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STL Celebrates the Class of 2018

286A0487On May 19, 2018, the STL community celebrated the seventh Commencement Ceremony of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law (STL).  The ceremony recognized the extraordinary achievement of STL’s 96 J.D./J.M. graduates and 2 LL.M. graduates.

STL Dean Philip McConnaughay began the ceremony with a brief address to the graduates.  “You have successfully completed the world’s only American Law Juris Doctor, China Law Juris Master dual degree program, much of it in English and all of it extremely demanding,” he said.

“All of you are now members of an elite group of lawyers prepared to understand and practice the law of China, the law of the United States, the law of the United Kingdom, the law of the European Union, and whatever laws, rules and practices eventually emerge from the meeting and modification of all of these.  You are true transnational lawyers, and we hope, the kind of ethical lawyers and professionals who will continue to make STL proud,” remarked Dean McConnaughay.

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This year’s commencement was held in the International Conference Center on Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus. During the ceremony, graduates and their families heard from STL’s Founding Dean and current Executive Vice Chancellor of NYU’s Shanghai campus, Jeffrey Lehman; The Honorable Pei Xianding, Chief Judge of The First Circuit Court of The Supreme People’s Court; STL Professor Zhu Daming; and graduating student Yuan Ziyan.

Dean Lehman’s speech included a thoughtful reflection on the importance of persuasion to effective transnational lawyering.  Dean Lehman said,

The reason why I believe it is so important to focus on “persuasion” rather than “argument” is that “persuasion” incorporates a crucial, essentially human quality, the quality of empathy for other people. …

Persuasion means offering your listener, in terms that they can appreciate, a logical path that will carry them from where they are to where you want them to be.  The best transnational lawyers are able to feel empathy for people who are very, very different from them.  People who speak other languages.  People who grew up in different cultures.  They are able to bridge enormous gaps, combining the virtues of two very different cultures and creating very powerful transnational partnerships.  By nurturing within you the transnational lawyer’s ability to persuade effectively, STL has prepared all of you to lead lives of accomplishment and contribution.

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STL Associate Professor Zhu Daming addressed the graduates on behalf of the faculty.  His remarks inspired graduates to use their legal training to create a better world for themselves and for society.  “The purpose for which we chose law, why we kept expanding our knowledge base is not solely that we could become legal professionals or that we could gain great wealth.  As legal practitioners from Peking University School of Transnational Law, I hope you become professionals who always harbor the dream of the rule by law, who always have the courage to shoulder responsibilities, who remain down-to-earth and keen to contribute, and who possess both legal wisdom and ethics,” urged Professor Zhu.

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In his keynote address, Chief Judge Pei offered four principle aspirations for STL graduates: first, aspiring to be a noble and ethical person; second, aspiring to be a legal practitioner who holds firm beliefs and strong convictions; third, aspiring to be worthy of the great promise and opportunities afforded by China’s continued development; and fourth, aspiring to be a human being who contributes to the whole of society.

Judge Pei also lauded STL graduates and the special education they have received.  “STL is an international law school providing a unique global legal education during a period of reform and opening-up, with the geographical advantages of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and a combination of senior professors and outstanding students. … During this promising period with great opportunities, STL graduates, with their strong legal foundations, are thus able to be talents who contribute to society through their dedication to China’s and the world’s peaceful development and progress, ” he said.

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Like the classes before them, the Class of 2018 is pursuing positions in leading multinational and top-tier Chinese law firms (e.g., Fangda, Linklaters, Kirkland & Ellis, Zhong Lun, Hui Zhong, Freshfields, Han Kun, Jun He), the legal departments of leading multinational and Chinese corporations and financial institutions (e.g., Ping An, DJI Drones, Huawei, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, SoftBank in Tokyo), government and judicial agencies (e.g., Hebei Provincial Government, High Court of Tianjin, Shenzhen Government), and SOEs (e.g., China Securities, China Agriculture Bank).  A few graduates have even started their own businesses.

Yuan Ziyan, who provided the address on behalf of the graduates, talked about how her STL education has provided her with more than just legal knowledge.  “For me, being at STL enabled me to realize that the most important thing in my life is possibility.  Studying both U.S. law and Chinese law in STL introduced me to new perspectives and afforded me precious opportunities to meet and talk with great minds from diverse backgrounds. … I learned how important critical thinking is when looking at the world.  I began to discover more possibilities of life, and all of these are valuable gifts STL has give me,” said Yuan Ziyan.

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Congratulations, STL Class of 2018!

STL Commencement Ceremony, May 19

Date of Commencement Exercises:  Saturday, May 19

Time:  10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Venue:  International Conference Center, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School Campus

Congratulations to STL’s Class of 2018!

STL Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Summer Honors Program

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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.

WHEN

July 28 to August 4, 2018 (includes visit to Hong Kong)

WHERE

Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus located in Shenzhen, one of China’s most innovative and attractive cities.

WHO

Enrollment is limited to 100 students who will be divided into sections of 50 each.

WHAT

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).

Application Requirements

  • 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.

Application Procedures

  1. Please apply through the STL SHP online application portal before June 17, 2018.
  2. After applying online, please also send the electronic application materials to the following email: shp@stl.pku.edu.cn. The title of the email should be “SHP Application: Applicant name + College name + College major.”

Application Checklist

  • 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.

Application Deadline

Register for an online application at http://ss.pkusz.edu.cn/stlsmh before June 17, 2018.

Send all application materials via email to shp@stl.pku.edu.cn before the deadline.

SHP Certificates

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 shp@stl.pku.edu.cn.

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