Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

International and Comparative Law

177: Introduction to Chinese Law

Credit Hours



Perspective Elective

This variable-credit course provides students with an overview of the modern Chinese legal and political systems and lawyering in China. As an economy and society in transition, China is facing many challenges while it seeks to transition into a market economy with Chinese characteristics. The course is divided into two components (with a little Chinese culture, language and survival tips sprinkled in as appropriate). Spring semester component (2 credits): Adopting a “law-in-action” approach, students will be introduced to philosophical and historical foundations of Chinese law and the present legal system, sources of law and legal/political institutions in China; the course will also explore specific substantive areas of law and order in modern China, including constitutional law, criminal law and human rights.  Beijing campus summer component (1 credit, compulsory for 1Ls): introduction to Chinese commercial law, focusing on laws applicable to US companies doing business in China, and the pitfalls of which international legal practitioners should be aware when representing clients doing business in China or with China companies. Specific substantive areas of law include FDI, operational issues, due diligence, IP and dispute resolution. Note: students enrolled in the three-credit option may interview for one of two summer internships at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Beijing campus. Other Beijing internships may be available. [Study Abroad China]