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The STL Difference

Choose STL and change your life.

Here, as part of Peking University, one of the leading universities in China, STL has not only inherited an initiative spirit of pioneering legal education, but also acted as a significant force for PKU’s internationalization. Renowned for its uniqueness of the J.D./J.M. dual degree program, STL provides you with a global horizon and prepares you to be a transnational legal professional.

Every year we have a group of leading students from around the world join STL. They come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, from humanities and social sciences to biology and the technological sphere. Through intensive activities like small seminars, reading groups, competitions, international programs, and independent writing and research opportunities, STL students demonstrate a vibrant and diverse community.

STL’s multinational faculty includes world-renowned scholars from China, the U.S., the E.U., and elsewhere. They bring a range of perspectives to their teaching and research as well as inspire students through exchanges in and outside of the classroom.

STL is not simply giving students insight about different areas of American, U.K., and E.U. law, but provides students with the skills that make for great lawyers and great judges and great leaders of any nationality. We look forward to your experiences in this rigorous journey and be ready to make a difference.

Peking University- Leading Institution of Higher Education

Founded in 1898, Peking University was the first national university covering comprehensive disciplines in China, and has been a leading institution of higher education in China since its establishment. At the end of the 20th century, the Chinese government put Peking University at the top of its agenda for promoting higher education, with the aim to build a world-class university in the 21st Century. Peking University has continually played the essential role of pioneers in the course of China’s modernization. The university’s traditional emphasis on patriotism, progress, democracy, and science, together with its educational standards of diligence, precision, factualism, and innovation, have been passed down from generation to generation.

Shenzhen–A Dynamic City

STL is located in Shenzhen, renowned as China’s “Silicon Valley” and one of the world’s leading centers of innovation and finance. Shenzhen is a coastal city in South China. It is located on the eastern bank of the Pearl River, neighboring Hong Kong. Shenzhen has been a touchstone for China’s reform and opening-up policy.

From 1979 to 2018, Shenzhen has skyrocketed from a tiny border town with a population of more than 30,000 to a metropolis with a population of more than 10 million. It has become a prosperous, chic, innovative, harmonious and beautiful city and established many firsts in the history of world industrialization, urbanization and modernization.

The Economist marveled at the “Miracle of Shenzhen,” saying China’s most extraordinary practice since its reform and opening up 40 years ago is the establishment of special economic zones and calling Shenzhen the biggest success of more than 4,000 SEZs in the world.

As one of the most important international cities in China, Shenzhen is one of the most economically dynamic cities in the world. The city is the high-tech and manufacturing hub of southern China as well as a State-level innovative city.

Shenzhen is the best example of China’s historic leap from “getting on its feet” to “becoming prosperous.” Its GDP has grown from 197 million yuan in 1979 to 2.24 trillion yuan in 2017, ranking only after Beijing and Shanghai, equaling Hong Kong and is among the top 30 cities in the world.

Shenzhen is home to seven Fortune Global 500 companies — Huawei, China Merchants Group, Ping An Group, Tencent, Vanke, Amer International Group and Evergrande. It has attracted more than 200 of Fortune 500 companies to invest here.

Shenzhen offers best public cultural services, hosts cultural exhibitions and performances regularly and enjoys a beautiful environment. It has nearly 1,000 parks. The enviable “Shenzhen Blue Sky” and its developed volunteer culture have made Shenzhen a paradise for entrepreneurs and makers from all over the world. It has been called as “a city without winter” and won the title of “2017 Amazing China — The 10 Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Foreigners.”