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China Summer Abroad


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Nancy Kunkel
Associate Director
Senior Program Coordinator

Timothy Lynch
Academic Director

Financial Aid Questions:

Linda Lawrence
Coordinator of the UMKC Student Financial Aid Office



Experience the study of Chinese law on-campus at the prestigious Peking University (Beida - pronounced “Bay-DA”) in Beijing. As the People’s Republic of China emerges from decades of isolation, the faculty and students of this premiere educational institution are leading participants in the new era of “openness.” In many instances the Chinese are writing on a new slate, without the baggage of years of common law development. This program offers an unequaled opportunity to observe, from the inside, how China is restructuring its legal, economic and social systems at the dawn of the 21st century.

2015 Program

May 16 - June 7, 2015 in Beijing, China
Coursework begins Monday morning, May 18, 2015 and concludes with the final examination on Saturday, June 6. Plan to depart the US on Saturday, May 16 (or earlier) to arrive in Beijing by mid-afternoon on Sunday, May 17 in time for the opening banquet and orientation. Departure from Beijing for return to the US should be scheduled for Sunday, June 7 or later. Students participating in an externship should schedule their departure for Sunday, June 28.


  • 4.5 to 6 Hours of transferable ABA-approved credit
  • Comprehensive survey of Chinese law and political and legal institutions
  • Residence in the PKU-operated Zhongguanyuan Global Village, conveniently located near campus
  • Classes taught in English on the PKU campus by leading Beida faculty
  • Field trips to a local district trial court and the Supreme Court of the People's Republic of China
  • Tours to principal historic and cultural sites in the vicinity of Beijing
  • Interaction with Chinese law students and US attorneys practicing in Beijing firms
  • Welcome dinner and farewell banquet
  • Optional three-week "Externship" with Chinese law firm (limited and selective)


Registration is open to all US and foreign law students in good academic standing who will have completed at least one full year of law school study by May 2015, and to law school graduates.

  • Current law students must submit a letter from their Dean or Registrar certifying good academic standing.
  • Law school graduates and practicing attorneys may enroll on a non-academic credit basis for CLE.
  • Companions of registered students may accompany and participate in tours and cultural activities at a reduced rate on a regulated, space-available basis. Please verify space availability with the program administrator in advance as companion slots are limited. Companions must be over 16 years of age.


We anticipate that the core group of students will be from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, and University of Kansas School of Law. Class size will be limited to no more than 45 participants. We seek participation by a highly diverse group of visiting law students. In prior years we have enrolled hundreds of visiting students from more than ninety law schools, including the following:

American University Washington College of Law Arizona State University College of Law Baylor University School of Law
California Western School of Law Chapman University School of Law Charlotte School of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Columbia University Law School Columbus School of Law
Creighton University School of Law Florida Coastal School of Law Florida International University College of Law
Florida State University College of Law Fordham University Law School George Mason University School of Law
George Washington University Law School Georgetown University Law Center Golden Gate University School of Law
Gonzaga University School of Law Howard University School of Law Lewis & Clark Law School
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville Loyola University Chicago School of Law Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
Marquette University School of Law McGill University Faculty of Law (Canada) Michigan State University College of Law
National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (Singapore) New England School of Law New York Law School
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Oklahoma City University School of Law
Penn State Dickinson School of Law Regent University School of Law Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
Rutgers University School of Law - Camden St. John's University School of Law St. Louis University School of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law Seattle University School of Law Seton Hall University School of Law
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale School of Law Southwestern Law School Stetson University College of Law
Suffolk University Law School Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Thomas Jefferson School of Law Tulane University Law School
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law University of Alberta Faculty of Law (Canada) University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Baltimore School of Law University of Calgary Faculty of Law (Canada) University of California, Hastings College of Law
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law University of Colorado at Boulder Law School University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law University of Houston Law Center University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law University of Louisville - Brandies School of Law University of Miami School of Law
University of Michigan School of Law University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law University of Oregon School of Law
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Canada) University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law University of Pittsburgh School of Law
University of Salzburg (Austria) University of San Diego School of Law University of San Francisco School of Law
University of Southern California Law School University of Texas at Austin School of Law University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Canada)
University of Tulsa College of Law University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law University of Waikato Law School (New Zealand)
University of West Los Angeles Law School University of Windsor Faculty of Law (Canada) University of Wisconsin Law School
University of Wyoming College of Law Wayne State University Law School Western New England College of Law
Whittier College Law School William S. Boyd School of Law William Mitchell College of Law
Yale Law School York University Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada)