Chinese Law Summer Program

May 16 - June 14 or May 16 - May 31, 2014

The University of Oklahoma College of Law participates in a summer program hosted by Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing for American law students. The program affords students an opportunity to study Chinese and international law under the guidance of American and Chinese legal educators and experience Chinese culture and history. It also provides the opportunity for two-week internships with Chinese law firms.  

The Chinese Law Summer Program is offered in affiliation with Indiana University-Indianapolis, University of Minnesota, Boston College and University of Tennessee Schools of Law. It is the longest-standing American law school study abroad program in China, having been administered by Indiana University-Indianapolis for 25 years. Professor Mary Sue Backus will be in attendance to assist OU Law students during the first week of the Summer 2014 program.



Academic Program

Students may take either a two-week course for two credits or a four-week course for 5 credits. The program provides an overview of the Chinese legal system and focuses on Chinese law relating to the country’s emerging market economy. The courses will be taught in English by faculty members of Renmin University School of Law who are experts in their fields.  Specific topics include Chinese Lawyering Systems and Criminal Procedure Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental Law, Contract Law, Labor Law, Company Law, Foreign Investment and Joint Ventures in China, and Arbitrating Disputes with Chinese Entities.

The Chinese Law Summer Program meets accreditation requirements of both the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. Law schools whose students have attended previous sessions have approved the transfer of credits for the courses taken by their students. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student's home school.

Costs and Application

Costs include University of Oklahoma tuition and fees based on number of credit hours to be granted plus Indiana University-Indianapolis’ program fee for housing and administration. Since Indiana University-Indianapolis administers the Chinese Law Summer Program, details and an application form may be found at its webpage at  The application deadline is March 1, 2014.  Early application is recommended as enrollment is limited.


  • For questions regarding OU Law’s involvement, contact Professor Mary Sue Backus at, or Rebecca Lucas, Registrar, at


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An Enjoyable Summer Back in China

Before the start of my third-year at OU Law, I enjoyed a wonderful summer break back in my home country of China. I participated in the Chinese Law Summer Program at Renmin University of China Law School, which is consistently ranked as the top law school in China. Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law hosts the program and OU Law is one of five participating U.S. law schools. From this incredibly wonderful program, I gained a lot of knowledge and insightful understanding of Chinese law, politics, and culture. I knew many of my fellow classmates who were from various U.S.