Welcome to the Center for Career Services and Professional Development. We look forward to connecting you with our extremely talented students and working with you to meet your recruiting goals. Please contact us if we may assist you in any way.
STL students are selected from the top law school applicants throughout China. They engage in a rigorous and challenging transnational legal education, taught in both English and Mandarin, and graduate with dual degrees in American and Chinese law. They also participate in a variety of programming that prepares them to enter the workplace as skilled professionals.
- On-Campus Interviews
You can meet students on our Shenzhen campus at any time during the year. Contact us to schedule a visit.
- Posting Employment Opportunities
Employers can post position information on STL’s Symplicity Career Management System. Postings should include a brief description, list required application materials and provide application deadline. Your posting will be made available to STL students and alumni and you can directly monitor and receive the applications. We never charge a fee for using our career database. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
- Resume Collection
We offer a resume collection service where, in response to an job posting, you will receive in one packet all application materials from STL students. Please contact us email@example.com to provide information about the position opening, the materials required and the application deadline. Our office will advertise the position to the students, compile all the applications and forward them to you by your preferred deadline. You can then contact any of the students directly to continue the selection process.
- Job Talks
We welcome employers to campus to connect with STL students directly. These events give you an opportunity to educate law students about your particular area of law practice, discuss your work and meet students who attend the presentation. Such events are extremely popular and well attended; they give students a better understanding of legal practice, provide an opportunity for you to increase your visibility with STL students and generate enthusiasm about a particular field of law. Please contact us to schedule an event or to discuss additional ways of interacting with STL students.
- Off-Campus Interviews
STL students participate in job fairs in various parts of the country, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
- Video Conference Interviews
STL’s new law school will provide sophisticated videoconference equipment allowing students to schedule interviews with employers located throughout China and in foreign countries. This allows employers to conduct interviews with students without incurring additional travel expenses and scheduling conflicts.
STL’s Innovative Program of Legal Education
STL 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 four-year 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.
Although STL is still young, with only seven graduating classes to date, it already has captured the attention of the world’s leading law firms, companies, government offices, NGOs and universities. Post-graduate placement of STL graduates is nearly 100 percent. STL graduates now 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, and others; with leading companies such as Huawei Technologies, Tencent, Baidu, Walmart China, Ping An, General Electric, and others; and with 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, CIETAC and others. 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.
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. The 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: serious, reflective study of actual cases accompanied by intensely interactive class sessions in which professors question and challenge students, day after day, about the cases they read. The effect of this method becomes apparent to STL students:
“The study of American 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 just an efficiency matter, but a way to educate yourself. Through professors’ questions, you learn to teach yourself. And through this method of questioning, answering, questioning, answering, they seek to develop in you the ability to analyze … the professors train the mind.”
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 ramp-up effort of new businesses. Students in STL’s Public Interest Advocacy Clinic work remotely via audiovisual connection, but real-time, with experienced public interest lawyers in the United States on major social change initiatives and litigation there.
A comprehensive description of STL’s cutting-edge curriculum is available here.