NYU Law in Asia: Shanghai

About the Program

NYU Law in Shanghai provides up to 25 NYU Law students in their second or 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, international business and investment transactions with China, and resolution of international disputes. There will also be opportunities for directed research. In addition, students may enroll in select law courses, taught in English at Shanghai Jiaotong KoGuan Law School.

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, administrative support, and language instruction. Since Spring 2015, the Law School has been hosted at the Pudong Campus of NYU Shanghai. For more information about the site facilities, please visit NYU Shanghai's webpage on Facilities & Services.  

Professor Roderick M. Hills Jr. 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 2019

Event Date
Arrival and Orientation January 21
Classes Start January 23
Spring Festival Holiday February 4 - February 8
Spring Break April 1 - April 5
Last Day of Classes April 30
Reading Days May 1 - May 2
Final Exam Period May 3 - May 12


Course schedules are available within the COURSES 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 academic requirements, please visit the Office of Academic Services's webpage on program requirements.

All courses at the Shanghai site are administered by NYU Law and evaluated with letter grades, which will appear on the student's transcript and count towards GPA. However, courses offered and administerd by Jiaotong KoGuan Law School, the partner institution, will not count towards GPA, only appearing on transcripts as credits earned, rather than individual courses.

Spring 2019 Courses

NYU Law courses:
Select Jiaotong KoGuan Law School courses including:
  • Chinese Law and Financial Markets
  • Competition Law

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 NYU Shanghai while studying there. 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 NYU Law Abroad pay full tuition to NYU Law 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 on the Office of Student Financial Services's webpage on student expense budget.

For more information about cost of living and other expenses in Shanghai, please visit NYU Shanghai's webpage on costs and budgeting.


In Spring 2019, students in the Shanghai program will live off-campus. NYU Law in Shanghai staff will assist in helping students find their own housing during the pre-departure period. 

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

The NYU Shanghai facilities are fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Students in need of disability-related accommodations who are considering global opportunities are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Office of Global Programs at law.globalstudents@nyu.edu. Accessibility and accommodations may be discussed in consulation with specialists from the Moses Center.