STL’s LL.M. Program
LL.M. students will gain deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western law and legal traditions as well as the practical skills necessary for cross-cultural success. LL.M. graduates from PKU STL will go on to distinguished careers in the private sector, public sector, public interest legal work, and legal academia around the world.
Peking University (“PKU”) is one of the most distinguished research universities in the world. The Times of Higher Education has named PKU the number 1 university in China, the number 1 university in all BRICs nations, the number 2 university in all of Asia, and the 27th most academically renowned university in the world.
Students, Faculty, and Careers
Leading students from around the world compete for admission to STL. The law school’s multinational faculty includes world-renowned scholars and practitioners from China, the U.S., the E.U., and elsewhere. STL graduates are highly sought after for positions with leading multinational law firms and corporations, leading Chinese law firms and corporations, major SOEs, and leading international NGOs.
STL’s curricula emphasize lawyering skills and knowledge for the 21st century: (i) transnational law and practice, (ii) cross-cultural competence, and (iii) the professional responsibilities of lawyers in these contexts. No law school anywhere better equips graduates for the private sector, public sector, or public interest legal work related to China, the United States, the United Kingdom, or British Commonwealth nations.
STL graduates will be uniquely equipped for leadership in today’s interconnected world, with deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western law and legal traditions and with the practical skills necessary for cross-cultural and transborder success.
Shenzhen–A Dynamic City
STL is located in the southern city of Shenzhen. One of the fastest-growing and most economically successful cities in the world, Shenzhen has been on a steady rise since it was established as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1979. Today, Shenzhen has been called the Silicon Valley of China, and it is the epicenter of China’s rapid technological growth. The city is a lodestar for biotechnology, logistics, telecommunications, and electric automotive and new energy industries, and leading global companies such as Huawei and Tencent are based here. On the world stage, Shenzhen has made its mark as well; in 2008, it was named UNESCO City of Design, and in 2011, it hosted the 26th Summer Universiade. There are plenty of other things to love about the city as well, from hosting an annual international marathon and jazz festival to being the home of the epic RoboMaster robotics competitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Situated just across the mainland border from Hong Kong, it is part of a unique area where the world’s great legal systems merge and influence transborder conduct. Extensive public transportation options link the two cities, and one may visit Hong Kong via bus, metro, high-speed train, and ferry. With a combined GDP of more than $650 billion, the Shenzhen-Hong Kong region is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.
Like the LL.M. programs offered by the best U.S. law schools, PKU STL’s LL.M. program for foreign students will consist of one year to two years of full-time study. The curriculum will be designed to emphasize skills and knowledge for the 21st Century: (i) transnational law and practice; (ii) cross-cultural competence; and (3) the professional responsibilities of lawyers in these contexts. Specialized offerings in Chinese legal history and law will enable students to acquire a deep understanding of the cultural traditions and modern developments of China today.
LL.M. graduates will emerge from the program as lawyers uniquely equipped for leadership in today’s interconnected world, with deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese and Western law and legal traditions and with the practical skills necessary for cross-cultural success. The curriculum is the most diverse and extensive English- language coursework in China with more than 60 English-language courses covering a wide range of subjects, from international and comparative law to American law to Chinese law; courses cover complex transnational business transactions and dispute resolution, and as well as China law, legal system and legal history. LL.M. graduates from PKU STL will go on to distinguished careers in the private sector, public sector, public interest legal work, and legal academia around the world.
To earn the LL.M. degree, candidates must:
have been in residence for at least three full academic quarters;
earn a minimum of 36 credits (approximately 12 courses);
complete a thesis or substantial research paper under faculty supervision on a topic of their choice, pass the thesis defense and;
How to Apply
Applicants ordinarily should have a first degree in law (e.g., J.D., J.M., or LL.B.) or otherwise be licensed to practice law in their home jurisdiction. We also accept applications from students currently enrolled in the first-degree program in law who wish to earn credits toward STL’s LL.M. degree simultaneously. For example, U.S. law students are eligible to transfer a certain number of credits earned abroad toward their J.D. degrees; credits earned in STL’s LL.M. program accordingly might be eligible to apply simultaneously toward both the U.S. J.D. and STL’s LL.M.
Applicants whose first language is not English or who did not have a postsecondary education entirely conducted in the English language must provide evidence of English proficiency. The Program requires a minimum score of 92 in TOEFL IBT or 6.5 in IELTS with 7.0 in IELTS writing.
Please fill out the on-line application form and upload other required application materials on the Peking University Application Portal at studyatpku.com/member/login.do by referring to the Instruction for Online Application, which provides step-by-step application instructions with screen shots to help avoid any confusion. Please also note the formats and file sizes requested before uploading the application materials.
Please send an email to STL to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that you have filed your application online.
Please send by a trackable delivery method that gives you confirmation of receipt, hard copies of the original documentation including any sealed letters.
Applicants must submit the materials listed below. Applications will only be reviewed after all materials are received. All documents should be written in English. If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
Peking University School of Transnational Law Application Form.
Personal statement: Submit a personal statement explaining the reasons you are pursuing an LL.M. degree and how the degree will help you advance your plans and goals. (700 to 1000 words)
Academic Records: Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, and official degree certificates (original or notarized documents with English translations if documents are not in English).
Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
Letters of Recommendation: At least two signed letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or others familiar with your academic and professional qualifications. (original)
Proof of English Competency: One photocopy of results of TOEFL or IELTS examination (unless you are a native English speaker or you have a degree from a postsecondary institution entirely conducted in the English language).
Copy of passport, or identification card.
Please note: all the Application Materials must be received before the March 31, deadline.
Applications received prior to March 1, do not require a fee. All other applications require a fee of 800 RMB that may be waived at the discretion of the law school for financial need.
Applicants should send the application package to:
PKU STL LLM Admissions, Room 410, Peking University School of Transnational Law, University Town, Nanshan District Shenzhen 518055, China
Deadline for Application
Please note: all the Application Materials must be received before the March 31, deadline.
The Admissions Committee will make decisions according to the applicants’ materials and can issue early admissions decisions on a rolling basis. All offers of admission to the STL LLM program must then be confirmed by Peking University, and the official admission letter will typically be sent out by June.
Accommodations and Services
Most international students choose to live on our beautiful campus and to enjoy the community, dining, and sports opportunities as well as the close proximity to the law school building. Single and double rooms are available on campus. Students may also choose to live off campus.
Tuition and Costs
The tuition fee for the STL LL.M. program is 176,000 CNY staying for one or two years. Accommodation cost is 12,000 CNY for a single room with a private bathroom for one year. STL is committed to making the program accessible to qualified candidates and there are a limited number of international fellowships available. Applicants are also encouraged to consider scholarships for which they are qualified.
STL is committed to making the program accessible to qualified candidates and there are a limited number of international fellowships and partial tuition scholarships and other financial awards available to successful applicants. Applicants are also encouraged to consider scholarships for which they are qualified.
Scholarships from the Chinese Government
Scholarships from the Chinese government are also available to international students.