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The American University Washington College of Law and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have recently established an Exchange Program in which AUWCL students can study for a semester at CUHK and earn credit toward their J.D. degrees. The program offers an opportunity for students to study in an exciting part of the world and at a time of significant legal, social and political change.
The School of Law was established in 2005. It is the newest addition to the diverse and cherished academic and cultural traditions of CUHK. The School places great emphasis on the importance of the general liberal education that is offered by the four colleges that form the heart of educational experience at CUHK. Reflecting Hong Kong's Chinese heritage and its common law inheritance, the School educates lawyers who appreciate how the common law and Chinese culture fit into the modern world.
The School of Law is uniquely positioned to become a center of research and teaching excellence. With the School of Law's emphasis on independent research and active, engaged learning, students will develop their intellectual and professional skills and reach their full potential in a caring community of scholars, students, and teachers.
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Fall Term: Mid August to Mid December
Spring Term: Early January to Early May
The official language of instruction is English. Chinese language classes are available for an additional fee.
Students participating in this program may choose from a number of classes offered through the CUHK LL.M. program. AUWCL students will be enrolled in regularly scheduled classes with fellow CUHK students.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the CUHK, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by AUWCL's Office of the Registrar.
The following is a small selection of courses offered:
- Legal System and Methods in China
- Chinese Commercial Law
- Private International Law in Greater China
- Advanced Issues in Chinese Civil Law
- Chinese Intellectual Property Law
- Chinese Environmental Law
- Dispute Resolution in China
- Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law
For more complete course information see the CUHK website.
Students should visit the CUHK site for cost of living estimates. Most law students find furnished housing independently. If available, students can choose to live in university housing at a subsidized rate. University housing is on the CUHK main campus which is located about 45 minutes to 1 hour from the law campus in downtown Hong Kong. University housing can run from HK$1,200 to HK$2,500 per month (roughly $150 - $350 USD).
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
Office of Global Opportunities
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 355
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177
Fax: (202) 274-4005
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