Tsinghua University Law School: Beijing, China
Tsinghua University Law School, located in Beijing, China, was founded in 1929 and is considered one of the top four leading law schools in China. The campus of Tsinghua University is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, which has been designated for universities for over half a century. It is next to the campus of Peking University and close to most of the other major universities in Beijing. Line 13 of the Beijing subway stops right next to the campus at Wudaokou, surrounded by a student-friendly neighborhood of small restaurants, bookstores and Internet cafes. Wudaokou is also known for its large number of international students, especially Asian overseas students. Wudaokou’s popularity as an international student area is reflected in its large number of bars and nightclubs.
Tsinghua University’s campus is located on the former site of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) royal gardens and retains some Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings, but many of its buildings are in a Western-style, reflecting the American influence in its history. Among Chinese universities, Tsinghua is always ranked at either number one or two as China’s leading technological and scientific research center, similar in reputation and influence to MIT and CalTech in the United States. Tsinghua is where Vice President Al Gore lectured during his documentary movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Viewers can see the university lecture hall, with its well-known purple seats, as well as residence hall. The banner on the ceiling, recapitulating Tsinghua’s university motto, encourages students to study and have strong character.
Georgetown students participate in the LL.M Program in Chinese Law while at Tsinghua. It is the first of its kind in China and taught entirely in English. Georgetown students will take classes with other foreign law students and legal professionals. In addition to the U.S., students participating in the LL.M. program hail from a various countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Estonia, Italy, Israel, Kazakstan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, France, and the United Kingdom. Please not that because this is an LL.M. in Chinese Law, Chinese citizens are not eligible to enroll. Each LL.M. class has approximately thirty students. Georgetown’s agreement with Tsinghua University allows up to five students to study at the law school for one semester. In 2019, one student participated in the program.