DePaulís summer law program in Beijing focuses on the legal principles and planning related to international transactions in the Asia-Pacific region and provides a comprehensive overview of Chinaís legal system. The host institution is Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), one of the most prestigious schools in China. BFSU is located in northwest Beijing, a convenient location for exploration of all areas of the city.
Curriculum: Classes cover the following subjects with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region:
- International Financial Transactions (2 credit hours)
- Emerging Issues in International Trade (2 credit hours)
- Chinese Business & Commercial Law (1 credit hours)
ABA-Approved Credits: The program is accredited by the American Bar Association and participants earn 5 credit hours upon successful completion of all required coursework. Acceptance of credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by each studentís home school.
Conference: The program includes a full-day conference with prominent government officials, practitioners and academics from the Asia-Pacific region relating to an important current topic.
Moot Court Competition: A student team is selected to participate in the International-Asian Moot Court Competition on Intellectual Property sponsored by the Supreme Peopleís Court of China and BFSU.
Legal Clinic: A limited number of students will participate in a legal clinic conducted by a major Chinese law school. Students will work on a team with English-speaking Chinese law students, supervised by experienced Chinese professors and practitioners. They will participate in client interviews, learn the legal issues confronting many Chinese citizens and observe how Chinaís legal system addresses these issues.
Legal Tours: The program includes a number of visits to Beijing legal institutions, including the Supreme Peopleís Court, local trial court, and prominent law firms, as well as a series of informal meetings with local experts on various aspects of Chinese law and culture.
Students: In prior years, students from DePaul and more than 30 other U.S. law schools participated. To facilitate interaction between U.S. and Chinese law students, a number of BFSU students who are fluent in English participate in classes and extracurricular activities.