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Master Degree Program in Law
Discipline code: 0301

The School of Law offers Master degree in Law(Master of laws,LLM). It aims to foster the potential advanced specialists who can meet the needs of China as well as other countries. Students who want to pursue their master degrees in this major of our school should:
--- A bachelor degree in law or in the relevant fields/majors, such as PoliticalScience,Public Admistration,Economics, Management Science etc., from an accredited university with a transcript at least 3.0 of the GPA.  
--- Two recommendation references to support your application from persons who know you well in your professional career.
--- English capability to meet the minimum requirements for a degree study at JU, including the skills in reading, oral communication, as well as writing, is also required.
--- Meet other university’s admission requirements.

Goal of the major is to improve the student’s ability to initiate and carry out a novel research project in the areas relevant to Chinese Law, Foreign Law or International law, aiming to make the student the expert in one field of the law.

In order to achieve the goal of achieve the goal of this major, following objectives are to be accomplished by the time the candidate completes the 2 years’ courses.  
A. With correct outlook on life and values, good moral character, strict style of study, strong sense of enterprise and pioneering spirit.
B. With firm grasp of the basis theory of law, professional knowledge and practical skill, professional development and frontiers; being competent of reading and writing studying papers; with the ability to independently carry out scientific research work, being competent in the specialized field of teaching, research, and law-related enterprise survey; with a better understand of the theories, techniques, and methods in the field of Chinese Law, Foreign Law and International Law.

The Master Degree Program in Law focuses on:
1.Chinese Law
a.Civil law of China
b.Business law of China
c.Administrative law of China
d.Criminal law of China.
2.Foreign law
a.Legal institution of countries with Common Law tradition.
b.Legal institution of countries with Civil Law tradition.
3.International Economic Law

The term of studying is two years. The graduate students for master of laws are required to accomplish at least 30 course credits which should be earned from the courses you will take, and the credits for degree courses should be more than 18, The completion of 30 credits-courses is usually within one year, while the additional 1 year is used to complete the dissertation research and oral examination of the thesis.


Course Category Course name Credit Term School by
Degree Courses Compulsory
for Public
Overview of China 3 1 Overseas
Chinese 4 1,2 Overseas
(Legal Philosophy)
4 1 School
of Law
  At least
two of them
General Part
of Contract Law
4 1 School
of Law
General Part
of Criminal Law
4 1 School
of Law
Core Courses
Contract Law
in Particular
2 2 School
of Law
  At least
three of them
Tort Law 2 2 School
of Law
Economic law 2 1 School
of Law
Economic Law
2 1 School
of Law
Crime in
economic sphere
2 2 School
of Law
Elective Courses Lawyer's Practice 2 2 School
of Law
  At least
two of them
3 2 School
of Law
Real Property Law 2 2 School
of Law
Labor Law 2 2 School
of Law
Comparative Law 3 2 School
of Law
Civil Law 4 1 School
of Law
  At least two for
Criminal Law 4 1 School
of Law
Civil Procedure 4 1 School
of Law

General Part of Contract Law
A course to learn general institution of contract. The student will have the idea of contract law in general.
Content Coverage
a.What is contract?
b.Formation of Contract.
c.Validity of Contract
d.Duties of Contracting Parties
e.Remedies for breach of Contracts.
 Close-book written examination in the forms of questions and answers and case analysis.

Graduate students are required to participate in the professional teaching practice, including the guidance of undergraduate learning, writing case analysis reports and homework to complete at least 60-70 hours of work. The practice process will be reviewed by the teachers in charge of teaching. The graduate students are also required to attend related seminars and experts forum, and if possible, to participate in social investigation and researc. See also <Training Program of Jiangsu University for Graduate Students (general)>, <Jiangsu University graduate training process Introduction>


The master postgraduate students should be directed by a qualified major supervisor (Phd,Qualification of Graduate advising), as well as a committee panel containing several qualified co-advisors/committee members. The Advisory Committee initially consists of at least 4 members of the Graduate Faculty, including the Major Advisor, who acts as the chair. At least 2 members must be from the School of law. The remaining 2 members may be from School of Law or another college, including with qualification of the Graduate advising. The committee should be established by the end of the second semester of the student’s graduate career.

Graduate students are required to initiate their thesis study projects prior to the end of the second semester. The medium-term examination for thesis study is scheduled at the end of third semester. Other following important schedules relevant to your graduate study could be found from the Overseas Education College (OEC) at Jiangsu University. In general, a Master’s student is required to have a research proposal and a plan of study accepted by his or her Graduate Advisory Committee by the end of the second semester of study. A list of completed courses and those proposed to meet school requirements should also be prepared. A meeting of the Advisory Committee should be convened by the student to discuss his/her proposal and course work.

Applicants from a foreign country can apply a variety of Chinese government scholarship that may fully or partially support your degree study at JU. For further information regarding these scholarships provided by Chinese government, you can surf on the website of Overseas Education College (OEC), JU, at In addition to apply these funding supports, you can also apply a financial assistance provided by school of the Management of JU during your degree study, which depends on your performance in academic research.

(Ⅰ). Guide for thesis and dissertation research proposal and plan of study

School of Law, Jiangsu University
Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province
TITLE: A brief, clear, specific designation of the subject of the research. The title, used by itself, should give a good indication of the project.
OBJECTIVES: A clear, complete, and logically arranged statement of specific objectives of the project. If several objectives are proposed, they must be closely related. List them as 1, 2, 3, etc.
JUSTIFICATION: Should present the motivation and importance of the research.
PREVIOUS WORK AND PRESENT OUTLOOK: A brief summary covering pertinent previous research on the problem, citing important and recent publications, the status of current research, and additional information needed, to which the project is expected to contribute. This review will help to determine work already accomplished.
PROCEDURE: A statement of essential work plans and methods to be used to attain each of the stated objectives. The procedure should correspond with objectives, and follow the same order. Phases of the work to be undertaken should be designated.
RESEACH METHOD: should specify the research method of the project, if the theoretical analysis is conducted, the basic model description should be given, if the empirical study is conducted, the possible source of data should be indicated.
PROBABLE DURATION: An estimate of the maximum time likely to be required to complete research and publish results.
LITERATURE CITED: List important and recent publications involving this field of work.

(Ⅱ).The directory of mainly classic books needed to be read.
1.Hart, H. L. A. The Concept of Law. OUP Oxford, 2012.
2.Zhang, Mo. Chinese Contract Law: Theory and Practice. BRILL, 2006. .
3.Li, Xiang, and Jigang Jin. Concise Chinese Tort Laws. Vol. 1. Springer, 2014.
4.Zweigert, Konrad, and Hein Kötz. Introduction to comparative law. Oxford University Press, USA, 1992.
5.Zhang, Xiaoyang. Chinese Civil Law for Business. Open University of Hong Kong Press, 2013.
6.Bu, Yuanshi, ed. Chinese Civil Law: A Handbook. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
7.Honnold, John, and Harry M. Flechtner. Uniform law for international sales under the 1980 United Nations Convention. Kluwer law international, 2009.
(Ⅲ). The directory of mainly professional academic journals needed to be read.
1.Chinese Law & Government
2.International & Comparative Law Quarterly
3.American Journal of Comparative Law
4.Tulane Law Review
5.Harvard Law Review

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