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China Summer Program

Program Overview

Beijing: May 25 - June 5 /  Shanghai: June 8 - 17

The Georgia Law Summer Program in China offers participants an inside view of the dynamically evolving legal culture of the United States’ second-largest trading partner. The curriculum is designed to provide an introduction to the Chinese legal system, with an emphasis on commercial and international trade law.

Directed by C. Donald Johnson, a former congressman and ambassador in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the program includes lectures by leading legal scholars at two of China’s top law schools. In addition, students take part in seminars on trade issues with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and the U.S. Embassy. 

Classes generally meet in the mornings, leaving afternoons and weekends free for exploration of two of China’s most fascinating cities: Beijing, the capital, and Shanghai, the financial center. Participants visit the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, and meet with international attorneys at a top law firm. Past cultural excursions have included the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall (Mutianyu section), Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven as well as a guided tour of Shanghai, and a Chinese acrobat performance. 

This program is hosted by two of China's top law school's, Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School, and participants have the chance to interact with Chinese law students.  


Arrival in Beijing: May 23

Orientation: May 24

Beijing Program: May 25 - June 5

Departure to Shanghai: June 6

Shanghai Program: June 8 - 17

Departure from Shanghai: June 18


Past Participants

Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy has successfully administered law study abroad programs for over forty years. Students in good standing at other U.S. law schools may transfer credit from these ABA-approved programs with approval from their home institutions. In addition, numerous law students, lawyers and judges from countries around the world have participated in our programs on a non-credit basis. For information about this not for credit option, please contact Dr. Laura Kagel,, Tel. 706-542-5141.
Since 2006, Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk Center has had participants in our popular summer programs from the following U.S. law schools:
  • Albany Law School
  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Charlotte School of Law
  • Elon University School of Law
  • Emory University School of Law 
  • Florida A&M University College of Law
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • Howard University School of Law
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Kent College of Law
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
  • New York Law School
  • Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law
  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Tulane University Law School
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • Valparaiso University Law School
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • William Mitchell College of Law