Take your legal studies to Beijing

Our Beijing Summer Abroad program gives you an opportunity to study at one of the most respected law schools in China, the University of International Business and Economics Law School (UIBE). UIBE’s concentration on a business and commercial law curriculum provides an ideal setting for the program’s international and comparative law focus. Courses are taught by faculty from Brooklyn Law School, with lectures by prominent Chinese legal scholars and lawyers.

It consists of a two-week program with the following courses:

  • Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (1 credit)

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Beijing City Guide

Beijing Travel Guide

Students will study and live in Beijing, one of the world’s oldest cities and the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the world’s fastest growing economy. Beijing is the home of major government offices, including the Supreme People’s Court of China. Many of China’s largest state-owned and privately-held companies, as well as international corporations and law firms, have their headquarters in the city. Beijing is the epicenter of Chinese politics, economics, culture, and education. It is a bustling city with a thriving population of approximately 20 million people.

Students will have the opportunity to explore China’s ancient history—the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and other important attractions that exist alongside modern developments such as the iconic Olympic Stadium and the spectacular National Centre for the Performing Arts. Students may choose to spend the weekend between classes visiting other cities, such as Xian or Shanghai.

Eligibility for Beijing Summer Abroad

Students who are in good standing and who have completed one year of full-time or part-time law study at a U.S. law school at the start of the program are eligible to apply for admission to the program for academic credit. Law students at universities outside of the United States who have completed a year of study and practicing attorneys are also eligible to apply to attend the program. Students from non-U.S. law schools and practicing attorneys will receive a letter from the office of the registrar for completed course work, but they will not normally receive academic credit from the program.

We are looking for a diverse group of interesting students who will bring various talents and backgrounds to the summer program, and who will particularly benefit from what it has to offer. Brooklyn adheres to and supports all legal requirements for non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of their programs.

You are advised to apply as early as possible in order to secure a place in the program. 20-30 students typically participate in Beijing Summer Abroad.

Tuition

Tuition
Tuition for the program is $850 per credit and a $350 program fee to cover course materials, tours, and social events. You may enroll in one or both one-credit courses and you may earn an additional credit by writing a paper for one course in which you are enrolled. For more information about this option, please see Curriculum.

Your $400 deposit, which must accompany the application even if you are applying for financial aid, will be credited against your remaining tuition. In early March, you will receive a bill for the balance of tuition, the program fee, and a housing deposit of $250 for a double room or $400 for a single room. Your full tuition payment is due on Friday, March 15, 2019 and all deposits are non-refundable on that day.

Read more about the Estimated Cost of Attendance.

Financial Aid
Payment of tuition in FULL is required by March 15, 2019. Even if you are applying for financial aid at your school, you must include a $400 tuition deposit with your application.

Students who wish to apply for financial aid must first apply to the study-abroad program and should submit financial aid applications as early as possible. Summer is considered a separate term for financial aid awarding purposes. Financial aid for the summer term is not automatically awarded based on prior eligibility or acceptance to the program.

Brooklyn Law School Students
Brooklyn Law School students should contact Florence Attino in the Office of Financial Aid at (718) 780-7915 or florence.attino@brooklaw.edu. More information on summer loans for study abroad is available on our Applying for Aid page.

The Office of Student Accounts issues refunds to students for accounts that have a valid credit balance after the Add/Drop period for each semester is over. Please note, if the credit is based on anticipated credits for financial aid, scholarships, or the payment plan, a refund will not be processed until the funds have actually arrived and been posted to the student account. Direct deposit is the fastest and most convenient way to receive a refund. Sign up for Direct Deposit online through WebAdvisor. Students borrowing Private Alternative Educational Loans should check with their lender as to the earliest disbursement date for their loans. Tuition costs may be deferred pending receipt of summer aid. However, students must be prepared to pay for some expenses (such as airfare) out-of-pocket before their loan funds are disbursed.

Students Outside of BLS - Consortium Agreements
Students who are not from Brooklyn Law School must obtain financial aid for program costs through their home institutions. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid at their home institution to begin the consortium agreement process. There are several requirements that must be met before financial aid can be awarded and disbursed via a consortium agreement. Students should begin this process immediately after applying to the program.

Consortium Agreements must be emailed from your home school’s Office Of Financial Aid to florence.attino@brooklaw.edu.

Federal & Private Loans
Financial Aid in the form of Federal Graduate Plus Loans (GPLUS) may be available for students enrolled in a total of 6 credits or more for summer programs. Thus, students who are enrolled in summer courses or internships for credit in addition to the study abroad program may be eligible for GPLUS Loans. Private Alternative Educational loans may be available for students enrolled in 1-5 credits. Students may borrow loan funds up to the cost of attendance (COA). The COA is determined by the Office of Financial Aid and includes tuition and fees, as well as an allowance for room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Under no circumstance can financial aid exceed the cost of attendance.

Application & Payment

Application
Complete the Online Application Form. A $400 tuition deposit is required with your application.

Payment
We accept online payment by e-Check or credit card. E-check allows you to make payment directly from your checking or savings account. There is a non-refundable $2 service fee for using e-Check. If you pay by credit card, there is a non-refundable service fee of 2.74% of the charge. The fees are charged by our processing vendor Official Payments (O-Pay) in a separate transaction.

You may also mail you deposits to us. Fill out the online application. Make out a check or money order payable to Brooklyn Law School for the $400 to cover the required tuition deposit. The check or money order must be from a U.S. bank in U.S. currency. Please keep in mind that any check, including E-checks, returned by the bank unpaid, for any reason, will result in the imposition of a Returned Check Fee of $50.00. Your application will not be processed until we receive your deposit.

Required Documents
To complete the application process students must send the required documents to the Beijing Program Coordinator at the address below:

  • Letter of Good Standing
  • Copy of your passport

You must be in good standing in order to be accepted into the summer program. If you do not attend Brooklyn Law School, the Dean or Registrar at your school must let us know that you are in good standing.

Send deposit check and documents to:
Debra Richards
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
debra.richards@brooklaw.edu
718-780-7949 - Telephone
718-780-0376 - Fax

Brooklyn Law School students may bring your deposit and passport to Debra outside of room 831.

Program Schedule

Classes are held in a modern, air-conditioned classroom in the Ning Yuan Building on the UIBE campus. Administrative offices are located in the nearby Haide House.

Students will have the opportunity to visit local legal institutions. In past years, we have arranged visits to the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Silk Road Fund, and Chinese and U.S. law firms.

Social events include a welcome dinner and closing banquet and tours of the Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Pearl Market. In addition, we will arrange for students to attend an acrobatic performance. Cosmopolitan Beijing offers a wide variety of other entertainment options, from opera to night clubs. There are athletic facilities on the UIBE campus.

Tentative Daily Calendar 

Curriculum & Faculty

Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (1 credit)
This class will provide an introduction to comparative constitutional law. We will consider selected topics in constitutional design and structure, including processes and contexts of constitution making, separation of powers, federalism, minority-group protection, positive economic and social entitlements, and provisions relating to privacy and reproductive decision making. In considering these issues, we will compare a diverse group of constitutional regimes, including those of the United States, India, South Africa, and selected Asian nations.

Faculty Member: Professor Marsha Garrison
Marsha Garrison is an expert in Family Law, Health Law, and legal policy issues. She has traveled extensively in China. Professor Garrison will be teaching the Introduction to the Comparative Constitutional Law course. She will also serve as on-site Director of the program.

Introduction to International Intellectual Property (1 credit)
This course provides students with an introduction to the ever-growing area of international intellectual property law. After a basic overview of, international law and international trade concepts as they relate to international IP law, the course will consider a variety of comparative law issues in copyright, trademark and patent law.

Faculty Member: Professor Beryl Jones-Woodin
Beryl Jones-Woodin specializes in Copyright Law, Art Law, and professional responsibility. She will be teaching the Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law course.

Writing a Paper
Students may enroll in one or both courses. Students may opt to earn an additional credit in one of the courses by writing a paper on a course-related topic, under the supervision of the instructor, upon their return to the U.S. The paper is in addition to (not in lieu of) the exam.

Dropping a Course
Students may drop a course at any time, but with no tuition refund on or after April 14, 2019. Students may switch or add courses up until Monday, May 17, 2019.

Credit Requirements

Academic Credit
In order to receive academic credit for a course, students must attend class consistently and complete the final exam for the course. The American Bar Association has strict rules governing class attendance and exam completion in summer study programs. Because of the small number of class meetings, students seeking academic credit for a course may not miss more than one class meeting. Attendance will therefore be taken at the beginning of each class.

Exams will be administered on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Students seeking academic credit should therefore arrange their travel schedules to ensure they are present in Beijing for the duration of the courses in which they are enrolled and to take the on-site exams at the designated times. Students may enroll in one or both of the courses. Students may opt to earn an additional credit in one of the courses by writing a paper in addition to taking the exam. For more information about this option, please see the Curriculum link. The summer program begins with an introduction and welcome dinner on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and all classes start on Friday, May 17, 2019. Students admitted to the program will be required to sign a statement acknowledging that they have received notice of these attendance and exam requirements.

BLS Students
For students enrolled at Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law School’s grading system governs the Beijing program. For each course taken, credit will be awarded only if a grade of D or better – as defined by Brooklyn Law School -- is received in the course. The units will be awarded on a "pass" basis. Although the course must be taken for a grade and not on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis, actual letter grades received in the course(s) will not appear on Brooklyn transcripts and will not be used in computing a student’s weighted cumulative grade point average. Enrolling in this summer abroad program does not preclude Brooklyn Law School students from exercising their pass/fail option during the regular academic year. Brooklyn students may obtain an official transcript showing their grade for each course from the law school registrar.

Non-BLS Students
For students enrolled in a law school other than Brooklyn Law School, we will send to the registrar of your own law school an official transcript showing the letter grade you received for each course. In order for us to send this transcript, you must check the appropriate box on the Application Form giving us permission to release your grades to your registrar. We do not send official transcripts directly to students. You should consult with your own law school registrar in advance of the program about the availability of and requirements for receiving transfer credit. Your own registrar will be able to tell you whether transfer credit is available through the program on a Pass/Fail or letter-graded basis.

Following the completion of the program, all students, regardless of where they attend law school, will receive directly from Brooklyn Law School an unofficial transcript showing the letter grade they received for each course.

Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1901, is fully approved by the American Bar Association through its Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The Summer Law Program in Beijing is approved by the American Bar Association. The Law School’s curriculum is registered with and approved by the New York State Education Department.

Beijing Housing

Housing Costs
Housing for the China Summer Program will be provided at the B&B Inn, a hotel that is conveniently located across the street from the UIBE campus and a short walk to the Ning Yuan Building. This hotel will serve as the main housing for students during the program. We reserve a block of rooms based on expected enrollment. A housing deposit of $250 for a double room and $400 for a single room is due, along with your tuition deposit, by March 15th. Brooklyn Law School will bill you in April for the balance of your expected room charges based on the number of nights you plan to stay. Payment will be due upon receipt. You may pay Brooklyn Law School for your hotel room by check or credit card. Should you decide to stay additional nights, the school will bill you accordingly.

At current exchange rates, the cost of a single room is approximately $50.00 per day. The cost of a double room is approximately $25.00 per day, per person. Please note that check-out time is noon; students checking out after noon will be charged for an additional day.

We strongly encourage students to stay at the B&B Inn, because it is across the street from campus and is an inexpensive housing option.

Alternate Housing
Program housing is recommended, but not required. Students may opt out of program housing and make their own housing arrangements, in which case students will be required to submit their housing information (including address and telephone number) in writing, via email, to debra.richards@brooklaw.edu.

Travel & Visa

Travel
Students will arrange and pay for their own round trip travel between the U.S. and Beijing. Several airlines fly from various U.S. cities directly to Beijing and some make connections in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Vancouver and other cities. Bear in mind when planning your trip that China Standard Time is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 15 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. Please read departure and arrival times and dates carefully when booking flights.

Meals
Students are responsible for their meals. There are many restaurants near the campus as well as one on the campus itself. Beijing has a vast number of excellent, reasonably priced restaurants where students can dine for $15 to $20 per day.

Internet & Cell Phones
Internet service is available at no additional charge at the program hotels. There are also internet cafes in the neighborhood surrounding the campus. Students will also have access to a computer lab on the UIBE campus. Students with a cell phone using a GSM network can purchase a Chinese SIM card (although calls to the US are expensive). The cheapest way to stay in touch with home is to use email or a service like Skype. You may also wish to check with your U.S. carrier about its coverage in China and its international voice and data roaming services to see whether subscribing to them during your time in China is cost effective.

Personal Expenses
Students should plan to bring a reasonable amount of money to cover personal expenses such as meals, souvenirs, local transportation, etc., and to provide a safety cushion for the unexpected. ATMs are available in the neighborhood surrounding the UIBE campus, and throughout the city. Currency converter

Visa
In addition to a valid passport, a Chinese Tourist "L" Visa is required to enter and exit China. You should not apply for a student visa. Visa applications and information can be obtained by Brooklyn Law School students from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China In New York.

A Visa Packet with detailed information, instructions, and a sample Visa application form will be sent to accepted students to assist with the visa application process.

The U.S. State Department website provides important international travel information for U.S. citizens. This includes information regarding travel warnings and alerts, safety and health issues, and emergency situations. Students are strongly encouraged to read the China - Country Specific Information section of the website.

Disabilities & Accessibility

Students with Disabilities
Brooklyn Law School complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. The Acts prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability. Students who are requesting disability accommodations must provide supporting documentation. Brooklyn Law School students should contact Louise Cohen at 718-780-0377 or louise.cohen@brooklaw.edu.

If you attend a law school other than Brooklyn, ask your law school to provide a letter describing the nature of the accommodation it has provided. The letter should be submitted to louise.cohen@brooklaw.edu.

Accessibility
Although China has established accessibility standards, overall implementation has been slow. Facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities are more readily available, though still greatly limited, in major cities, like Beijing, and other tourist locations.

UIBE facilities are accessible to most individuals with disabilities. However, there may be certain areas of the campus or aspects of extracurricular activities that may not be accessible or easily accessible. Faculty and staff will endeavor to meet the needs of individual students in these situations. Please contact Debra Richards at debra.richards@brooklaw.edu if you have any accessibility questions or concerns.

Health Insurance

The Summer Program at the University of Business and Economics does not include health insurance, and Brooklyn Law School assumes no responsibility for students’ medical treatment or expenses during the program. Medical care is available in Beijing; however, students will be required to pay for medical services at the time they are rendered. We will obtain limited accident and sickness coverage for students, but we strongly encourage students to investigate purchasing additional individual coverage. BLS students who are enrolled in the BLS insurance program already have additional coverage that will be effective while they are in China. BLS students who are enrolled in the BLS student insurance program can find more information about their coverage while abroad at www.gallagherkoster.com/BrooklynLaw or by contacting Gallagher Student Health Customer Service at 800-394-5783 or blsstudent@gallagherstudent.com.

If you are not enrolled in the BLS insurance program, you should consult your insurance carrier to see if your coverage is effective while you are China. If you need to purchase insurance, one option is purchasing low-cost traveler's insurance through the STA Travel website at www.statravel.com or calling 1-800-781-4040. Another option for students who are not residents of New York, Maine, or South Dakota is purchasing medical coverage for a minimum period of one month through www.gallagherstudent.com/studyabroad.

If you have questions about travel vaccinations, please contact your health care provider. Travelers’ health information is available at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

Cancellations & Refunds

Program Changes
Brooklyn Law School reserves the right to make changes to the program. Should any significant changes to the program occur; students will be advised of the changes and given the option to withdraw with a full refund.

Cancellation
Brooklyn Law School reserves the right to cancel or modify the program should circumstances, such as the need to protect the health of students and staff, or to ensure the integrity of the program, or insufficient registrations warrant it. In the event that the program is canceled or terminated, students will be notified by email and, upon request, the program director will endeavor to assist students in finding a similar program.

In the period since it was established in 1999, the program has been canceled in 2003, based on recommendations made by the World Health Organization due to the SARS outbreak in China, and in 2014, because of insufficient enrollment. In 2008, the program was not offered due to concerns regarding housing availability, transportation issues and overall costs created by the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

In the event that the program is canceled or terminated, the following refund policy will apply:

  • If the program is canceled prior to the commencement of the program, students will be notified immediately and issued a full refund. The program director will assist the students in identifying another suitable program, if the students so desire.
  • If the program is terminated during the course of the program, students will be notified immediately, given the opportunity to withdraw from the program, and refunded all tuition/fee charges except room and board charges utilized prior to withdrawal.

Under no circumstances is Brooklyn Law School responsible for financial losses caused by travel arrangements due to the cancellation or termination of the program.

Travel Warnings and Alerts
In the unlikely event that the U.S. State Department issues a Travel Warning or Alert covering the destination and dates of the program, the following refund policy will apply:

If the warning or alert is issued prior to the commencement of the program, students will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to withdraw from the program with a full refund. If the warning or alert is issued during the course of the program, students will be notified immediately, given the opportunity to withdraw from the program, and refunded all tuition/fee charges except room and board charges utilized prior to the withdrawal.

Contact

For further questions about Beijing Summer Abroad:
Debra Richards, Beijing Program Coordinator
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
debra.richards@brooklaw.edu
Phone: 718-780-7949