Joint LLM in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution
At the Forefront of China-US Trade and Business Law
China and the United States share the world’s largest economic relationship, with annual trade in the hundreds of billions of dollars, and bilateral investment in the tens of billions of dollars. Lawyers play a vital role in creating and maintaining these economic relations. They structure investment deals, negotiate contracts, and obtain permission from government authorities. And when things go wrong, lawyers resolve disputes between international companies, or between companies and their customers.
The Sino-US Joint Masters Program in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution equips the next generation of international lawyers with the legal skills necessary in today’s transnational legal environment. The program is taught at two of the world’s leading academic institutions. Founded in 1826, CWRU is a member of the American Association of Universities—making it one of the country’s and the world’s leading research institutions; its faculty and alumni have earned 16 Nobel Prizes, including the first awarded to an American scientist (1907). SWUPL, founded in 1953, is one of China’s most prestigious schools of law and political science. Its graduates include Supreme Court Chief Justice Zhou Qiang, Supreme Court Vice President Jiang Bixin, Renmin University Professor Zhang Xinbao, and Xia Yong, Deputy Director of the State Council’s Office of Legal Affairs.
The two universities have teamed up to offer the first Sino-American dual degree program to gain approval from China’s Ministry of Education.
In this unique program, students spend their first two years in Chongqing, one of China’s fastest growing cities, where they learn the basics of international law and Chinese commercial law from SWUPL faculty. They also take eight intensive courses—such as Legal Writing, Legal English, International Investment Law, and International Arbitration—from visiting CWRU faculty. They spend their third year in Cleveland, a cultural hub and international port, where they study advanced commercial law, hone their oral advocacy and presentation skills, and make valuable connections in Cleveland’s thriving legal community. After three years, students graduate with both a Masters Degree from SWUPL, and a Masters Degree from CWRU.
Case Western Reserve’s Rankings
- Top-ranked LLM Program for Academics and Student Experience according to International Jurist Magazine
- 14th best International Law Program according to U.S. News and World Report
- Top School for Business Law according to PreLaw Magazine
- 32nd ranked faculty according to the Sisk Study of Scholarly Impact
- Dean Michael Scharf is one of the most cited international law scholars in the United States