MA / LLM Chinese Law & Comparative Law

Starting in the winter semester of 2012/2013, the Universities of Göttingen and Nanjing will be offering a Double Master’s Degree Program in “Chinese Law & Comparative Law”. The new degree program will be based out of Göttingen in the newly established CeMEAS (Centre for Modern East Asian Studies) and under the direction of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies of both universities.

The degree program comprises a total of four semesters, two of which must be spent in Göttingen and the remaining two in Nanjing (language of instruction: German). Its purpose is to give significant insight into Chinese Law to students who have already completed a degree in Law or Sinology.

Depending on the student’s choice of formal specialization, the degree program will lead to varying competence profiles. Whereas the competence area for the degree program with a specialization in Sinology, in addition to its focus on Chinese law, puts more emphasis on contextual China-related subjects (politics, society, economy and history of China), as well as history of law and philosophy of law, students in the Master’s degree program with a specialization in Law will, above all, acquire extensive knowledge of Chinese law and application of law.

General Information
  • Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • Standard period of study: 4 Semester
  • Start of programme: winter semester only
  • deadline: 15th of July for the winter term
  • Admission: admission restricted (application with the faculty)
  • Semester fees: During the studies at Nanjing University in Göttingen, only the University administrative costs are payable. At Nanjing University, course fees are charged in the second and third semesters in height 1.400,-€ per semester. The regular tuition fees for foreign students in about the same amount will be issued. You will find current information about the amount of the fees and scholarships and funding opportunities here.
  • The program connects to the existing Bachelor degree programs in Chinese studies such as Modern China and Modern Sinology.
  • Language of Instruction: German and English.
  • The study program acquire students depending on the priorities of completing an M.A. or an LL.M.
  • The study program is restricted / available studying places: 25
  • Study course structure: 1st semester in Göttingen, 2nd to 3rd semester in Nanjing, 4th semester in Gottingen
Why in Göttingen/ Nanjing?

The Georg-August-University Göttingen, founded in 1737, is an internationally renowned university which places great emphasis on research and research-based teaching.

The University of Nanjing was founded in the year 1902 and is one of the longest-standing and best universities in China.

The Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies is a joint project of the Georg-August-University Göttingen and the University of Nanjing. Its aim is to promote dialog between the German and Chinese legal cultures. This takes place by way of cooperation in teaching, research and legal practice.

Moreover, students have the opportunity to profit from the newly-founded CeMEAS (Centre for Modern East Asian Studies) on campus in Göttingen. With the foundation of the CeMEAS, Georg-August-University Göttingen has realigned research efforts in East Asian Studies. The CeMEAS works at the point of interface between cultural and social studies.

Language Level

Master’s students with a Specialization in Sinology will gain more in-depth linguistic competencies, ultimately corresponding to the HSK Level 5, including technical vocabulary. This level enables students to readily and independently exploit the contents of legal texts.

Graduates of the program with a Specialization in Law will reach the HSK Level 4 with an equivalent level of technical vocabulary, so that they will be capable of taking part in everyday communication in Chinese and working with legal texts with the help of auxiliary resources.

Career Opportunities

The degree “Chinese Law & Comparative Law” not only prepares students for a doctoral program, but also for a variety of career fields. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • (Legal) advisory professions
  • Foreign service or NGOs
  • Employment in international companies
Admission and application

Admission Requirements

M.A. Degree The consecutive double Master’s degree with a specialization in Chinese is suitable for all graduates of Bachelor’s degree programs with a major or minor in Sinology and a minimum of 36 credits in Legal Studies.
Graduates of Legal Studies programs are also eligible for the M.A. Because of the considerable linguistic demands of the program, candidates must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of Chinese equivalent to the HSK 3.

LL.M. Degree The LL.M. is suitable for law students who have completed the German First State Law Examination or a similar degree and also have a level of Chinese equivalent to HSK 2-3 (A2.1 in German). Additionally, graduates of Sinology programs who have taken courses amounting to a minimum of 66 credits in Legal Studies may also take part in the program.

The study program is a double-degree program. This means that graduates receive both the M.A./LL.M. degree from the University of Göttingen and the LL.M. 法学/经济法 degree from the University of Nanjing.

Admission Process

During the admission process, the above-mentioned criteria will first be verified. If there are more candidates who fulfill the admission requirements than there are available study places, there will be an additional selection interview. A ranking list will be created which evaluates criteria such as overall grade, selection interview performance, successfully completed internships and any other experience conducive to the study program.

Further information

Deutsch-Chinesisches Institut für Rechtswissenschaft Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Platz der Göttinger Sieben 6 37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 551 39-12436

Language of the program

The language of the program is German and English.

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