In 1997, Temple University established a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) program in Beijing to educate Chinese judges, prosecutors, government officials (including NPC and State Council legal staff), law professors, and lawyers in U.S. and international legal principles. This 15-month program, which operates in collaboration with Tsinghua University School of Law, 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. We welcome you to the first and longest-running foreign LL.M. program in China. The friendship and cooperation between Temple and China date back to 1979, when Temple bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Laws upon Deng Xiaoping. Temple has long worked to form enduring bonds of cooperation with the Chinese government and educational institutions, especially Tsinghua University.
Temple established this program in 1998 as part of the rule-of-law initiatives launched by Presidents Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton. Temple then became the first foreign university approved by the Chinese government to offer a foreign law degree program in China. To date, we are proud to have graduated over 500 students from this program.
The Temple-Tsinghua LL.M. program is one of the most renowned international legal cooperative programs in China, having been recognized by both the U.S. and Chinese governments for its achievements. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution acknowledging that Temple “has succeeded in furthering the goal of promoting collaborative legal exchanges between the United States and China.” Similarly, Jiang Zemin has noted the program’s “lofty mission in educating qualified legal professionals in China.”
Students benefit not only from systematic study in U.S. law, but also from a diverse classroom environment with experienced lawyers and officials from the Chinese 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 and 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. Students also benefit from the program’s alumni network in China and around the world.
In sum, the unique strengths of the program include the broad-ranging faculty expertise, comprehensive and practice-oriented courses, and extensive student resources available at both Tsinghua and Temple. The program’s curriculum offers rich insight into U.S. law, academically and practically, thus allowing students to expand their thoughts 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.
Dean and Professor of Law
School of Law
JoAnne A. Epps
Temple University Provost and Professor of Law