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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Friday, October 10, 2014
4:30pm – 6:00pm
C303, PKU Shenzhen
Professor Robert E. Rosen will lecture on “How to Succeed as an Inside Counsel.” In this lecture Professor Rosen will talk about how in order to rise in the ranks as an inside counsel, one must have more abilities than knowing how to learn the law and that business acumen and abilities to exercise power are also needed. He will also discuss how successful inside counsel is a successful organizational actor.
Robert E. Rosen, Professor of Law, earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1974, an M.A. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. Since joining the Miami faculty, he has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Fellow in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University. In addition to teaching, he is a consultant to law firms and legal departments.
Peking University School of Transnational Law(STL) is still young, with only three graduating classes to date, but it already has captured the attention of the world’s leading law firms, companies, government offices and universities. Leading Chinese and multinational law firms that employ STL graduates include Fangda Partners, King & Wood Mallesons, Junhe, Kirkland & Ellis, Shearman & Sterling, Paul Weiss, Simpson Thatcher, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, DLA Piper, Morrison & Foerster, and others. Leading Chinese and multinational companies that employ STL graduates include Huawei Technologies, Tencent, Baidu, Walmart China, China National Development Bank, PWC Shenzhen, General Electric, and others. Leading government offices, nonprofits and NGOs that employ STL graduates include 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 several of the world’s most elite universities, including Harvard, Yale, Science Po, College of Europe and others. Post-graduate placement of STL graduates is nearly 100 percent and their trajectory for leadership is strong.
The 2015 Roadshow in Peking University, Beijing will be held on September 24, 2014. We will talk about the admissions policy and school’s development and welcome everyone to join in.
8:45-9:00 周珏 Zhou Jue
9:00-9:15 谢莹 Xie Ying
9:15-9:30 安然 An Ran
9:30-9:45 刘爽 Liu Shuang
9:45-10:00 郭小瑜 Guo Xiaoyu
10:00-10:15 王凤阳 Wang Fengyang
10:15-10:30 龚倩雯 Gong Qianwen
10:30-10:45 杜佳音 Du Jiayin
10:45-11:00 何熊 He Xiong
11:00-11:15 谢小帆 Xie Xiaofan
11:15-11:30 张嘉玥 Zhang Jiayue
11:30-11:45 蔡金兰 Cai Jinlan
11:45-12:00 钟欣悦 Zhong Xinyue
13:30-13:45 顾元君 GU Yuanjun
13:45-14:00 江奇睿 Jiang QiRui
14:00-14:15 邓勤宁 Deng Qinning
14:15-14:30 严欢 Yan Huan
14:30-14:45 孙博轩 Sun Boxuan
14:45-15:00 沈琳 Shen Lin
15:00-15:15 王蔚 Wang Wei
15:15-15:30 于逸婷 Yu Yiting
15:30-15:45 杨婉仪 Yang Wanyi
15:45-16:00 周崇武 Zhou Chongwu
16:00-16:15 柏卓辰 Bai Zhuochen
16:15-16:30 张婧 Zhang Jing
16:30-16:45 孟凡龙 Meng Fanlong
16:45-17:00 司马慧 Si Mahui
17:00-17:15 晏菲 Yan Fei
17:15-17:30 范鹏程 Fan Pengcheng
17:30-17:45 蓝文婷 Lan Wenting
8:45-9:00 许朝军 Xu Chaojun
9:00-9:15 张茜娅 Zhang Xiya
9:15-9:30 余瑞华 Yu Ruihua
9:30-9:45 方黎 Fang Li
9:45-10:00 吴汶林 Wu Wenlin
10:00-10:15 陈乐斯 Chen Lesi
10:15-10:30 付汶卉 Fu Wenhui
10:30-10:45 李卓尔 Li Zhuoer
10:45-11:00 孙佳明 Sun Jiaming
11:00-11:15 卢国彬 Lu Guobin
11:15-11:30 陈佳静 Chen Jiajing
2015年招生总人数的50%-80%，含法律硕士&J.D. (非法学)和法律硕士&J.D. (法学)，其中从2014年开始法律硕士&J.D. (法学)培养为3年。（招生总人数见招生简章通知）
2014年9月18日前，申请者将填好的全部申请材料（统一使用A4纸）装入自备的信封，直接寄（送）达至 深圳市南山区西丽大学城北大校区B103招生办公室 张老师 邮编：518055（以材料送达的时间为准，不以邮戳为准）；北大本部的同学可于9月17日前将材料直接送到北京大学本部红三楼3112房间。申请材料中，正式成绩单以及具有母校推荐免试资格的证明信（如确有困难）可延至2014年10月上旬补交。全部申请材料一经收到，恕不退还。
学费标准为每学年6万元人民币，法律硕士&J.D. (非法学)四年和法律硕士&J.D. (法学)三年。
地址：深圳市南山区西丽大学城北京大学深圳研究生院B栋103 室 张老师
网址: http://stl.pku.edu.cn/ http://www.pkusz.edu.cn/
E-mail: admission@ stl.pku.edu.cn
Welcome to STL!
Below is a quick overview of scheduled Orientation Events.
You can find a more detailed agenda here.
Please note that attendance in all Orientation Events is Mandatory.
Good luck and we wish you all the best for the upcoming year!
|19:00-21:00, April 15
|19:00-21:00, April 17
|19:00-21:00, April 18
|19:00-21:00, April 23
||Sun Yat-sen University中山大学大学城校区法学院楼一楼A113
|19:00-21:00, May 27
|19:00-21:00, May 28
||Southwest University of Political Science & Law西南政法大学(取消)
|19:00-21:00, May 29
||Xi’an Jiaotong University西安交通大学东校区 主楼A105
|19:00-21:00, May 30
*Note: This agenda will continuously be updated. Please check it often for more cities and dates.
The STL Public Interest Auction is an annual fundraiser to support various public interest law events and Summer Internship Grants at Peking University School of Transnational Law. The Summer Internship Grants helps subsidize STL students who choose to devote their summers to public interest work. Money is raised through ticket sales and through winning bids on the auction items available.
The auction is a tremendous undertaking that takes place with generous support from the School of Transnational Law’s administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, local and regional businesses, the PILF board and the greater Peking University community.
STL’s First Annual Public Interest Auction
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Moot Court Room, Building B
Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
Silent auction begins at 7 p.m.
Live auction begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets include open bar and buffet.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
4:30pm – 6:00pm
C303, PKU Shenzhen
D. Brooks Smith has been a federal judge for more than 25 years. He serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, having been appointed to that court in September of 2002. Prior to his elevation to the Third Circuit, Judge Smith was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He joined the District Court in November of 1988, and in his first years of service, supervised the opening of both a temporary court facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the permanent District Court quarters that are in use today. Judge Smith was the managing partner in the law firm of Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier, Halpern and Smith in Altoona, Pennsylvania in the early 1980s. He served as District Attorney of Blair County, Pennsylvania from 1983-84, and later became a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of that County. Judge Smith is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at Penn State Law where he teaches a course on class actions, and was named an Alumni Fellow in 2011. He has served as a trustee of both Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and Mount Aloysius College. Mount Aloysius conferred an honorary doctorate upon Judge Smith in 2012.
A specialist in private international law, Professor Jack Coe’s training includes advanced studies in Europe. He received his LL.M. at Exeter, where he was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow, and holds the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Allison at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, the Hague, and now consults with governments and multinational corporations in relation to commercial and direct investment disputes under the NAFTA and Bilateral Investment Treaties. Professor Coe, a regular speaker in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, has helped organize numerous conferences and programs related to international dispute resolution. He has taught in international programs for Notre Dame and University of San Diego Law Schools. He has authored numerous articles on arbitration, private international law, and related topics and authored the books Protecting Against the Expropriation Risk in Investing Abroad (co-authored with R.C. Allison) (1993), International Commercial Arbitration-American Principles and Practice in a Global Context (1997), and NAFTA Chapter 11 Reports (ed., with Brower and Dodge) (2006). Professor Coe is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an associate reporter for the Restatement (Third) on the Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is admitted to practice in California and Washington. He has been chair of the Disputes Division of the ABA International Law Section, and chairs the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Professor Coe has argued international arbitral claims under NAFTA, and has for several years been admitted to the panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA).