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Chinese Law, LL.M.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #60 (QS) Shanghai, China
The Chinese Law program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has a focus on Chinese civil and commercial law and offers foreign law students and legal professionals an excellent opportunity to study Chinese law and legal process and engage in Chinese and comparative law research.
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The program

The two-year Chinese Law program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is similar to the Master of Laws program offered to Chinese students and contains one year school curriculum and one year independent research and thesis writing. All of the LL.M. courses are taught in English and specifically tailored for international students. 

The courses will be taught not only by our regular faculty but also experts from public and private practice. An academic advisor will be assigned to each student to supervise his/her research and LL.M. thesis writing. We encourage students to write publishable thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chinese Society & Chinese Law
  • Chinese Constitutional Law
  • Chinese Administrative Law
  • Chinese & Comparative Law of Contracts
  • Chinese Criminal & Criminal Procedural Law
  • Chinese Property Law
  • Chinese Tort Law
  • Chinese Competition Law
  • Chinese Company Law 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Although there is no official application deadline, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

To be considered for admission to the LL.M. Program, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree. We particularly look for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Having earned a first law degree (J.D., LL.B. or the equivelent.);
  • Being enrolled in a law or law-related program;
  • Being qualified to practice law in a jurisdiction outside Mainland China.
  •  Official transcripts
  • Degree Certificate and/or certificate of enrollment
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS score for non-native speakers of English who did not receive their legal education entirely in the English language
  • A copy of passport identification pages

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10632 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21258 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10632 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21258 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • RMB 150000 per full (the first year RMB 100000; the second year RMB 50000)

Living costs for Shanghai

  • 5481 - 10140 CNY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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