The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Chinese Law

NOV . 11 2008

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Chinese Law


An Overview of the LL.M. Program


The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in Chinese Law is a Graduate Law program offered by Peking University Law School. It has a focus on Chinese Civil and Commercial Law and the language of instruction is English.


Peking University is a pre-eminent university in China, being well-known for her long history, rich culture, distinguished alumni, enlightened education policies and exciting campus life. Established in 1904, her Law School has become a leading institution for legal education and a potent force for legal development in China. The Law school frequently partners with the government, with law firms and with the business community in the development of cutting edge legal, social and commercial policy. The Law School also has many international links and partnership programs with leading universities and legal institutions around the world.


With China's rapid economic growth and growing presence on the world stage, the knowledge of Chinese law has become an essential resource for international students and legal professionals engaged with China. Peking University Law School has established the LL.M. Program in Chinese Law to address the needs of an international community seeking a comprehensive and systematic understanding of Chinese law from a first-rate legal institution.


This program provides an intensive instruction in Chinese law. Leading faculty members will offer Chinese law courses specially designed for international students. Teaching will comprise of both lectures and small-group seminars. Additionally, Peking University regularly attracts top scholars and practitioners in Chinese law and students will have first-hand access to such distinguished presenters. There are also optional subjects in non-law areas such as politics, economy and society to facilitate students’ understanding of China's culture.


The LL.M. Program offers valuable internship opportunities to work in the top law firms and other legal institutions in China to help the students to get a better comprehension of the Chinese legal system and its cultural underpinnings. Through the program, students can establish a solid foundation for their career development in China.


The duration of the program is 2 years (4 semesters). The first year is full time course-work with class attendance. The second year is set aside for thesis writing, legal practice and internship. Students are required to enrol in a minimum of 36 credits and write a master’s thesis. They have the option to stay in China or return to their own residence in the second academic year, but they must attend the thesis defence before the end of the 4th semester.


This degree is an equivalent of Master of Laws degree offered to Chinese students. No more than 30 students will be admitted into this program in the year    .

Academic advisors will be assigned to each student for his/her study and thesis. Chinese students in Peking University Law School are also available to offer personal counselling.

Course List


Chinese Civil Law                                         (Credit Unit: 3)

Chinese Contract Law                                      (Credit Unit: 2)

Chinese Company Law                                     (Credit Unit: 3)

Chinese Economic Law                                    (Credit Unit: 3)

Chinese Foreign Investment Law                             (Credit Unit: 3)

Chinese Intellectual Property Law                            (Credit Unit: 3)

Resolution of Civil and Commercial Disputes in China            (Credit Unit: 3)


Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law                 (Credit Unit: 3)

Chinese Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure                  (Credit Unit: 3)

Chinese Judicial System                                     (Credit Unit: 2)

International Law as Applied in China: Theory and Practice        (Credit Unit: 2)

Chinese Family Law                                       (Credit Unit: 2)

Legal Chinese                                            (Credit Unit: 2)

General Information of China                                (Credit Unit: 2)

Fieldwork                                               (Credit Unit: 2)

Elementary Chinese                                       (Credit Unit: 4)


Teaching Staff


Bai Guimei

Professor; LL.M., Dalhousie University; Ph.D., Peking University

Visiting Scholar at Dalhousie University Law School, University of Ottawa and New York University School of Law


Chen Duanhong

Associate Professor; Postgraduate doctor, London University; Ph.D., China Academy of Social Science


Deng Feng

Associate Professor; Ph.D., Renmin University of China

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School


Fu Yulin

Associate Professor; Ph.D., Renmin University of China

Visiting scholar at Tuebingen University in Germany and Northeastern University of America


Ge Yunsong

Associate Professor; LL.M. Peking University; LL.M. Yale University; Ph.D., Peking University


Guo Li

Associate Professor; LL.M., Harvard University; Ph. D., Peking University


Jin Jinping

Associate Professor; Ph. D., Peking University;

Vice Director of the Center for Real Estate Law and Assistant Director of the Center for Nonprofit Organizations Law at Peking University Law School

Visiting scholar at Yale Law School and Michigan Law School


Ling Bin

Lecturer; LL.M., Yale Law School; Ph.D., Peking University


Liu Dongjin

Associate Professor; LL.M, Peking University; Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota Law School


Liu Yan

Associate Professor; Ph.D., Peking University

Visiting Scholar at Leidon University and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London


Lou Jianbo

Associate Professor; LL.M., Peking University

Ph. D., Queen Mary College, University of London

Senior Lecturer in Chinese Commercial Law, University of Cambridge

Visiting Researcher at Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London


Peng Bing

Associate Professor; Ph.D., Peking University; Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley School of Law


Shao Jingchun


Ph.D., Peking University


Shen Kui

Associate Professor & Vice Dean of Peking University Law School.

B.A. of law, Peking University, 1992; Master of law, Peking University, 1995; Ph. D., Peking University, 1998; Visiting Scholar, Columbia Law School, April-June of 1998; Visiting Scholar, Georgetown Law Center, January-June of 2002.

Principal areas of publishing and teaching: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Government Tort.



Wang Jiancheng

Professor; Ph. D., Renmin University of China

Visiting Scholar at Catholic University of Louvain


Wang Shizhou

Professor; LL.M., Peking University; LL.M., University of California, Berkeley

Alexsand-von-Humboldt Research Fellow in Max-Planck-Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg and in the Augsburg University, Germany

Director of the Chinese Criminology Association


Wang Xixin

Associate Professor; Ph. D., Peking University

Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law

Fellow of the China Law Center at Yale Law School


Wei Zhi

Associate Professor; Ph.D., München University


Wu Zhipan

Professor of Law; Ph. D., Peking University

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School


Zhang Ping

Yahoo!-Founder Endowed Chair Law Professor; LL.M., Peking University

Visiting Scholar at University of Washington-Seattle

Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo, Japan


Zhang Qi

Professor; Ph. D., Peking University

Executive Director of the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Sociology, Peking University

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School


Zhang Qianfan

Professor; Ph. D., Peking University

Executive Director of the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Sociology, Peking University

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School

Visiting Researcher at Heidelberg University Law School


Zhang Yali

Lecturer; LLM, Peking University


Zhang Yongle


LLB, Peking University Law School

Ph. D., Dept. of Political Science of UCLA


Zhu Suli

Professor; Ph.D., Arizona State University

Dean of Peking University Law School

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School



Words from Program Students


Allan Verman Yap Ong

LL.M. student, 2007


As I continue my LL.M. studies as a sophomore (interning in the United Nations Headquarters and researching as a Fellow of the Chinese Journal of International Law), being able to introduce myself as a foreign graduate law student of Peking University is a source of great pride — I am instantly recognized as a pioneer in an emerging field. But it is the learning, the networks, and the friendships that truly make the LL.M. experience worth it. For me, the best thing about the program is the freedom to customize one's learning experience. One can choose to do internships together with classes, be immersed in language studies and gain proficiency within months, pursue research and fellowship opportunities, or even design negotiation clinics for Chinese students! It is this sense of community learning, from professors and from students themselves, that energizes the program.



Kevin Moore

LL.M. student, 2007


The rounded course repertoire provided a current and comprehensive synopsis of Chinese law and jurisprudence, allowing for the concentration of my individual study. The Program's professors afford a wealth of experience in, and unique perspective on, their respective fields with each professor being readily accessible. Elective general and law-focused Chinese language classes offered a basis for sustained Mandarin study. Well-coordinated, supplementing field trips imparted upon our group practical exposure to the legal environment in China, whether it was through visits to the offices of Chinese and foreign law firms, China's international arbitration body, or the state intellectual property administration. The aptitude I gained through Beida's LL.M Program facilitated my being selected for an extended internship with the Shanghai representative office of the American firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP



Credit and Thesis Requirements


Students are required to enrol in a minimum of 36 credits including all required courses and pass all course examinations.


In order to obtain the LL.M. degree, students must complete the master’s thesis relating to Chinese law and pass the thesis defence. A master’s thesis between 12,000 and 20,000 words is recommended. The thesis should be written in Chinese or English. Thesis that is written in English should provide an abstract in Chinese.


After approved by Peking University Degree Committee, the students can receive the LL.M. Program’s graduation certificate and degree diploma.





The tuition for the whole program is 160,000 RMB.


Students should pay 80,000 RMB in the first fall semester before registration and the other 80,000 RMB in the second. The tuition should be paid in RMB.


Room and Board


Students should afford their own accommodation. Peking University Law School will assist the students to arrange their accommodation.




The program offers merit scholarships for 5 students, each of whom can receive 8,000 RMB.


Library and Internet


At Peking University, law students have ready access to the materials of legal research through library collection and networked electronic information sources. Databases like Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw are available in the law library.


Eligibility Requirements


The program is only designed for non-Chinese-nationality, Kong Hong, Macao and Taiwan applicants under the age of 40.


Applicants should comply with Chinese laws and Peking University’s rules and respect the customs of Chinese people.


Applicants must have a first law degree (J.D., LL.B. or the equivalent) from a law school. Those who don’t have any of the above-mentioned law degree but have a Bachelor’s degree and substantial law-related working experience can also apply for this program.


All applicants who are not native English speakers or who did not have a postsecondary education entirely conducted in the English language must take the TOEFL or IELTS examination. The Program requires a minimum score of 580 (Paper Based Test) or 240 (Computer Based Test) in TOEFL with 5.0 in TWE, or 92 in TOEFL IBT, or 6.5 in IELTS with 7.0 in IELTS writing.


A health certificate is required before registration.


Application Materials


An applicant should submit the following materials. All documents should be written in English. If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.


(1) Peking University Application Form for International Students (Master and Ph.D. Programs); you can visit to fill in the form and submit on the internet. You also should print it and stick your photo in order to send it to us with other materials.


(2)   A personal statement (about 800 words);


(3) Official transcripts of postsecondary school training (original);


(4) An official certificate of your highest education (original) (Undergraduate students should provide an official letter stating expected graduation date.);


(5) Two letters of recommendation by professors or associate professors (original);


(6) One photocopy of results of TOEFL or IELTS examination;


(7) One photocopy of valid passport (Passport type must be ordinary);


Notice: make sure to send all the Application Materials to us before deadline.


Application Fee:


Amount: 800 RMB. 


Directly pay in cash or pay by use of a Chinese bank issued Union Card.  Foreign currencies and traveler's checks will not be accepted. Application fees are nonrefundable. Please include the application fee in the same mailing packet as that containing the application materials.


Applicants should send the application package to:


Office of the LL.M. Program in Chinese Law

Room 113, Peking University Law School (Chen Ming Building)

Beijing, 100871

People’s Republic of China


Deadline for Application


The deadline for application is March 27, 2010. All application materials should reach the program office before the deadline.


Admission Decisions


The Admission Committee will make decisions according to the applicants’ materials after approved by Peking University. Official admission letter will be sent out in June, 2010.


Registration Time


September 2010. The students will be notified about the exact entrance time in the admission letter.


Contact Us



E-mail Address:

Tel: (8610) 62753816

Fax: (8610) 62756542


Mailing Address:

Office of the LL.M. Program in Chinese Law

Room 113, Peking University Law School (Chen Ming Building)

Beijing, 100871

People’s Republic of China