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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Off-campus, On-campus Dates of Instruction: Fall: August - December, Spring: January - May
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: Yes Class levels eligible to apply: 2L, 3L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:


The American University Washington College of Law and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have recently established an Exchange Program in which AUWCL students can study for a semester at CUHK and earn credit toward their J.D. degrees. The program offers an opportunity for students to study in an exciting part of the world and at a time of significant legal, social and political change.

The School of Law at CUHK was established in 2005. It is the newest addition to the diverse and cherished academic and cultural traditions of CUHK. The School places great emphasis on the importance of the general liberal education that is offered by the four colleges that form the heart of educational experience at CUHK. Reflecting Hong Kong's Chinese heritage and its common law inheritance, the School educates lawyers who appreciate how the common law and Chinese culture fit into the modern world.



The official language of instruction is English. Chinese language classes are available for an additional fee.

Students participating in this program may choose from a number of classes offered through the CUHK LL.M. program. AUWCL students will be enrolled in regularly scheduled classes with fellow CUHK students.

Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the CUHK, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the AUWCL Office of the Registrar.


The following is a small selection of courses offered:

  • Legal System and Methods in China

  • Chinese Commercial Law

  • Private International Law in Greater China

  • Advanced Issues in Chinese Civil Law

  • Chinese Intellectual Property Law

  • Chinese Environmental Law

  • Dispute Resolution in China

  • Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law

For more complete course information see the CUHK website.

Housing and Cost of Living 

 Students should visit the CUHK site for cost of living estimates. Most law students find furnished housing independently. If available, students can choose to live in university housing at a subsidized rate. University housing is on the CUHK main campus which is located about 45 minutes to 1 hour from the law campus in downtown Hong Kong. University housing can run from HK$1,200 to HK$2,500 per month (roughly $150 - $350 USD).


For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.

All other questions and concerns should be directed to:

WCL Abroad
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/07/2018
10/01/2018 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.