October 15, 2014, the presidential election of STL students’ union (STLSU) 2014-2015 was held at C105. Dean McConnaughay, Dean Toomey and members of Students’ Union attended the election. The members of Students’ Union summarized their work in the previous year and expressed their expectation for STLSU. At the end of this conference, every student to exercise their voting right actively, the new leaders of STL-SU produced successfully.
Dean McConnaughay first delivered a speech to comment on the achievement of STLSU in the previous year. Then, Li Hang, president of STLSU, together with the members of STLSU summarized their work in the previous year and expressed their expectation for STLSU. In the previous year, by the regular Dean meetings and information bulletin system, STL successfully build up the effective communication platform within STL community. Students can express their concerns and suggestions, such as lecture guest invitation, academic schedule and career service. During the past year, the Student Union has organized colorful activities to enrich students’ life and to promote friendship, such as New Year’s Party, the Halloween’s Party, and Dean’s Cup basketball competition.
In the last, the four candidates for presidium each gave their campaign speeches and answered questions from audiences. Though the secret ballot, Li Jianwei from 3L was elected as the new president of STLSU. Huang Qingyu and Deng Zhicong are elected as the new vice-presidents. With the great achievement last year, we are looking forward to see the performance of STLSU under the new leadership.
On October 13, 2014, Melissa H. Maxman, a leading litigator with a specialty in antitrust litigation in the United State, gave a lecture on American antitrust law.
Ms. Maxman is currently a member in the firm Cozen O’Conner’s Commercial Litigation Group and the cochair of the Antitrust Practice Group, working in the Washington, D.C., office. In addition to her antitrust practice, she has extensive experience in RICO and environmental law and commercial and criminal litigation. Ms. Maxman has advised domestic corporations on international antitrust issues, including the coordination of compliance with U.S., and foreign antitrust laws by U.S. corporations and their foreign subsidiaries. She has also advised foreign corporations on the application of and compliance with U.S. antitrust laws. She has represented clients in civil and criminal matters before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, in actions before the Federal Trade Commission, and in private civil matters. Ms. Maxman has prosecuted and defended complex litigation, including class actions, involving antitrust, RICO, environmental and intellectual property laws.
In the lecture, Ms. Maxman gave a comprehensive introduction of US antitrust law and shared her experience of being an antitrust litigator in US. Based on her practice, she used vivid examples to explain why an antitrust law is needed, the types of antitrust law violation and its consequences and also her suggestions on antitrust compliance. She introduced the Sherman Act and the related concepts which are essential to understanding of the law.
Ms. Maxman’s observations and advice gave the students an opportunity to expose to this important practice area which is an area of intense attention and growing importance in China. This lecture is one of the series of programs arranged by the Career Services Office to give students an opportunity to learn more about the broad array of career options in law.
On October 10, 2014, the Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) hosted a public lecture on “How to Succeed as an Inside Counsel.” The lecture was presented by Professor Robert Eli Rosen, a professor of Law at the University of Miami. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and the University of California-Berkeley (Ph.D. in Sociology).
During the lecture, Professor Rosen discussed successes and failures in being organizational actors with students and stated that a successful inside counsel is a successful organizational actor.
More than 100 students gathered for the lecture, which ended with an interactive question-and-answer session.
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 four 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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On September 11, 2014, the Peking University School of Transnational (STL) Law hosted a lunch-time lecture on “One Country, Two Systems and the Election of Hong Kong’s Next Chief Executive.” The lecture was presented by STL’s own Jason Buhi, one of the law school’s CV Star Lecturers of Law. Before joining STL, Professor Buhi spent much of last year as a Senior Research Fellow at City University of Hong Kong researching election mechanisms for the 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive election.
A standing room only crowd of more than 100 students and faculty gathered for the lecture, which ended with an interactive question-and-answer session.
As part of STL’s commitment to providing a vibrant and world class educational environment, the law school sponsors a rich array of academic lectures, guest speakers, and other educational events every year.
Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) began the 2015-16 academic year welcoming 90 new students, including 84 J.D. and J.M. students, two LL.M. students (from Panama and South Africa) and four exchange students (from Finland, Germany, Hungary, and the United States). Classes began on August 20.
Dean Philip McConnaughay officially welcomed students to STL during orientation on August 17-19. “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 current STL students and faculty about student life at STL and how to succeed in STL’s cutting edge and academically rigorous English-language J.D. and China law curriculums.
On August 27, the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate Campus held its opening ceremony, which underscored the campus’s commitment to globalization and international standards of education.
On Sep. 11th 2014, Huawei Technology Co., Ltd. came to our school and held campus recruitment for the “Join Huawei, and Pursue a Brilliant Future” recruitment campaign. The Director of Development and Career Services of Peking University School of Transnational Law Zhang Chenli and Assistant Director Liu Nan led students attending this campus recruitment.
During the recruitment process, the Director of Trade Compliance, legal department of Huawei Technology Co., Ltd. Yang Ce gave an introduction of Huawei, including the main business, salary and welfare, training system, and other important aspects of Huawei. Then STL alum Chen Chi, who is the graduate of class of 2013, shared her experience working at Huawei. Later, the Director of Human Resources, legal department of Huawei Technology Co., Ltd. Xiao Guangsheng talked about the advantages of joining Huawei from a nonlegal angle.
Afterwards, students began their 30 minutes’ written examination, and the students who pass the written examination will have their receive interviews to take place on Sep. 13th 2014.
On 4th Sep. 2014, all level 1 new students of Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) attended the first classwide-meeting at the Moot Court.
Head teacher Yang Rui divided all class members into 10 groups and allocated 10 “group parents” to each group. Upper class “group parents” including Jiang Jingzhu, Pei Yiliang, Xia Zhiyi, Zhu Jiefang, Li Mengshi, Li Xiliang, Zhao Li, Liu Yi, Wang Teng, and Liu Jian. They are in charge of answering students’ questions about studying at STL as well as offering help about their campus lives.
On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School held its 2014 Opening Ceremony in the University Town Stadium. As the faculty representative, STL Professor Francis Snyder delivered a speech about the importance of a “Research Project for Life” that exemplifies a combination of healthy living, education, and life-long passion.
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.