Fudan University Law School

Jiangwan Campus
2005 Songhu Rd.
Shanghai, 200438


LL.M. in Chinese Business Law facts

  • Tuition 160,000 CNY

  • Duration 24 months

  • Intakes February, August

  • Minimum TOEFL 90

  • Minimum IELTS 6.5

Full Profile

The Program

Since the fall of 2010, Fudan Law School has launched a English-instructed program - LL.M. in Chinese Business Law, specially for foreign lawyers, executives, students, and professionals engaging in international trade and/or interested in Chinese business and financial law.

Non-Chinese citizens, who have received a first college degree and have a good command of English, are eligible to apply for this program. LL.M. degree will be granted to the candidates who have successfully completed the required courses and a thesis.

Each LL.M. student must complete 30 credits during two-semester course study in the first year. Generally, the fall semester lasts from late August through December, and the spring semester from late February through June. After completing the course study, students could submit graduation thses and pass the oral defense in the end of the second academic year (usually May or June). It is also possible, upon special application and approval, to submit the thsis in the third or the fourth academic year. However, the maxium length to get the LL.M degree is 4 years after the first enrolment in the beginning of the first academic year. Students may complete the thesis at Fudan or at any other place as long as they will be present for the oral defense. Students who have successfully completed one or two semesters? course work but decide not to write the thesis will instead receive a certificate.

Each LL.M. student will be assigned an academic advisor for study and thesis writing. In addition, Fudan Law School will arrange regular academic and extra-curricular activities for both foreign students and Chinese students so that they may interact with each other.

Course List
Chinese Civil Law
Chinese Contract Law
Chinese Securities Law
Foreign Investment Law in China
Chinese Commercial Arbitration Law
Chinese Banking Law and Payment System
Chinese Law on Business Organizations
Chinese Intellectual Property Law
Foreign Trade Law in China
Chinese Labor and Employment Law
Chinese Constitution and Administrative Law
Chinese Trial System on International Civil Disputes
Chinese Legal Culture
Chinese Criminal Law
Legal Mandarin

The University

Initially known as Fudan Public School, Fudan University was founded in the year of 1905. Fudan, literally meaning (heavenly light shines) day after day, indicates inexhaustible self-reliance and industriousness. In 2000 Fudan University and Shanghai Medical University merged and since then Fudan University has been a comprehensive and research oriented university that offers degree programs in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, law, engineering and medical sciences.

Located in the commercial and financial center of China - Shanghai, Fudan University is a preeminent and prestigious university in China. Perfectly combining its profound tradition and comprehensive modernization, Fudan University ranks among top three universities in mainland China. Each year, Fudan University enrolls more than 2000 students from overseas.

The Law School

As one of the top law schools in China, Fudan Law School (FLS) has a history of legal education for 100 years. FLS has a tradition of training students to be skillful in law, fluent in English, and knowledgeable in economy. FLS has witnessed a large number of her alumnus assuming responsibilities to struggle for morality and justice, such as Dr. WANG Chonghui, who participated in drafting the UN Charter; MEI Ruao, the only Chinese judge in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East; and YANG Zhaolong, one of the fifty outstanding Jurists around the world selected by the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

FLS has four degree programs instructed in Chinese: Ph.D. in law, Master of Laws (LL.M.), Juris Master (J.M.), and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.). The School also has a post-doctoral program. The teaching and research teams have been renowned domestically and internationally in a wide range of subjects. Today, there are more than 1900 students, including around 200 international students (LL.B, LL.M or Ph.D) in FLS. For the general introduction of FLS, please visit http://www.law.fudan.edu.cn/en/.

The Faculty

The faculty of Fudan Law School includes both nationally and globally well-known scholars. The faculty for LL.M. program in Chinese Law consists of 20 professors in possession of experience and good reputation within their fields, which include civil law, commercial law, economic law, intellectual property, international law, criminal law, administrative law, constitutional law and jurisprudence.

Entry Requirements

Each eligible applicants must be a non-Chinese citizen with a valid passport, in good health, holding a bachelor's degree and meeting the English language requirements.
Applicants whose native language is not English must prove their English proficiency, e.g., possessing a TOEFL (iBT) score of 90 or above / an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Applicants who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree or master's degree taught in English in a majority native English speaking country, will not normally need to provide TOEFL or IELTS score.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure
Firstly, log on website (http://admission.iso.fudan.edu.cn/) to register and complete application form online. Then, pay application fee (800 RMB) online after preliminary review. Afterwards any application information cannot be modified. Application without paying application fee will not be processed.

Application Documents: (Place documents of each category in right order as follow)
a) Printed and signed online Application Form with barcode, with a photo attached.
b) Personal Statement of around 1000 words. It may include, e.g., study and work experience, academic achievements, research proposal, and individual development plan after graduation.
c) Recommendation letters from two professors (not necessarily full/tenured professors), in English or Chinese (signature and contact information are necessary; sealed in an envelop). There is no official form for reference, but please make sure that your name and the program of LL.M in Chinese Business Law are included in the recommendation letter.
d) A copy of degree diploma (official or notarized version, translated into English or Chinese)
e) Related transcripts (original or notarized version, translated into English or Chinese)
f) A list and abstract(s) of published papers, and other documents that can prove your academic excellence.
g) A copy of valid passport.
h) TOEFL or IELTS report (if the native language of the applicant is not English).
All documents must be in English or Chinese. Otherwise, the applicant shall provide a official or notarized translation in either English or Chinese.

Deadline for Application
Application deadline for degree students is May 15th; application for non-degree students is from March 1st to June 1st (fall semester) and from October 8th to December 1st (spring semester).
All application documents are required to be submitted before the deadline by post or courier to:
International Affairs Office
Room 204, Leo Koguan Law Building
Fudan University Law School (in Jiangwang Campus)
2005 Songhu Road
Shanghai, 200438
P.R. China
Tel: +86 (21) 5163 0026
Fax: +86 (21) 5163 0112
Email: fudanllm@fudan.edu.cn

Tuition and Fees

The tuition fee for the program is RMB 160,000 yuan.
Students need to pay half the tuition (80,000 yuan) before the beginning of the first fall semester, and the other half before the beginning of the first spring semester. The application processing fee is RMB 800 yuan and is non-refundable.

Other Costs
Students will cover their own housing, meal, health insurance, and transportation costs and will be responsible for the cost of textbooks for the program. More information please see the website of the International Students Office of Fudan University.

Financial Aid

Required Material: Academic records in first half of the first academic year.
Application Date: At the end of February or the beginning of March in the first academic year.

Required Material: Personal statement; Proof of your financial situation
Application Date: At the end of February or the beginning of March

Required Material: Academic records; TOEFL/IELTS score
Application Date: From Sept. 20th to 30th


During the two-semester residency period, students may be housed in the on-campus dormitory rooms for international students or off-campus rental houses. Students may have meals at the various canteens/cafeterias on campus or other off-campus restaurants which offer delicious food at a reasonable price.

Student Life

Student life is more than fascinating and exuberant. Every year, trips are organized to enable international students learn more about Chinese culture and add relaxation to student life, examples of which are the 2013 autumn trip to Martial Arts Museum in Shanghai and 2012 autumn trip to Thousand-Island Lake in Zhejiang Province.

Internship Opportunities
Fudan Law School may recommend some qualified LL.M students (in Chinese Business Law) to intern in law firms, (e.g. Baker & McKenzie), arbitration commissions (e.g. The China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission) or other institutions in Shanghai.

Programs at Fudan Law


February, August
24 months
  • First year is course work and second year is for writing a thesis.
  • Students have up to four years to finish the degree.

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