Xiamen University School of Law

422 South Siming Road
Fujian Province
Xiamen City, 361005


LL.M. facts

  • Tuition 90,000 CNY

  • Duration 36 months

  • Intakes August

  • Minimum TOEFL 80

  • Minimum IELTS 6.0

Full Profile

The Program

The law school now offers three international master programs in 

Chinese Civil and Commercial Law (Chinese Law), 

International Economic Law (International Law) and 

International Tax Law (Tax Law). 

Program Duration
2 years of full-time study

Program Start Date
Autumn semester

Teaching Language

The University

Xiamen University is one of China's high-level universities designated for the state key construction and the top 500 universities around the globe, many disciplines of which, such as Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Bioscience, Economics and Law stay top of the list. Situated in Xiamen, an international city with enchanting sceneries, Xiamen University is recognized as one of the most beautiful universities in China.

The Law School

The School of Law at Xiamen University is one of the oldest and most distinguished law schools in China. In June 1926, Xiamen University established the Faculty of Law, under which there were three departments: Law, Politics and Economics. Having experienced several adjustments, the School of Law was re-structured in 2003 and became a single disciplinary school. Together with Xiamen University, the School of Law has upheld the motto: "Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection", by maximizing its resources and creating an academic environment which allows both faculty members and students to meet their highest potential.

The School of Law prides itself in creating a nurturing and inspiring academic environment for students and professors. Thus it has become an attractive academic institute with expertise in different areas of legal research. At present, the School of Law has over 79 full-time faculty members, including 30 professors, 25 associate professors, and 24 assistant professors. Our faculty teaches and works closely with over 1507 students, including 577 undergraduate students, 834 master degree students and 96 doctoral degree students. Each year, a large number of international students join the School of Law either as exchange students or formally registered students.

With the achievement of academic prosperity and cultivating the finest legal talent as its goal, the School of Law has developed a system of disciplines with their own unique traits. At present, the School of Law is qualified to confer master and doctoral (PhD) degrees in one-class level. The School also offers a postdoctoral research programme with individual and specialized focuses as well as a Juris Master (JM) programme. Among them, studies in International Law - approved as a National Key Discipline - ranks within the top three in China. Additionally, civil and commercial law, economic law, constitutional law and administrative law were approved as part of Fujian Province's Key Disciplines.

The Faculty

Our faculty has 81 full-time members at present, including 33 professors, 27 associate professors and 21 assistant professors, as well as 4 faculty-based post doctors; the Intellectual Property Research Institute has 6 full-time faculty members, including 3 associate professors and 3 assistant professors; the South China Sea Institute has 6 full-time professors, including 2 professor, 1 associate professors and 3 assistant professor, as well as 1 faculty-based post doctors. 

CHEN Huiping
Prof. Chen graduated from Xiamen University School of Law with an LLB, Masters and PhD degrees. She was a visiting scholar at Leiden University (the Netherlands) (2000-2001), Fulbright Research Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center (USA) (2006-2007), and a Freeman Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign (USA) (2012-2013). Prof. Chen is currently Vice Secretary-General of the Chinese Society of International Economic Law and the Secretary-General of the Administrative Council of the Xiamen Academy of International Law. Her major research fields include international investment law, public international law, and international water law, etc. She teaches courses in international investment law, public international law, international human rights law and Chinese financial law.
GUO Yimei
Prof. Guo graduated from Taiwan University Faculty of Law in 1980 and received her master's degree (M.C.L.) from Dikinson Law School, Penn State University (U.S.) in 1984, her LL.M. from Cornell University in 1989 and doctoral degree (S.J.D) from Tulane University in 1991. She was an associate professor at Feng Chia University (Taiwan) from August 1993 to July 1999 and visiting scholar in Tsinghua University Law School from 1999 to 2000. Prof. Guo's research areas include economic law, e-business law and intellectual property law. She has written "Research on Int'l Economy & Trade Law Issues", and has compiled textbooks on topics including economic law, e-business law and leading cases study of e-business law. She teaches Basic Chinese Commercial and Company Law and China's Intellectual Property Law courses.
LIAO Yixin
Prof. Liao Yixin received his LLM. in international economic law from Xiamen University in 1984. He conducted research work as a senior Fulbright visiting scholar at Harvard Law School of the U.S. from 1993 to 1994, and as a senior research fellow at the Tax Law Center of the Law Faculty of Cambridge University in the UK. From September 2007 to August 2008 he was a senior research fellow at the Hauser Global Law School at New York University where he conducted research on tax law and taught courses. Prof. Liao is currently appointed as a Min River Distinguished Professor of Law and a doctorate student supervisor in the area of tax law at the School Law, Xiamen University. He is the director of the Center for International Tax Law and Comparative Taxation of Xiamen University. Prof. Liao is also Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Society of Finance and Tax Law, a Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Society of International Economic Law, and a Vice-Chairmen and an arbitrator of Xiamen Arbitration Commission. He teaches courses in international tax law, Chinese tax law system, international economic law and financial and tax law, etc.
LIN Xiuqin
Prof. Lin graduated from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 1985 and received her LL.M. in 1988 and her doctoral degree in international law in 2003 from Xiamen University. She was a visiting scholar at London University from May 1998 to May 1999 and at Cambridge University from May to July 1999. Then she studied in University of Oxford between 1999 and 2002 and obtained a M St. degree in Legal Research. Prof. Lin serves as arbitrator at the Xiamen Arbitration Committee and works as a lawyer for the Xiamen Fidelity Law Firm. She is currently Vice Dean of the School of Law, Director of the International Master Programme; Director of Intellectual Property Research Institute, Xiamen University. She is the Standing Commissioner of China's Intellectual Property Law Association and doctoral advisor. Prof. Lin's research area covers economic law, corporate law and intellectual property law.
Prof. Jiang graduated from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 1984 and received her masters degree in Civil Law in 1987. She continued her studies overseas at London University Law School and Leicester University Law School with government funding from August 2004 to March 2005. She served as guest professor at the Technical Law Institute in Taiwan University of Communications from September 2009 to October 2009 and now serves as Vice-Chairman of the Marriage Law Society, China Law Society, as Executive Council Member of Sociological Jurisprudence Society, China Law Society, Vice-President of the Labor Union, Xiamen University and Director of the Women's Council, Xiamen University. Prof. Jiang has been working at Xiamen University School of Law since 1990 to date. Her research field covers marriage and family law, labor law, social security law and women/gender Study. The courses offered by her are marriage and family law, labor law and social security law, labor law study, issues on social security law and tort law (English).
WANG Jianxue
Born in Chengde (HeBei Province) in 1978, Prof. Wang is an Associate Professor of Law at the School of Law, Xiamen University. Prof. Wang devoted himself to legal studies at the School of Law at Xiamen University from 1998 to 2008 where he received his LL.B. (2002), LL.M. (2005), and J.S.D. (2008). In 2007, he did his research in Louis Favoreu Institute of Aix-Marseille III University. From 2008 to 2010, Prof. Wang spent two years in his post-doctoral research at Law School of Renmin University of China. He works primarily in the field of Chinese constitutional law and comparative constitutional law. Prof. Wang has published several books, including Local Self-Government as Fundamental Right (Xiamen University Press 2010), Restatement of Local Self-Government Law in Modern China (Law Press 2011), and The Debate on Intellectual Sources of Declaration of Rights of Men and of Citizens of 1789 (Law Press 2013). He has also published several articles in the "Forum of Legal and Political Science", "The Jurist" and "China Public Administration". The courses he offers include Constitutional Law, Research of Chinese Constitutional Law, Research on Constitutional Cases, History of Constitutional Theories, Gender in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Administrative Litigation Law, and Introduction to the Chinese Legal System (English).
Prof. Xiao received his LL.B., LL.M. and J.S.D. from Xiamen University and currently is a Professor of Law at the School of Law Xiamen University. Professor Xiao was a visiting scholar at UIUC Law School in 2009-2010. His areas of expertise include international trade law; securities law and contract law. The courses Professor Xiao teaches include Chinese Contract Law, International Trade Law, Securities Law and Legal Practice Skills. He has published over 30 articles and more than 20 books in these research areas. His accomplishments have been recognized and he has won prizes from the China Ministry of Commerce in 2006 and 2010, from China Securities Regulatory Commission in 2012 and from Fujian Province Government twice in 2006. Prof. Xiao now serves as Chairman of the Fujian Society of Economic Law, Vice-Chairman of the Fujian Society of International Economic Law, Council member of the China Society of WTO Law, and Council member of the China Society of Securities Law. He also serves as an arbitrator with the Egypt Cairo International Arbitration Commission, the Xiamen Arbitration Commission and the Quanzhou Arbitration Commission. He served as an arbitrator with CIETAC from 2009 to 2012. He is also a part-time lawyer of Fujian Yinhe Law Office and Vice President of Fujian Province Association of In-house Counsel. He also holds the posts of Independent Director of some Chinese and foreign listed corporations.
ZHU Xiaoqin
Prof. Zhu received her LL.B., LL.M., and J.S.D. from Xiamen University and is currently the Director of the Center for Environmental and Energy Law and Professor at the School of Law, Xiamen University. Prof. Zhu was a visiting scholar at the University College London (UCL) Faculty of Law, UK, in 2004-2005, at University of Washington (UW) School of Marine Affairs, US, from September to November in 2007. Professor Zhu was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School from 2012-2013. Prof. Zhu works in the fields of environmental law and oceans law, specializing in international trade and environmental protection, regulations addressing marine pollution and climate change. Her courses include Basic Environmental Law, Studies on International Environmental Law, and Introduction to the Chinese Legal System (English), Marine Policy and International Oceans Law (English). Prof. Zhu also serves as a member of the Standing Committee of Chinese Society for Environmental and Resources Law, adjunct professor of Xiamen University Coastal and Ocean Management Institute, arbitrator with the Xiamen Arbitration Commission and the Quanzhou Arbitration Commission, and legislative consultant of Xiamen Municipal Government.
ZHU Yansheng
Prof. Zhu received his LL.B., LL.M. and J.S.D. from Xiamen University and is currently the Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the School of Law, Xiamen University, and Associate Director of the Centre for International Tax Law and Comparative Taxation. Professor ZHU works in the field of international economic law, tax law and commercial law, specializing in international tax law and Chinese commercial law, teaching Chinese Tax Law, International Tax Law, International Economic Law, Chinese Civil Law, Chinese Property Law, Company Law, Commercial Law and Trust Law. He is now Vice-Chairman of the Fujian Society of Fiscal Law, and member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Society of Fiscal Law. He also serves as an arbitrator with the Xiamen Arbitration Commission and Quanzhou Arbitration Commission, Legislative consultant of Xiamen Municipal Government, Legal consultant of Xiamen Municipal Office of State Administration Taxation and Vice-President of Xiamen consumer rights protection commission. Professor Zhu was a visiting scholar at Boston University Law School from 2003-2004 and a visiting professor at Taiwan University School of Law from April to June, 2009. Professor Zhu was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown Law during the academic year of 2011-2012.
The recent courses he offers include Commercial Law, Basics of Chinese Civil Law (English), Chinese Property Law (English), Tax Law and Trust Law
ZENG Huaqun
Graduated from Xiamen University (Doctor of Law, 1990; Master of Law, 1984; Bachelor of History, 1982), Zeng Huaqun is a Law Professor and Director of the International Economic Law Institute, Xiamen University, China; President, Chinese Society of International Economic Law (2011-); Member, the Curatorium and Co-president, the Administrative Council, Xiamen Academy of International Law (2005-); Legal Consultant, People's Government of Fujian Province (2001-); Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (1995-); Visiting Research Fellow in East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore, Singapore (1998-1999); Visiting Scholar in School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK (1996, 1998), Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Switzerland (1995-1996), Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University (1993) and College of Law, Willamette University, USA (1987-1988). His major teaching and researching fields are theory on international economic law, international investment law, WTO laws and law issues on Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Entry Requirements

  • The student must possess a non-Chinese passport and be in good health.
  • Academic requirements: recognised bachelor's degree or above, or its equivalent
  • English proficiency: a TOEFL certificate with 80 points or higher, or an IELTS certificate with grade 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers and applicants who have taken courses in English during their bachelor's degree are exempt from this requirement, but the student should produce a medium-of-instruction certificate.
  • Professional backgrounds: students with appropriate professional experience will be given prior consideration.

Application Procedure

Please see http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/ for more information.
Application time: February 1- July 1 (Subject to the latest notice available at http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Fee (in RMB)

4,5000 per academic year

Accommodation Fee (utility charges not included)
Xiamen Main Campus: The overseas student apartment buildings on main campus of Xiamen University are set in picturesque surroundings. The dorms are equipped with a complete range of amenities, including telephone, air-conditioning, cable television, Internet access points, and a separate bathroom. Master students live in double rooms for the monthly accommodation fee of RMB 900. Holders of full scholarships or partial scholarships covering accommodation fee will be given priority over self-funded students when assigning rooms in the dorms on main campus. Rooms in the on-campus dormitories are available to self-funded students when there are vacancies.
For more information, please contact:
Nanguang 4 & 5
Tel: +86 592 2184909
CaiQingjie Building
Tel: +86 592 2180501
Fax: +86 592 2086774

Off-Campus Accommodation
Living off campus provides a quiet learning environment and greater opportunities to interact with the locals allowing students to learn about the local community, language and culture. Students can choose to rent off-campus apartments for approximately RMB 2,000-2,500 per room.
- Living Expenses: around RMB 750 per month
- Student Insurance: RMB 600 per year

Financial Aid

CategoriesValues of ScholarshipApplication TimeHandling Agent
Chinese Govt ScholarshipUniversity Postgraduate ProgramDegree-study Scholarship (Master’s or doctoral candidates)FullFeb. to MarchXMU Admissions Office
Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship Degree-study Scholarship (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral candidates)FullFeb. to March XMU Admissions Office
Chinese Govt. Marine ScholarshipDegree-study Scholarship ( Master‘s or doctoral candidates in oceanography-related programmes)FullFeb. to AprilXMU Admissions Office
CSC Scholarship-Bilateral Program① Degree-study Scholarship; (Bachelor’s, master‘s or doctoral candidates) ② Scholarship for Advanced StudyFull/PartialJan. to AprilDispatching Authorities or Chinese Diplomatic Missions
MOFCOM SCHOLARSHIPDegree-study Scholarship (Master’s or doctoral candidates)FullJan. to AprilEconomic and Commercial Counselor’s Office (ECCO) of the Chinese Embassy
Confucius Institute ScholarshipsConfucius Institute Scholarships① Scholarship for Advanced Study ② Scholarship for BTSCOL ③Scholarship for MTSCOLFullScholarship recruitment is open all year round on a trial basis in 2016.Confucius Institute Headquarters
Confucius China Study PlanFellowships for PhD ProgrammeFullDeadline: Feb. 15thThe Confucius Institute Headquarters
Professional Development Program for Chinese Language Teachers in South Asian Countries①One-Semester or One-Academic-Year Chinese Language Learning②BTCSOL③MTCSOL④Doctoral Degree⑤Joint Research Ph.DPartial or FullTill 31st May 2016Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban
Fujian Provincial Govt. ScholarshipFujian Provincial Govt. Scholarship for International StudentsDegree-study Scholarship (Bachelor‘s, master’s or doctoral candidates)PartialFeb. to May 20thXMU Admissions Office
XMU Scholarships for International StudentsXMU Scholarships for New International StudentsDegree-study Scholarship (Bachelor‘s, master’s or doctoral candidates)PartialFeb. to AprilXMU Admissions Office
Xiamen University Scholarships for Exceptional StudentsDegree-study Scholarship (Current bachelor‘s, master’s or doctoral candidates)PrizeAround early MarchXMU Overseas Students Affairs Office (OSAO)

(For more information please refer to http://admissions.xmu.edu.cn/en/scholarship/)


422 South Siming Road, School of Law, Xiamen University, Xiamen City, China


On-campus accommodation will be provided. You are also free to rent outside campus apartment. 

The rental is about 2500 RMB per month for single room.

Summer Program

International Law Summer Program; 

International Intellectual Property Law Summer Program; 

International Tax law Summer Program.

Programs at Xiamen


90,000 CNY
36 months
Civil and Commercial Law
International Economic Law
International Law
International Tax Law
Tax Law

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