Duquesne University School of Law

Study Abroad - China - Curriculum


This 3-week summer program offers five credits of course work hours of ABA-approved credit.  

The one-week modules include:

  • Chinese Language, Culture, Legal History and Law (Duquesne University)
  • Energy & Environmental Law in Comparative Context (Chongqing)
  • Intellectual Property Law in Comparative Context (Hangzhou)

Chinese Language, Culture, Legal History, and Law – 1 credit

This course will introduce students to the overview of Chinese language, culture, legal history, and law, including classroom instruction at Duquesne, augmented with in-person visits to sites of legal and cultural importance in China. Course taught by Associate Dean Frank Y. Liu. Course held at Duquesne and on-site at legal and cultural institutions in China.

Energy & Environmental Law in Comparative Context – 2 credits

This course will provide an overview of U.S. energy policy and regulation and environmental laws and regulation, including challenges and enforcement through the administrative agency and court systems.  Guest lectures by partner faculty at Southwest University of Political Science and the Law (SWUPL) will provide comparative perspective on energy and environmental law in China. Course is also taught at SWUPL by Professor Steven Baicker-McKee.

Intellectual Property Law in Comparative Context – 2 credits

This course will cover the basic features of U.S. intellectual property law, including how one obtains and enforces copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. Guest lectures with partner faculty at Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School (ZJU) will provide comparative perspective on how intellectual property laws function in China. Course is also taught at ZJU by Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby. 

Class Schedule

To maximize the free time of the students' weekends, classes meet:

  • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

View program schedule.

Course Materials

The course materials will be prepared by the Duquesne faculty member who will be teaching the program.


The examination for these courses will occur on the final day of the program, and will consist of a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions. Students will be permitted to refer to notes during the exam, provided that they took the notes themselves during the course of the program. Students will take a comprehensive written examination on the last day of class.

Students will earn up to 5 academic credits through participating in the program. The program consists of three distinct courses, each of which will be graded separately on Duquesne’s standard letter scale. Grades earned in these courses will count toward students’ QPA and graduation requirements, and may also be used to fulfill concentration requirements.

Students are required to attend all lectures and sponsored excursions during the program.