Duquesne University School of Law

Study Abroad - China - Curriculum

  • This summer program offers five credits of course work with the option of earning one (1) additional credit for participating in a legal clinic and/or completing an approved internship with a law firm in Beijing. Per ABA regulations, the total number of credits earned will not exceed six credits. See sample class schedule.
  • The program provides students with an understanding of the Chinese legal system, the PRC’s domestic and foreign economic laws, and the role of Chinese and foreign lawyers in implementing those laws.
  • All major areas of Chinese substantive law are covered. Past students who have found rewarding employment in China will discuss career opportunities for foreign lawyers.
  • Students who satisfactorily complete the program receive five hours of ABA-approved credit and a certificate of completion. The grading scale for all students is as follows: 
Grade GPA
A+ 4.00
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.0
  • The A+ grade denotes a level of performance that is truly exceptional.

Orientation on Chinese language, Culture and History

Included in the program is a Chinese language and culture course covering

Chinese customs
Major historical sites
Basic Conversational Chinese

This class will be held on the Friday morning before the start of the program.

Course Materials

The course materials will be prepared by the Duquesne and CUPL faculty member who will be teaching in the program.. These materials include primary source documents and law review articles. Each student will receive a set of these course materials without charge prior to departure for Bejing.

Topics Covered

  • Orientation on Chinese Language, Culture & History
  • Introduction to the Current Chinese Legal System
  • Chinese Legal History
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Law and Procedures
  • Real Property Law
  • Company Law
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • Human Rights in China
  • Foreign Trade Law
  • China and WTO
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Tax Law
  • Family Law
  • Lawyers' Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Law
  • Banking Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Evidence Law and Forensic Science
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Internet Law
  • Immigration Law


The Classroom: Beijing

All course work classes are held in the mornings, so students are free to explore Beijing in the afternoons and on weekends. CUPL's campus is within a short commute of Tianamen Square, the Great Hall of the People, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Students are able to travel freely around the city, walk Beijing's historic streets and neighborhoods, and meet its citizens. Beijing, the magnet city that draws people from all of China's provinces, provides an unparalleled opportunity to "experience" this vast and diverse nation. Optional tours to Xian and Shanghai may be arranged for additional charges.

The classroom is newly renovated and is equipped with electrical outlets for laptops.
However, because China uses 220v outlets, an adapter may be necessary and can be purchased locally and inexpensively.