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International Master of Chinese Law

The two year International Master of Chinese Laws (IMCL) programme is a graduate law progrmme (LL.M.) offered by China-EU School of Law (CESL) at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).

CESL is the first law school which was approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China under the "Sino-foreign Schools Agreement." Former Premier Wen Jiabao expressed his hope that "CESL will educate a great cohort of talented legal professionals equipped with knowledge spanning both Chinese and Western law".

The IMCL programme will mainly focus on Chinese law, especially on Chinese Civil and commercial laws. It opens to international students and the language of instruction is English. IMCL exposes international students to the historical background, transitional nature and developmental trajectory of Chinese law. Courses aim to provide students with general knowledge of Chinese law as well as a comparative approach to legal studies.Successful participants will receive a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree conferred by the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).

Since 2011, every autumn CESL offers the Chinese Law Taught in English programme(CLTE) to international students. There have been 117 international CLTE alumni. In 2019, CESL expands the CLTE programme to a degree IMCL programme.Globalisation and China’s rise to an economic world power are increasing the demand for legal professionals with a special expertise in Chinese legal matters. Thus, the programme prepares students for a wide variety of international careers working for multinational law firms, companies, organisations or government authorities.

In addition to courses, students have the opportunity to visit law firms and attend both civil and criminal trials. All classes are taught in English by experienced professors specialised in their respective field. The programme also offers assistance to students in seeking internship opportunities at law firms or companies both in Beijing and Europe.The school supports students who opt to learn Chinese with cooperation with CUPL School of International Studies.

The programme at a glance

Application deadline

1 June 2019


Master of Laws(LL.M.) conferred by the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).


Two years

First year full-time studyin Beijing;

Second year LL.M. dissertation(optional in your home country or in Beijing).


A minimum of 26 CUPL credits


Diverse classes with International students and Chinese students


and Supervision

20,000 words English LL.M. dissertation; English defense;

CUPL experienced supervisors with international education background.








  • Ms Ma Anna, China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law, Tel. +86-10-5991-5792, imcl_cesl@cupl.edu.cn

  • Ms Griselda Qosja, China-EU School of Law Consortium Office, Universität Hamburg, Tel. +49 40 42838-6830, grisenta.qosja@uni-hamburg.de