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Degree and Residency Requirements

General Requirements for Juris Doctor and Juris Master for Students Without LL.B. Degrees

  1. complete 181 credits of required and elective courses, including 119 credits of required J.D. and J.M. courses and 62 credits of elective J.D. and J.M. courses;
  2. complete the PKU thesis requirement/approved Substantial Research Paper (SRP);
  3. be in good academic standing; and
  4. comply with STL residency requirements.

General Requirements for Juris Doctor and Juris Master for Students With LL.B. Degrees

  1. complete 151 credits of required and elective courses, including 72 credits of required J.D. and J.M. courses and 79 credits of elective J.D. and J.M. courses;
  2. complete the PKU thesis requirement/approved Substantial Research Paper (SRP);
  3. be in good academic standing; and
  4. comply with STL residency requirements.

Juris Doctor Degree Requirements for Students With and Without LL.B. Degrees

  1. complete 55 J.D.-qualifying credits of required courses;
  2. complete an approved Substantial Research Paper (SRP);
  3. be in good academic standing; and
  4. comply with STL residency requirements.

Juris Doctor Required Courses

  • Civil Procedure I (3 credits)
  • Civil Procedure II (3 credits)
  • Contract Law I (3 credits)
  • Contract Law II (3 credits)
  • Property I (3 credits)
  • Property II (3 credits)
  • Torts Law (6 credits)
  • Transnational Legal Practice I (3 credits)
  • Transnational Legal Practice II (2 credits)
  • Transnational Legal Practice III (3 credits)
  • Criminal Law I (3 credits)
  • Criminal Law II (3 credits)
  • Business Associations (5 credits)
  • Advanced Transnational Practice: Deal Documentation (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law II (3 credits)
  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits)

Juris Master Required Courses for Students Without LL.B. Degrees (64 credits)

  • Chinese Criminal Law (6 credits)
  • Chinese Civil Law I (6 credits)
  • Chinese Criminal Procedure (5 credits)
  • Chinese Constitutional Law (3 credits)
  • Chinese Civil Law II (6 credits)
  • Chinese Civil Law III (6 credits)
  • Chinese Administrative Law (5 credits)
  • Chinese Civil Procedure (8 credits)
  • Chinese Advanced Legal Research & Writing (6 credits)
  • Chinese Company Law (5 credits)
  • Chinese Administrative Litigation Law (3 credits)
  • Methodology of Marxism and Social Science (1 credit)
  • Theory and Practice of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics (2 credits)
  • English (2 credits)

Juris Master Required Courses for Students with LL.B. Degrees (17 credits)

  • Case Exercises of Civil Law (6 credits)
  • Chinese Advanced Legal Research & Writing (6 credits)
  • Methodology of Marxism and Social Science (1 credit)
  • Theory and Practice of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics (2 credits)
  • English (2 credits)

Minimum and Maximum Credit Limits Per Academic Quarter

To qualify for full-time status in any given quarter, a student must take and complete at least 9 credits. Part-time status is available for J.M. and J.D. students only with the consent of the Office of Academic Affairs.

Residency Requirements

Students without an LL.B. degree must maintain full-time status at STL for at least nine 11-week quarters.

Students with an LL.B. degree must maintain full-time status at STL for at least eight 11-week quarters.

Students may combine one 11-week quarter (Q1, Q2, or Q3) of less than full-time status with a subsequent quarter (either STL’s abbreviated 8-week Fourth Quarter or another 11-week quarter of less than full-time status) to qualify as one full-time quarter toward the Residency Requirement.

Students participating in approved overseas exchange programs will be credited with appropriate equivalent residency credit by the Office of Academic Affairs.