On August 29th, the conjunct LL.M program, established by School of American & Comparative Law and the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, was approved by Chinese Ministry of Education. From CUPL, Dean Stephen Hsu is the Director in China; from the University of Minnesota Law School, Dean Fred Morrison served as Program Director in the U.S.
The LL.M. program course starts every year, which fifty students will be admitted to in each year. All the students are expected to complete the required credits within one and half an academic year. Students enrolled can get the LL.M degree of University of Minnesota Law School after completing the program in both Beijing and the Minnesota State. The LL.M. degree may qualify students to take the bar exam and get the qualifications of the U.S.
The University of Minnesota Law School is recognized as one of the top twenty law schools in America, while the University of Minnesota (U of M) itself is frequently one of the top three public research universities in the country. The president of the Board and president of the University, as well as the dean of the law school, have visited our CUPL for many times. Shi yajun, our university’s Party Leader, visited the U of M in 2005. Our country has been enjoying friendship with the Minnesota State for a long time. When the Governor of Minnesota State visited China, he expressed his attitude to support the cooperation of CUPL and U of M.
The LL.M program is the same important cooperation as the Summer Study Program in May by our school and University of Minnesota Law School.