … law is something new and unfamiliar to me, unlike any schooling I’ve ever been through before. The professors use the Socratic method here; they call on you, ask you a question, and you answer it. At first, I thought it was inefficient – why didn’t they just give a lecture? But I soon learned that it was not a matter of efficiency, but a way to educate yourself. Through professors’ questions you learn to teach yourself. And through this method of question and answer, (question and answer), they seek to develop in you the ability to analyze. … The professors train the mind.”
“The most attractive part of STL for me is [the] teaching method, which is concentrated on motivated thinking instead of force-feeding information. … Professors will not say yes or no to any answer; they ask students to think in wider and deeper ways.”
“[T]he Socratic Method … left me with the deepest impression. I got a better understanding of the differences between STL and traditional Chinese law schools – initiative [and] critical thinking are greatly emphasized at STL. Although it is true that the four years of learning at STL are challenging and demanding, [I have learned] that studying law can be interesting and thrilling.”
STL’s four-year, dual degree J.D./J.M. curriculum offers a first-year curriculum of core American J.D. courses, supplemented by a Transnational Law survey course that introduces students to each of the world’s principal regulatory and dispute resolution jurisdictions. Students also enroll in a writing course specially designed with the help of linguistics scholars to aid non-native English speakers in the study of American law.
The second-year curriculum is weighted in favor of Chinese law Juris Master courses. J.D. and comparative courses are included as well to help maintain students’ English proficiency.
STL’s third and fourth year curriculums increasingly blend Chinese and American law topics with perspectives from the European Union and elsewhere to create a truly transnational program of legal education.
Increasingly, STL’s curriculum also offers supervised real-world practice experience. Students in STL’s new Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic, for example, will advise emerging Shenzhen businesses on the wide range of business, intellectual property, and other regulatory and personal issues that typically accompany the start-up of new businesses. Students in STL’s Public Interest Advocacy Clinic work remotely via audiovisual connection with experienced public interest lawyers in the United States on major American social change initiatives and litigation.
STL’s unique program of legal education and method of instruction are quickly becoming models for law schools throughout China and throughout the world. STL is becoming known as “China’s Most Innovative Law School in China’s Most Innovative City.”
The achievements of STL students are already gaining attention worldwide. In 2013, STL’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team was the Chinese National Champion. STL’s 2014 and 2015 Vis International Arbitration Moot Teams were Chinese National Champions as well, winning all expense paid trips to the Vis International competition in Vienna, Austria. STL students established and now edit the Peking University Transnational Law Review, an English language journal with worldwide readership. In 2014, STL students established China’s first Public Interest Law Foundation, commonly known as “PILF.”
Upon graduation, STL students are prepared for the practice of Chinese, American, UK, and EU law, as well as for the new traditions and practices certain to emerge from the continued globalization of legal practices. STL graduates are bound for leadership, and their impact on China and the world is certain to be significant.
If you are ready to experience STL’s challenging and rewarding J.D./J.M. program in China’s most innovative city, we look forward to your application.
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Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) began the 2016-17 academic year welcoming 99 new students, including 90 J.D. and J.M. students, four LL.M. students (from Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru and Ethiopia) and five exchange students (from Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the United States). The new J.D./J.M. class includes students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and Canada.
Dean Philip McConnaughay officially welcomed students to STL during orientation on August 14-16. “Your time at STL will provide you with a deep understanding of the law of China, America, and the EU, and with the superior analytical and advocacy skills essential to cross-cultural and transnational exchange. This is why STL graduates are in such high demand by China’s and the world’s leading law firms, government agencies, NGOs and companies. This also is why STL graduates are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Dean McConnaughay in his welcome to new students.
The orientation program included discussions with faculty and upper-level students about academic and student life at STL and how to succeed in STL’s cutting edge and academically rigorous English-language J.D. and China law curriculums. Students also participated in small group case briefing exercises designed to help them analyze a judicial opinion, which is essential for success in STL’s interactive case study method of teaching.
On August 25 and 26, the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate Campus (PKUSZ) will hold its opening ceremony for all new graduate students. This year’s program will focus on team-building and leadership development, as well as on the campus’s efforts to deepen multidisciplinary relationships among the eight schools on PKU’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus: School of Electronic and Computer Engineering, School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology, School of Environment and Energy, School of Urban Planning and Design, School of Advanced Materials, HSBS Business School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Transnational Law.