Program of Instruction

The curriculum features lectures and discussions primarily in the morning coupled with field trips to legal institutions and tours to cultural and historic sites in the afternoons. Classes and field trips require mandatory attendance, as they are part of the academic program. The cultural and historic tours are included in the package price and are thus highly recommended, but attendance is optional and not required for academic credit. The academic program is a single broad survey of Chinese Law and is expected to include the following classes:

  • History and Political System of China
  • Chinese Criminal Law
  • The Sino-American Relationship / China vs. America: Security and Trade
  • Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence
  • Introduction to the Legal System of the People’s Republic of China
  • Chinese Contract Law
  • Chinese Constitutional Law
  • General Introduction of the Intellectual Property Laws of China
  • Introduction to Chinese Laws on Business Organizations 
  • Chinese Labor and Employment Law 
  • Securities Markets and Regulations in China
  • Law, Rules and Practice of China’s Arbitration 
  • Chinese Real Estate Law
  • China’s Foreign Investment Law and Practice

Examination and Grading

There will be a written examination at the end of the course. The UMKC course director will grade each exam alphanumerically. Transcript transfer request is the responsibility of each individual student. Transcript request information will be provided to all students when grades are posted. A strict attendance and tardiness is enforced. Noncompliance with the attendance policy may result in a reduced grade or failure. UMKC retains sole authority to evaluate student performance for ABA-approved credit.

In addition, all students will submit a comparative law paper to the Program Coordinator no later than July 1, 2019. General paper guidelines are included in the information packet. 

Credit Transfers

The program is ABA-approved for 5 academic credit hours. Transcript request information will be provided to visiting students after completion of the program. UMKC will provide supporting documents for credit transfer, but ultimately the decision to accept transfer credits and grades is the responsibility of each academic institution. Further, overseas study programs in general do not count towards school residency or accelerated graduation requirements. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course in the program, including externships, is subject to determination by the student’s home school. Accordingly, you are advised to confer with your home school’s Dean or registrar prior to application.