NYU Law in Asia: Shanghai

About the Program

The NYU Law in Shanghai provides up to 25 J.D. students in their third year the opportunity to immerse themselves in the law and legal culture of China while studying for a semester in an academic program established and administered by the Law School.

The Program has a substantive focus on Chinese business law, offering legal education for students who want to become leaders in international business and gain a foothold in Asia. There are opportunities to study Mandarin, to receive instruction from top faculty in the region, and to interface with leading law firms, arbitral centers, and legal institutions in Shanghai and other cities in the region.

The courses will focus on the structure and operation of Chinese legal institutions; Chinese legal and political philosophy, international business and investment transactions with China, and resolution of international disputes. There will also be opportunities for directed research.

All courses are taught in English by faculty from the region on the NYU Shanghai campus, which gives the Law School access to classrooms and study space, student services and administrative support, and language instruction. The Law School will take advantage of the new campus that New York University will have completed in Shanghai by the 2014-2015 academic year. For Spring '14, the NYU Law Abroad Program is hosted by East China Normal University, NYU Shanghai’s partner university. For more information about the site facilities, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/shanghai/academics/facilities-services.html

Professor Frank Upham  is the NYU Faculty Program Director. He oversees the program in coordination with the On-Site Program Director and Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai, Professor Jeffrey Lehman. 

Academic Calendar Spring 2014

Arrival in Shanghai January 7
Orientation January 9 - January 10
Intensive Introductory Course January 13 - January 24
Regular Classes Begin February 10
Spring Break April 7 - April 11
Regular Classes End May 9
Final Exam Period May 12 - May 16

Courses

Course schedules are available within the ABRA registration system at the same time that regular courses for the spring semester are published.
Some courses may be subject to the adjunct cap. For more information about the J.D Program requirements please visit the Academic Service page here.

All courses at the Shanghai site are administered by NYU and evaluated with letter grades, which will appear on the student's transcript and count towards GPA.

Spring 2014 courses

  • Introduction to Chinese Law and Legal Institutions  (Two Credits)
  • Chinese Courts (Two Credits)
  • International Arbitration (Two Credits)
  • International Business and Investment Transactions with China (Four Credits)
  • Law and Social Change in China (Two Credits)
  • Chinese Political and Legal Philosophy (Two Credits)
  • Guided Research in Chinese Legal Documents (Non-Credit). This course surveys a variety of different forms of legal writing in China. Invited practitioners and academics explain, analyze, and discuss Chinese language documents ranging from the Constitution; statutes such as the Principles of the Civil Code or the Property law, central and local government regulations; commercial documents such as contracts, corporate charters, and joint venture agreements; bureaucratic documents such as permit applications and registration forms; judicial pleadings, opinions, and judgments; and legal scholarship.
  • Directed Research: Students making previous arrangements with faculty either in Shanghai or Washington Square may receive up to two credits for research conducted while in Shanghai.

Language Courses: Students who have a working knowledge of Mandarin will generally receive a greater benefit from their experience. Students are therefore encouraged to take language courses at NYU or elsewhere before participating. Students may also find it useful to take Mandarin courses at the NYU Shanghai center while in residence. No law school credit, however, will be awarded for courses intended solely for language instruction; NYU language courses will appear in transcripts.

Tuition and Living Costs

Students participating in the NYU Law Abroad Program pay full tuition to NYU for the semester. Tuition covers a full course load; students who wish to take additional courses may do so at an additional expense. Information about NYU Law School tuition can be found in the following link: http://www.law.nyu.edu/financialaid/budgetandbudgeting/studentexpensebudget/index.htm

For more information about cost of living and other expenses please visit http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/shanghai/admitted-students/costs-budgeting/cost-of-living.html

Housing

Students in the program have the option of applying to live in an NYU off-campus apartment or to find their own housing.

Off-Campus Apartments offer single bedrooms in 3 to 4 person shared apartments.

For more information about Off-Campus Apartments, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/shanghai/student-life/housing-options.html

Passport, Visa and Residence Permit Requirements

Students should obtain the necessary passport and visa to study in Shanghai. Students will be able to coordinate the process with the Office of Global Services.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Unfortunately, the NYU Shanghai facilities are not fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Should you have any questions regarding access, please contact us at globalstudents@exchange.law.nyu.edu 
More information about travelling for persons with disabilities can be found here.

 

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