Message from the Dean
We welcome your interest in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law (“STL”) on PKU’s stunning graduate campus in Shenzhen, China.
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 new graduate campus in Shenzhen, China. STL also offers an LL.M. program for lawyers and students with a first degree in law. Our LL.M. is taught entirely in English by our multinational faculty of expert scholars and practitioners in Chinese and Western law and legal traditions.
STL’s LL.M. program is unique in China and in the world. It combines courses in transnational law, Western and Chinese law and legal traditions, complex transnational business transactions, and dispute resolution. Studying in Shenzhen, with its close proximity to Hong Kong, offers students the opportunity to study in the world’s fastest growing transnational economy and in the only metropolitan area where the world’s great legal systems–Chinese, civil law, common law, Communist traditions–are meeting and merging in ways likely to influence the next century of transborder conduct.
STL graduates are highly sought after for positions with leading domestic and multinational law firms, corporations, and NGOs as well as in government positions. LL.M. graduates will gain knowledge and skills that will equip them for transnational scholarship and practice and to be leaders in 21st century China and their home countries.
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