Mix & Match: Students may be placed in externships with top law firms and corporations in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, or Taipei. Mandarin Chinese language skills are highly desirable for all externship placements except for externships in Hong Kong. Alternatively, students may choose to continue on with their studies in Geneva or Oxford.
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 trips 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
Shanghai & Beijing Externships(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 Externships(some Mandarin required): Externship opportunities with a large regional law firm that draws its partner membership from large US firms or a top international law firm.
Guangzhou Externships (some Mandarin required): Externship at a branch office of one of China's largest law firms.
Hong Kong Externships(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 externship 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 extern 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 externships 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 extern is full-time work from the period of the externship (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 externship unit of credit. We generally suggest 5 weeks of externship to earn 4 units. Some firms have agreed to a longer externship if the student and the firm mutually desire this length of placement.
Please note placement times vary. Some placements may not be finalized until the start of the class portion and some placements are finalized during the class portion. Please be patient and do not book non-refundable travel.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable deposit of $700 for an externship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge.
Tuition: The tuition charge is $1,125/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.
In example, the total is $4,500 for classes and an additional $4,500 for an externship (if you select this option), for a total of $9,000.
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). Financial Aid goes through a student's home institution. A consortium agreement is setup between the home institution and Santa Clara University.
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 externship period.
Santa Clara University does not endorse any housing provider or have any relationship with any housing provider and students should thoroughly research their housing options.
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.
"Shanghai and Hong Kong were absolutely invaluable learning experiences both professionally and personally. It was mind blowing to see that many of the things we fight for in America are luxuries that other countries don't have the ability to fight for yet because they have greater needs at this juncture. It's exhilarating to be able to apply law-in-theory to law-in-practice, and observe how law facilitates change. This experience challenged me as a person, and it feels impossible to try to articulate just how rewarding it was." Kevin Landis, SCU (2017)
"It was a great experience. The assignments were diversified. Co-workers are very friendly and willing to help. I learned a lot." Anonymous, UW (2016)
"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)