Peking University Law School
Are classes taught in English?
In 2006, Peking University Law School (PKU) established a Chinese Law program in English specifically for incoming exchange and international students. The Chinese Law English program focuses primarily on Chinese civil and commercial law and instruction is offered by leading PKU faculty members and distinguished scholars and practitioners. Course offerings include Chinese Civil Law, Chinese Company Law, Chinese Economic Law, Chinese Judicial System, and more. Courses are available through the Short-Term Program in Chinese Law and the LL.M. Program in Chinese Law. PKU offers over 100 courses in both Chinese and English each semester.
What are the major strengths of the program?
With China's rapid economic growth and increasing presence on the world stage, knowledge of Chinese law has become an essential resource for international students and legal professionals engaged with China. In this context, PKU offers students essential Chinese law courses in addition to providing assistance in securing fieldwork placements and internship opportunities at top law firms and other legal institutions in China. PKU has a reputation for excellence in the fields of legal theory, constitution and administrative law, economic law, and criminal law studies. PKU also offers a breadth of courses in the areas of international law, civil and commercial law, litigation, legal history, and environmental law.
How many U.S. exchange students are there?
PKU has partnerships with 72 universities and legal institutions around the world and attracts nearly 20 international students from across the globe each year, including students from the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Though the exact number of U.S. exchange students is variable each year, PKU has established exchange agreements with and welcomes exchange students from approximately 20 other U.S. law schools, including: American, Case Western, Columbia, Cornell, Indiana, Loyola, New York University, Northwestern, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Hastings, University of Akron, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, and Yeshiva. UCLA Law may normally send up to two students to PKU per semester.
What is the term schedule?
The fall semester normally runs from late-August to mid-December. The spring semester typically will begin in late February and conclude in June. The Office of International Relations provides an overview of the academic calendar in the study period and academic schedule section of its general information website. PKU's Office of International Relations International Students Division also provides the current year's academic calendar online.
Where can I get housing?
Incoming exchange students may apply for on-campus housing in Zhongguanxinyuan and Shaoyuan, though accommodations cannot be guaranteed due to limited availability. PKU provides assistance to all incoming students in securing housing near campus. Those who do note receive on-campus placements may alternately apply for lodging in Zhongguanyuan Global Village or rent an apartment in the neighboring area of Wudaokou. Housing in Beijing near PKU is estimated at approximately 15,000 RMB per semester including utilities.