LL.M. in Beijing, China

The Temple Beijing Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) program educates Chinese judges, prosecutors, government officials, law professors, and lawyers in U.S. and international law. This 15-month program, which operates in collaboration with Tsinghua University School of Law, was founded in 1998 and is the first foreign law degree granting program approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Message from the Deans

Thank you for your interest in the Temple-Tsinghua Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in Beijing, the first accredited foreign law degree program in China. Temple established this program in 1998 as part of the rule-of-law initiatives launched by Presidents Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton. To date, over 600 students have graduated from this program.

The friendship between Temple and China dates back to 1979, when Temple bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Laws upon Deng Xiaoping. Temple has built enduring bonds of cooperation with the Chinese government and universities, especially Tsinghua University.

The Temple-Tsinghua LL.M. program is the most renowned cooperative legal education program in China, having been recognized by both the U.S. and Chinese governments. The U.S. Senate stated that Temple “has succeeded in furthering the goal of promoting collaborative legal exchanges between the United States and China.” Similarly, President Jiang Zemin noted the program’s “lofty mission in educating qualified legal professionals in China.”

Students benefit from systematic study in U.S. law as well as a diverse classroom environment with students from the public and private sectors. Chinese judges, prosecutors, government officials, law professors, and lawyers all come together to discuss fundamental legal concepts in U.S. law. They share their diverse perspectives with each other as well as with American law professors and practicing lawyers.

In addition, the program provides students with the opportunity to exchange views with U.S. judges, including a private meeting with the U.S. Supreme Court during the summer session in Philadelphia. Students also benefit from the program’s broad alumni network in China and around the world.

The unique strengths of the program include the broad-ranging faculty expertise, comprehensive and practice-oriented courses, and extensive resources available at both Tsinghua and Temple. The program’s curriculum offers rich insight into U.S. law, thus allowing students to enhance their reasoning process and develop analytical skills while improving their ability to engage in international legal practice.

We invite you to apply to the program and become a member of the Temple-Tsinghua family.

Shen Weixing
Dean and Professor of Law
Tsinghua University
School of Law

Gregory N. Mandel
Dean and Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law
Temple University
James E. Beasley School of Law