Double Master (J.M. or LL.M. of Chinese Law / LL.M. of European and International Law)


  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: September
  • Tuition Fee: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Specialization: International Law ; European Law; Asian Law


The CESL Double Masters programme is predominantly aimed at mainland Chinese students. In order to apply you must have obtained or be expected to obtain a law degree (Bachelor of Law, State Examination or equivalent) prior to enrollment at CESL. Upon graduation you will receive both a JM and an LLM from CUPL and an LLM from the University of Hamburg.

1. Please check the CUPL website ( in September for the latest information on admissions.
2. Applications open online in October.
3. Candidates should present themselves for onsite verification in November.
4. Please continue to check for updates on the CUPL Graduate School website.
5. The national graduate school examination will take place in January.
6. Please check the CUPL and CESL websites for details of the CESL entrance examination in April. 
7. Admissions will be based on both the national entrance examination and the CESL entrance examination.


The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao once said that the objective of the CESL Double Masters was to develop "Legal professionals familiar with the laws of both China and the West". In order to achieve this goal, CESL offers courses on Chinese and European law which are both extensive and systematic. Professors and scholars come from CESL's 17 partner institutions including CUPL, Tsinghua University, University of Hamburg and University ofManchester creating a diverse faculty, open thinking and an international outlook. 

The CESL Master of Chinese Law is designed to provide an overview of China's legal system within the context of post-1978 market reform. The focus is on the evolution, transition and future prospects for the development of contemporary Chinese law. Modules include contemporary Chinese law, civil law, commercial law, corporate law and international law. Domestic and international scholars are also invited to give lectures and seminars and exchange opinions with students. 

The LLM in European and International Law, as opposed to focusing on the law of one individual nation, is designed to expose students to broad areas of the law, exploring the trend of legal unification and the balance between maintaining existing legal traditions at the same time promoting integration. The course includes nine compulsory modules and seven electives. Each module is made up of a number of related classes and lectures. Compulsory modules include: European legal traditions, legal English, international public law, rule of law and human rights, law and politics of the EU, Advanced EU Law, European private law, government and market regulation as well as WTO law.