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Summer 2015 Program in Beijing

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Saturday, June 6, 2015

Information and Application will be posted in early December.


Summer 2014

Program Dates: Sunday, May 25 – Saturday, June 7, 2014

We are no longer accepting applications.

China Summer Program in Beijing

Take your Legal Studies Abroad
The Summer Program at the University of International Business and Economics Law School (UIBE) is jointly sponsored by Brooklyn Law School and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. UIBE’s concentration on a business and commercial law curriculum provides an ideal setting for the program’s international and comparative law focus.

The two-week program will run from May 25 - June 07, 2014 and will offer the following courses:

  • International Business Transactions (2 credits)
  • Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law (1 credit)

International and Comparative Law Program
This year the China summer program will focus on international business and intellectual property. Students will have the opportunity to study at one of the most respected law schools in China, the University of International Business and Economics Law School (UIBE). Courses are taught by faculty from Loyola Law School and Brooklyn Law School, with lectures by prominent Chinese legal scholars and lawyers.

Location
Students will study and live in Beijing, one of the world’s oldest cities and the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the world’s fastest growing economy. Beijing is the home of major government offices, including the Supreme People’s Court of China. Many of China’s largest state-owned and privately-held companies, as well as international corporations and law firms, have their headquarters in the city. Beijing is the epicenter of Chinese politics, economics, culture, and education. It is a bustling city with a thriving population of approximately 20 million people.

The setting provides an excellent backdrop for the study of international and comparative business law. It also provides an opportunity for students to witness a legal system and a society that are in the process of re-creating themselves. Guest lectures by distinguished Chinese scholars and practitioners and visits to Chinese legal institutions enrich the China Program experience.

Students will have the opportunity to explore China’s ancient history—the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and other important attractions that exist alongside modern developments such as the iconic Olympic Stadium and the spectacular National Centre for the Performing Arts. Students may choose to spend the weekend between classes visiting other cities, such as Xian or Shanghai.

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1901, and Loyola Law School of Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles, founded in 1920, are fully accredited by the American Bar Association and both schools are members of the Association of American Law Schools. The Summer Law Program in Beijing is approved by the American Bar Association.

  • Schedule 
    Tentative Daily Calendar 

    Classrooms and Administrative Offices
    Classes are held in a modern, air-conditioned classroom in the Gaoyran Building on the UIBE campus. Administrative offices are located in there as well as in the nearby Xing Zheng Building.

    Activities
    Visits to Legal Institutions
    Students will have the opportunity to visit local legal institutions. In past years, we have arranged visits to the International Arbitration Association and the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC.

    Social and Recreational Events
    Social events include a welcome dinner and closing banquet and tours of the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and the Pearl Market and Yashow Clothing Market. In addition, we will arrange for students to attend acrobatic and Kung Fu performances. Cosmopolitan Beijing offers a wide variety of other entertainment options, from opera to night clubs. There are athletic facilities on the UIBE campus.

  • Course Requirements & Academic Credit 
    In order to receive academic credit for a course, students must attend class consistently and complete the final exam for the course. The American Bar Association has strict rules governing class attendance and exam completion in summer study programs. Because of the small number of class meetings, students seeking academic credit for a course may not miss more than one class meeting. Attendance will therefore be taken at the beginning of each class. Each course has an on-site exam after the last meeting of the course. Students seeking academic credit should therefore arrange their travel schedules to ensure they are present in Beijing for the duration of the courses in which they are enrolled and to take the on-site exams at the designated times. The summer program begins with an introduction and welcome dinner on Sunday, May 25, 2014 and all classes start on Monday, May 26, 2014. The exams are on Thursday, June 7, 2014. Students admitted to the program will be required to sign a statement acknowledging that they have received notice of these attendance and exam requirements.

    For students enrolled at Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law School’s grading system governs the Beijing program. For each course taken, credit will be awarded only if a grade of D or better – as defined by Brooklyn Law School -- is received in the course. The units will be awarded on a "pass" basis. Although the course must be taken for a grade and not on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis, actual letter grades received in the course(s) will not appear on Brooklyn transcripts and will not be used in computing a student’s weighted cumulative grade point average. Enrolling in this summer abroad program does not preclude Brooklyn Law School students from exercising their pass/fail option during the regular academic year.

    For students enrolled at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Brooklyn Law School’s grading system governs the Beijing program, unless otherwise indicated. For each course taken, credit will be awarded only if a grade of C- or better – as defined by Brooklyn Law School -- is received in the course. The units will be awarded on a "pass" basis. The course must be taken for a grade and not on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis. The actual grade received in the course(s) will not appear on the Loyola transcript and will not be used in computing the student’s weighted cumulative grade point average.

    Brooklyn and Loyola students may obtain an official transcript showing their grade for each course from their respective law school registrars.

    For students enrolled in a law school other than Brooklyn Law School or Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, we will send to the registrar of your own law school an official transcript showing the letter grade you received for each course. In order for us to send this transcript, you must check the appropriate box on the Application Form giving us permission to release your grades to your registrar. We do not send official transcripts directly to students. You should consult with your own law school registrar in advance of the program about the availability of and requirements for receiving transfer credit. Your own registrar will be able to tell you whether transfer credit is available through the program on a Pass/Fail or letter-graded basis.

    Following the completion of the program, all students, regardless of where they attend law school, will receive directly from Brooklyn Law School an unofficial transcript showing the letter grade they received for each course.

    CLE Credit (Continuing Legal Education)
    If you are interested in CLE credit, contact Debra Richards at (718) 780-7949.

  • Health Insurance Requirements
    The Summer Program at the University of Business and Economics does not include health insurance, and Brooklyn Law School and Loyola Law School assume no responsibility for students’ medical treatment or expenses during the program. Medical care is available in Beijing; however, students will be required to pay for medical services at the time they are rendered.

    In order to participate in the summer program in Beijing, students must have health insurance coverage and must send us proof of that coverage. A copy of your HMO card will not suffice. Proof of your coverage must be in the form of a letter from your health insurance company indicating that you have insurance that will be effective while you are in China, or proof that you have purchased health insurance for that time period.

    If you need to purchase insurance, one option is purchasing low-cost traveler’s insurance through the STA Travel website at www.statravel.com, or calling 1-800-791-4040.

    To obtain proof of coverage, Brooklyn Law School students who are enrolled in the BLS student insurance program should contact Gallagher Koster Customer Service at 800-394-5783 or www.gallagherkoster.com/BrooklynLaw.

    If you have questions about travel vaccinations, please contact your health care provider. Travelers’ health information is available at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

  • Visas
    In addition to a valid passport, a Chinese Tourist Visa is required to enter and exit China.  You should not apply for a student visa. Unless you are planning to enter and exit China more than once, a Single Entry Visa is sufficient.  The cost of a Single Entry Tourist Visa is now $140.

    Visa applications and information can be obtained from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China In New York, and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles.

    A Visa Packet with detailed information, instructions, and a sample Visa application form will be sent to accepted students to assist with the visa application process.

    U.S. State Department International Travel Information
    The U.S. State Department website provides important international travel information for U.S. citizens. This includes information regarding travel warnings and alerts, safety and health issues, and emergency situations.  Students are strongly encouraged to read the China - Country Specific Information section of the website.

Have questions? We have answers.

Debra Richards
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: (718) 780-7949
Email: debra.richards@brooklaw.edu

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Important Documents
Tentative Daily Calendar
Important Dates and Application Checklist
Online Application Form - Available December, 2014
Estimated Cost of Attendance