Courses offered in the China Program have an international and comparative law focus. All classes are conducted in English, and none of the courses offered has prerequisites. Classes meet five times per week, Monday through Friday, in the morning. Each course in the program is rated at two credit hours, involving fourteen 100-minute sessions of instruction and a two-hour examination. Registrants may enroll in up to two of the five courses for a maximum of four credit hours. All courses offered are fully equivalent for credit purposes to those courses offered at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Grades are based on an examination in each course. (See Admission Criteria and Grading Policy section for more information.) Thomas Jefferson School of Law reserves the right to limit enrollment in particular courses; students who register for courses that have already been closed will be notified.
In addition to the law courses, a Chinese conversation course or a Chinese language tutor may be offered in the afternoon to registrants, depending upon student interest and demand, for a small additional charge. The conversation course, which is not offered for credit, is available to registrants and accompanying persons.
Each year there are Distinguished Guest Lecturers. There also will be a Brown-bag Luncheon Lecture Series with distinguished speakers and experts in the field of international law and a very special invited visit to the Beijing Supreme Court. The lecture series is conducted in the afternoon once or twice a week, usually from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
The program begins with a half-day guided tour of Hangzhou at noon, followed by a Welcoming Reception in the evening at the law school. There will be a short Orientation session on the first day of classes, at the Zhejiang University Guanghua College of Law at 8:30 a.m. All classes will be delayed by one hour to allow for Orientation.