Whittier Law School continues to accept applications for all Study Abroad programs beyond the posted application deadline.
Join us at Nanjing University in the historical former capital of China. Nanjing University is also historically, culturally, and geographically appealing by its proximity to Shanghai and Beijing. This program focuses in two areas: Children’s Rights and Family Law; and Business Law.
Information on foreign travel, current travel advisories, and safety information for China is available from the U.S. State Department on its website located at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1089.html You .should regularly check this site for up to date travel advisories and safety updates.
|Program Dates:||July 14 ‐ August 2, 2013|
|Host University:||Nanjing University|
|Housing:||Jingli Hotel,7 West Beijing Rd. Nanjing, China|
|Tuition & Fees:|| $3,700 for 3-week program (max 4 units) [includes 3-day stay in Beijing with guided tour of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and Olympic Village; transportation to Beijing not included].
$3,500 for 2-week program (max 2 units) [includes 3-day stay in Beijing with guided tour of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and Olympic Village; transportation to Beijing not included].
Joseph Cha scholarship is available to Whittier Law School students who participate in the China Summer Abroad Program and also have an internship in China either before or after the program. Award amount may vary based on duration and location of internship. Minimum award is $500. Check back for more information and for applications.
Nanjing is located in Eastern China on the Yangtze River and approximately 200 miles west of Shanghai. Nanjing is the capital city of the Jiagsu Province and is a famous ancient capital of 10 dynasties. Nanjing is one of the most historical and cultural cities in the world. It was named Nanjing during the Ming dynasty, yet it is a modern and romantic city. Top attractions include the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Purple Mountain, the Ming Xialing Mausoleum, the Qin Huai River, and the Memorial Hall to the victims in the Nanjing Massacre.
The 2013 Nanjing summer program provides an opportunity for students to take classes in the fields of Chinese Law, Business Law, and Children’s Rights Law. All of the courses are seminars. Students also have the option to complete an extra unit of work through faculty supervised independent study, which will require work beyond the time span of the program. Students will gain cultural and legal perspective by the participation of Chinese students in class sessions, lectures by Chinese professors, a tour of historic and cultural sites in Beijing, and scheduled group excursions within Nanjing. The campus is equipped with elevators but may be inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.
The program includes a two-day tour in Beijing, and the cost of the tour is included in tuition.
Chinese Law – 1 unit
Professor Timothy Webster
This course will explore the modern legal system in China and its origins. Since the reopening of law schools at the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970’s, the Chinese legal system has developed rapidly. The government has established a Constitution, substantive law, functioning courts and administrative tribunals, law schools, and as of this past year, a unified bar exam of lawyers and judges. The number of lawyers grew from 5500 in 1981 to 114,000 in 1997. In order to understand the nature of this swiftly-evolving legal system, we will consider its origins, key actors and institutions, and selected substantive areas of law and policy.
Comparative Family Law – 1 unit
Prof. Courtney Shepard
This course will be a seminar and will survey and compare various issues in family law in Europe, Asia, Africa with the United States with an emphasis laws governing the formation of the family, traditional and alternative family structures, gender role expectations, same sex unions, marital laws and the division of property at the termination of the marriage.
Comparative Domestic Violence Law – 1 unit
Professor Tanya Washington
This course will examine U.S. and Chinese legal, cultural, social, economic and political constructs toward a comparative exploration of jurisprudential, social, community and therapeutic responses to violence within domestic relationships in both countries. The course will provide students with an overview of existing and evolving norms that inform definitions of, causes of, and responses to family violence. While the course will emphasize similarities and differences between the legal recognition and framing of family violence in the U.S. and China, course study will also draw from various disciplines, including sociology, women studies, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology and social work, which influence and forecast the trajectory of domestic violence jurisprudence in both countries. Course work will also focus on how culture, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and race inform the availability and efficacy of interventions for domestic violence victims in the United States and China.
International Children’s Rights – 2 units
Professor Jennifer Mertus
This course will explore the difficult and complex would of international children’s rights. Topics covered may include past and present legislation, child labor, children in the sex industry, children living on their own, children and punishment, children in armed conflict, and enforcement of children’s rights.
International Business Transactions – 1 unit
Professor Joseph Cha
This course covers both private and public (government regulation) aspects of international business transactions. Specific topics covered include international sales contracts and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), regulation of foreign investment and bilateral investment treaties (BITs), private international dispute resolution (including choice of forum and choice of law clauses, international commercial arbitration, and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards), US customs law, remedies and responses to unfairly traded imports, and the regulation of international bribery through the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
Sports Law Transactions – 1 unit
Professor Joseph Donnini
This seminar emphasizes the various business transactions that comprise the sports world. Specifically, we will examine several leagues, their constituents, and their operations. We will look at collective bargaining agreements, league rules, and related contracts to evaluate how they shape the relationship between leagues, owners, and players. By doing so, we see the intersection of basic contract, labor, intellectual property, and antitrust law from a transactional perspective. Sports Law is not a prerequisite for this seminar. That class is a survey class on general sports law topics, while this seminar is document based. Students will be required to draft a paper on issue(s) relating to topics discussed in class and/or those various documents.
Environmental Sustainability in International Business and Law – 1 unit
Professor Kristen Martin
This course examines business, law, and policy issues associated with the goal of environmental sustainability, focusing on external regulation and internal governance. Sustainability concepts have a legal impact on industries such as agriculture, high-tech manufacturing, and international tourism, as well as on broader social issues like climate change, hunger, and water access. A field trip may be offered to an enterprise or institution incorporating sustainability practices through construction, governance, and ethical norms.
Program participants will stay in the Jingli Hotel, a modern hotel in the heart of Nanjing. It is within five (5) minutes walking distance to Nanjing University, where all classes are held. Students will have a choice between single and double occupancy rooms. Based on previous years, we estimate housing costs to be as follows:
SINGLE room: $78.00 per night including breakfast or $66 per night without breakfast.
DOUBLE room: $50 per person per night including breakfast or $40.50 per person per night without breakfast. (based on two people sharing room)
KING room: $116 per person including breakfast or $111 without breakfast. Note there is a very limited number of king rooms. Availability is first-come, first-served and is not guaranteed.
Internet access is included in the housing costs. Wired internet access is available in the guest rooms and wireless is available in the hotel lobby and restaurant area. Reservations at the Jingli will be made by the program director based on student housing applications and availability of rooms. No housing deposit or housing pre-payment is required at the time of the application; however, the hotel may require a deposit upon check-in. Students must pay for their hotel stay at the time of check-out. The hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, and local currency (RMB) as payment. The hotel is equipped with elevators but may be inaccessible to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the hotel does not have wheelchair accessible rooms.
Access to Computers & Internet Service
There are a limited number of computers available at the university. Some internet cafes may be available throughout the city and the price varies. It is strongly recommended that students take their own notebook/laptop computer, particularly for those courses that require papers or written assignments. Wired internet access is available in the Jingli Hotel, and wireless is available in the lobby of the hotel.
Fly to Shanghai, Hong Kong, or Beijing and take a connecting flight into Nanjing. China also has a fairly extensive railway system if you prefer to fly into another city and then take the train to Nanjing. Program participants are entirely responsible for arrangement and payment of all travel to and from the program site. For all American students, a valid American passport and a visa will be required. If you are not an American citizen or are ineligible for an American passport, you should consult with the nearest consulate for the country where the Summer Abroad Program will be held to obtain information about the necessary travel documents during your stay. All participants are also responsible for obtaining a travel visa to enter into China. Information regarding travel visas will be provided to students who are accepted into the program.
Students are required to attend all classes and participate actively in all classes. All students receive a course grade based on class participation and a required paper or exam administered at the end of each course. Seminar classes have limited enrollment and require regular class participation. For seminars, students may be required to make group or individual presentations, and typically the most significant component of the final grade is determined by a research paper of approximately 10-15 pages per unit of credit to be determined by the professor.
All Whittier Summer Abroad Courses are graded by using the same grading system used for the on-campus program. We do not offer courses on a Pass/No Pass basis except for units earned for Externships, Independent Study projects, and clinical or extern units. Professors report numerical grades based on a 4.0 point system as follows:
Whittier Law School will report all grades once they are reported and finalized by the professors. Professors submit grades no later than six weeks after the end of the program. Non-Whittier students must inquire with their home school for policies regarding accepting courses and transferring credit for courses taken at Whittier law school’s summer programs. Whether credit will be accepted and how grades will be reported at the home school is entirely at the discretion of each student’s home school.
For more information regarding Whittier Law School’s grading normalization policies, please see Whittier Law School’s Policies and Procedures.
The acceptance of any credit or grade for courses completed in a Whittier Summer Program by any law school other than Whittier Law School is subject to determination by the home school.
The program is open to law students who have completed their first year of full or part time study by the time the program begins. Law graduates may be admitted as auditors. All students, except Whittier students, must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean or Registrar of their school.
The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Early applications are encouraged as program enrollment may be limited. Applications received after the March 1 deadline will be considered only if space is available.
You may request an application from the Law School or print the form from this site. For your convenience, you may submit your application(s) and the required fee(s) by mail, email, fax, or in person to:
Office of International Relations
Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Fax: (714) 444-0855
Attn: Calvin D. Peeler
A complete application consists of a completed application form, and a non-refundable application fee of $100, payable by Visa, MasterCard or personal check. (Checks should be made payable to Whittier Law School. The application fee must accompany the application at the time of submission.)
It is unlikely that participation in foreign summer programs may be used to accelerate graduation. Whittier Law students interested in acceleration should consult with the Student Affairs office to review this issue in light of Standard 305, Interpretation 4. Non-Whittier students should consult with their home school.
You will be required to select your courses no later than the March 1 application deadline. For some programs, there are several course choices. In order for the Program Director to know whether all courses will be adequately subscribed, we require early registration. For your convenience, we have included on each program website course descriptions and a course plan or syllabus for each course to enable you to make your selections. This information is critical for planning the operation of our programs so that we are certain to offer courses that interest you. In the event that a course for which you have enrolled is undersubscribed, we will notify you promptly so that you can consider alternative choices. Courses with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled.
We must make early commitments of financial resources to operate our summer programs, including faculty assignments. Therefore, we will offer a very limited opportunity to add or drop a class after the registration deadline. Please consider carefully your course selections. You may change your registration until March 8 without consequence. Any request to add or drop a class(es) after March 8 will require an additional administrative fee of $25 per course.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013. Applications received after this date will be considered only if space is available.
First Tuition Deposit Deadline: March 15, 2013. $200 Deposit Due
Final Tuition Balance & Housing Payment Deadline: April 1, 2013. (If you are applying for financial aid, please advise us.)
Last day to withdraw with no tuition obligation: April 1, 2013.
Requests to withdraw must be made in writing, and submitted or postmarked on or before April 1, 2013. Notices of withdrawal received after April 1 will not be considered for tuition/fee relief. Any program participant who withdraws after April 1 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.
PLEASE NOTE: Failure to comply with a deadline will not automatically withdraw you from a program(s) to which you have applied and been admitted. Your failure to meet a defined deadline may subject you to an additional administrative fee. To request exemption from a deadline and avoid a fee, please contact the Office of International Relations.
Projected Expenses based on figures from 2011 (may vary depending upon when you purchase your ticket, the carrier, and other variables.)
|Personal Expenses||$ 1,199|
|Tuition & Fees||$ 3,700|
Please see Study Abroad – Financial Aid
Admitted students are automatically enrolled in the program(s) and counted for purposes of program plans upon submitting the signed acceptance letter. Should a student decide to withdraw from a program(s), s/he must submit in writing a “Letter of Declaration” setting forth an intention to withdraw no later than the close of business on April 1, 2013. For timely requests for withdrawal, all appropriate tuition and/or fees will be refunded within 10 business days of receipt of a letter of withdrawal. Failure to withdraw by April 1 will subject a student to tuition obligations as well as other fees the Law School has advanced on his or her behalf.
Please be advised that the Program Directors make early commitments to secure housing, purchase materials and pay for other program expenses based upon the number of participants determined shortly after the application deadline. Additionally, the Law School makes non-refundable financial commitments to faculty, program activities, and foreign hosts based upon the anticipated student tuition revenue at the time of registration. Therefore, it will not be possible for Whittier Law School to accept requests for refunds and/or relief of commitment to pay tuition or housing fees after the April 1, 2013 deadline to withdraw. A student who withdraws from a program after that date will be liable for all fees and tuition.
Please be advised that once you withdraw from a summer program, there will be a $50 fee to re-activate your application and reserve your space in the program in the event that you subsequently change your mind. We understand that a few of you may need to change your summer plans, and we are ready to assist you as best we can. We wish you all a wonderful and productive summer.
Notices of withdrawal received after April 1, 2013 will not be considered for refund or for tuition fee relief. Any program participant who withdraws after April 1, 2013 will be responsible for the full price of tuition and/or other non-refundable fees.
Whittier Law School will not refund tuition or housing fees or grant relief from these financial obligations under any circumstance after the April 1 deadline, not even in the event that a student withdraws for reasons or misfortunes beyond his or her control, e.g., academic disqualification, financial aid disqualification, medical emergencies, or any other unforeseen circumstances, etc. Therefore, it is very important that each student weigh carefully his or her decision to participate in one of Whittier Law School’s Study Abroad Programs. Since no tuition or housing fee will be refunded under any circumstance after April 1, students are encouraged to consider Tuition Insurance.
Whittier Law School reserves the right to cancel or alter the Study Abroad Programs. The programs, or specific courses advertised, are subject to cancellation if the enrollment is insufficient or if a State Department travel warning has been issued for the country or area where the program will take place. Any cancellation or material alteration of the program will be promptly communicated to all enrolled participants. In the event that Whittier Law School decides to cancel, significantly change the course offerings, or make other material changes to a program, students will be notified and given the opportunity to withdraw without financial penalty. All tuition and all fees will be promptly returned. In the event of program cancellation, the Associate Dean for International Relations will assist displaced registrants to find suitable alternative summer programs.
Students typically learn their GPA in June after all grades have been submitted and published. It is particularly important that you carefully weigh whether you should apply to a Summer Abroad program if there is an apparent risk of academic disqualification. After April 1, 2013, no one is excused from financial commitments, even when disqualified and even when student loans are cancelled.
Please be advised that if you fail to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline and subsequently learn that you are academically disqualified, we will hold you responsible for tuition fees and any other fees we cannot recover should you decide not to attend the summer abroad program. Therefore, we invite your participation. You will be welcome to take courses, participate in enrichment opportunities, and fully participate in all program activities.
Please note, however, that due to your disqualification you will be ineligible to earn law school units or credit for your participation in the courses you take abroad. If you have concerns about your plans to go abroad, please contact the Office of the Associate Dean for International Relations.
Whittier Law School reserves the right to cancel or alter the Study Abroad Programs. The programs are subject to cancellation if the enrollment is insufficient or if a State Department travel warning has been issued for the country or area where the program will take place. Any cancellation or material alteration of the program will be promptly communicated to all applicants. In the event that Whittier Law School cancels a Study Abroad Program or makes a material alteration to the academic curriculum of any program, we will promptly return all tuition and all fees. In the event of cancellation, the Associate Dean for International Relations will assist all displaced registrants to find suitable alternative summer programs.
Whittier Law School assumes no responsibility for medical care or costs, and students may be required to show proof of health insurance that covers medical expenses incurred abroad. You are advised to check with your medical insurance provider to see if your current medical insurance covers emergency medical care while overseas. If it does not, you are strongly encouraged to consider buying supplemental medical and hospital coverage for the period of your stay overseas. You might inquire with your medical provider, insurance agent or travel agent.
Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to obtain medical evacuation insurance. Such insurance may be obtained from various providers including, but not limited to, the following possible providers: Travel Assistance International, (800) 821.2828 , http://www.travelassistance.com; Global Travel Insurance, (800) 232.9145 , http://www.globaltravelinsurance.com; and Travel Insurance Services, (800) 937.1387 , http://www.travelinsure.com; The Gateway Plans http://www.gatewayplans.com; Wallach & Company Inc. http://www.wallach.com; BETiNS, (866) 552-8834 , http://www.betins.com.
Whittier Law School is usually able to secure housing accommodations for all program participants. Although most students choose to reside in the program housing, for some programs residing in program housing is not a requirement in order for you to participate in the academic program (program pages for specific requirements). However, Whittier Law School assumes no responsibility for housing you choose on your own. The program housing is also a location for occasional gatherings and posting notices and program information. If you do not live in the program housing, you will be responsible for obtaining all program information.