Doing Business in China

Classes: May 24 – June 13, 2015 (4 units)

Internships: June 15 ~ July 24, 2015 (4-5 units)

Application Information – Applications are now closed for 2015

Classes | Internships | Fees & Financial Aid | Housing | Exploring The Area | Travel Information | Testimonials | Contact Us

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

Already Enrolled? See Information For Enrolled Students

Classes: Doing Business in China (4 units)

Shanghai at nightThe primary focus of the Shanghai program is doing business in the People’s Republic of China, and the legal system that would govern such transactions. Classes are held at Jiao Tong University, one of China’s leading institutions. The course covers essential laws and regulations that govern trade and investment with China, one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The faculty of Jiao Tong University Law School, as well as practicing lawyers from some of China’s largest international law firms, will share their expertise. The course covers subjects such as China’s legal system, investment, environmental, tax, intellectual property, and labor and employment laws. Classes typically will be held in the morning. Planned field tips such as visits to law firms, arbitration commission, the stock exchange and multinational companies will be scheduled in some afternoons. There is a welcome dinner as well as other social events. All instructions are in English. The final exam consists of a 3-hour in class exam at the end of the course. The students will have the opportunity on weekends to participate in optional field trips to nearby water towns, famous gardens in Suzhou or the West Lake in Hangzhou. Applications deadline for classes only is March 23, 2015.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in possible trips, including:

  • to law firms, such as AllBright
  • to multinational businesses, such as Intel or eBay
  • to the arbitration commission or to the stock exchange

Internships: Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing, or Hong Kong (4-5 units)

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

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.

Students may secure an internship in major international law offices, corporate legal offices, in-house legal departments or government agencies. Mandarin language is required for internships in Shanghai and Beijing. 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 internships is extended to March 23, 2015.

Fees & Financial Aid

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

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

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

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 during the internship period.

Exploring The Area


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 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 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.63 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“This program is so good. I have learned a lot. All the professors are perfect …” Mengxi S., SCU (2012)

“Overall, the program was well-administered and went smoothly, admittedly not an easy task when you’re talking about transplanting 20-30 US law students into China, even a city as modern as Shanghai.” Anonymous, (2011)

“Site visits were part of the most useful component of the experience.”  Thaddecia Andrews, CUNY Law School (2009)

“The program provided me with an opportunity not only to learn about Chinese law, but also about other aspects of Chinese culture. I feel that the experiences of both the academic course and the internship in Shanghai directly contributed to my job in Asia next summer.”  Joshua Reynolds, Hastings College of Law (2007)

I could not have asked for more from SCU Law School’s Shanghai Abroad Program. After four weeks of classroom instruction, and a week to explore, I spent the next four weeks at a boutique Chinese law firm applying the knowledge gained from every single day of instruction. The internships Professor Han secured for us were as valuable as the classroom experience. In addition to spending quality time with my Chinese colleagues, I also got the chance to know other law students from across the States with an interest in China law.  Will Lewis, University of San Diego (2007)

Contact Us

Shanghai Program Director: Professor Deep Gulasekaram and Professor Anna Han
The Center for Global Law & Policy

Enrollment Limit: 30 students for class