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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/21/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2016 06/10/2016
NOTE: Internships begin 6/13/2016. Specific ending dates will be arranged with individual employers. Internship application deadline is 2/12/2016. Please note there is a mandatory orientation session on 5/22/2016. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:
Summer Abroad in Shanghai, China
 Shanghai, China

Mix & Match: Students may be placed in internships with top law firms and corporations in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, or Taipei. Mandarin Chinese language skills are highly desirable for all internship placements except for internships in Hong Kong. 

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Shanghai_nightClasses: Doing Business in China (4 units)

The 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, the arbitration commission, the stock exchange and multinational companies will be scheduled for some afternoons. There is a welcome dinner as well as other social events. All instruction is 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. 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in possible trips, including:

  • To local law firms
  • To multinational businesses, such as Intel or eBay
  • To an arbitration commission, a court, or the stock exchange

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

Shanghai & Beijing Internships (some Mandarin required): Multinational US law firms, top rated Chinese firms representing multinationals corporations, or a placement with one of China’s premier VC funds.

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

Guangzhou Internships (some Mandarin required): Internship at a branch office of one of China's largest law firms.

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

Students may secure an internship in major international law offices, corporate legal offices, in-house legal departments or government agencies. Students with some Mandarin Chinese language skills may choose to intern in Shanghai, Guangzhou, 
Beijing, and Taipei, though there are a few spots for English only students. You do not need any special language skills for internships in Hong Kong. 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. We generally suggest 4 weeks to earn 3 credits and 5 weeks of internship to earn 4 units. Some firms have agreed to a longer internship if the student and the firm mutually desire this length of placement.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable 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 often find housing through AirBnB as well. 

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements during the internship period.


Exploring the Area

Shanghai is the commercial center of China. It is to China what New York is to the United States. Shanghai has a mix of dazzling, 21st century skyscrapers, remnants of 19th century colonial architecture, and traditional Chinese neighborhoods and culture. It is one of China’s major port cities surrounded by commerce. 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 in the heart of the Xuhui district.

Travel Information


Summer 2015 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.8 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

"Great program, great professors!!!" Christie Liu, California Western School of Law (2015)

"Absolutely amazing people!" Mark Chan, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2015)

"I really enjoyed IP, Foreign Trade, Foreign Investment, and Constitution Law the most. Not only was the subject matter interesting the way the professors taught was also beneficial. The Nutshell Book on the Legal System of the PRC was helpful for me. I was better able to understand the topics in class. I wish there was more. I enjoy China and at times wish we had more classroom and practical experience to better get a grasp on the subject matter. Thanks for a great study abroad experience!" Brittany Weichel, University of North Dakota School of Law (2015)

“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 Directors: Professor Deep Gulasekaram and Professor Anna Han
The Center for Global Law and Policy:

Enrollment Limit: 30 students for class