Doing Business in Hong Kong & China

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Classes will be held in Shanghai from May 26 – June 6 and in Hong Kong from June 9 -June 13, 2014 (4 units)

Internships: June 16 ~ July 25, 2014 (5 units)

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Mix & Match: After classes, students may choose a 4-week or longer internship in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, or Taipei.

Classes: Doing Business in Hong Kong and China (4 units)


Hong Kong has remained at the cutting edge of business and commerce as it has transitioned from British to Chinese governance. Hong Kong’s legal, business, social and cultural environment integrates the unique culture of China with a very Western approach. Our program starts in Shanghai at Jiao Tong University, where students study the business law of mainland China for two weeks, and ends with the final week in Hong Kong at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, where students study the unique business practices of this Special Administrative Region of China. Students will need to travel from Shanghai after the first two weeks of class to be in Hong Kong for the final week. Instruction will be by members of the law faculty of Jiao Tong and Hong Kong Universities and leading practitioners in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The course will cover areas such as the legal systems that exist in Hong Kong and mainland China today, corporate law, trade and investment law, and intellectual property law. Classes generally will be held in the mornings. The afternoons will include visits to the courts and other legal institutions, as well as optional tours and excursions. A written 3-hour examination is given on the final day of classes for 4 units of graded credit. 

Application deadline for classes only is March 24, 2014.

Internships: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing or Taipei
(5 units)

Hong Kong Internships (no language requirement): Hong Kong High Court, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, renowned private solicitors’ firms and barrister’s chambers, and corporate legal offices. 

Shanghai & Beijing Internships (some Mandarin required): Multinational US law firms, top rated Chinese firms representing multinationals corporations, a placement with one of China’s premier VC funds, and corporate legal offices at China’s largest search company.

Taipei Internships *new*(some Mandarin required): Internship opportunities with a large regional law firm that draws its partner membership from large US firms.

Students may secure an internship in major international law offices, corporate legal offices, in-house legal departments or government agencies. Because English is one of the two official languages in Hong Kong, knowledge of spoken Cantonese or written Chinese is not generally required for Hong Kong placements, but is sometimes helpful. Mandarin language is required for internships in Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei. Students gain practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a legal professional in the host country, while receiving invaluable integration into the legal culture of the country and make invaluable professional contacts. The expectation of an intern is full-time work from the period of the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more a week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each internship unit of credit. Application deadline for classes with internship is February 28, 2014.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional deposit of $700 for the internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for  financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information)

Housing in Shanghai & Hong Kong

Shanghai: Students may choose to stay at Jiao Tong University School of Law. The housing is very modern. The cost is approximately 200RMB per person, per night (standard double). Students will pay Jiao Tong University directly for the housing provided. Students are liable for the cost of housing if  they requested a reservation and do not cancel in advance. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.

Hong Kong: Students may choose to stay at the on-campus lodging facility Robert Black College at the University of Hong Kong. Students who opt for the campus housing option will pay the University of Hong Kong directly for the housing provided. In prior years, many students stayed at the Traders Hotel located near the University of Hong Kong in the Western District or other off-campus apartments or hotels. Most accommodations will request up-front payment for short-term stays of three to eight weeks. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.

Exploring The Area

Hong Kong

Hong KongUniversity of Hong Kong is the premiere, traditionally “English speaking” university in Hong Kong. The hillside campus on Hong Kong Island is ideally located halfway up Victoria Peak to the immediate west and within easy commuting distance of Hong Kong’s central business district. The campus overlooks the city and harbor. Participants have full access to the University’s excellent libraries, recreation facilities, and health services. Classes are held at The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, Centennial Campus, Hong Kong. Presenting a contrast between Eastern and Western cultures, Hong Kong remains a vibrant international commercial, financial, trade and legal center and is one of the world’s most beautiful and interesting cities. English is almost universally spoken. Hong Kong weather in the summer tends to be very warm and humid. Rain showers are frequent. You’ll need conservative business attire for some visits to courts and for internships. Otherwise, prepare for very warm, humid weather and rain.

Shanghai: Shanghai is the commercial center of the Peoples Republic of China. It is to China what New York is to the United States. Shanghai has dazzling, 21st century skyscrapers, remnants of 19th century colonial inroads, and traditional Chinese neighborhoods and culture. It is China’s major port.Shanghai is where all major international firms – legal, financial, accounting, and business – have located to do business in and with China. The Shanghai portion of the program will be held at Jiao Tong University, a centrally urban located campus.

Travel Information

ACE Insurance/Europ Assistance Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Disability Travel Information for Hong Kong
Disability Travel Information for China


Summer 2011 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience:  4.7 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“Had a great time, learned a lot. Really enjoyed my time in the program.” John R., SCU (2012)

“I was extremely impressed with the scope, coverage, and quality of the teaching by all the professors in the program.” Anne M., SCU (2012)

“Amazing experience” [Anonymous] University of Miami (2011)

“Great Program!”  [Anonymous] Earl Mack School of Law at Drexel (2011)

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Enrollment Limit: 30 students for class