Doctor of Philosophy in Law Study Plan

Ⅰ.Duration of Study

This Program is applicable to the PhD candidates matriculated in the 2011-12 academic year onwards. The normal study period for this program is 3 years and the maximum study period is 5 years. In general, the duration of taking taught courses is 12 months.

Ⅱ. Major

Legal Theory, History of Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Civil Law and Business Law,, Criminal Law, Economic Law, International Law, Legal Procedure, Environmental and Natural Resources Protection Law

Ⅲ. Study Mode

Lectures

Ⅳ.Medium of Intruction

Chinese and English

Ⅴ.Course Structure

Table 1:Core

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Legal Philosophy

3

45

Core

 

2

Constitutional Law and The Basic Law

3

45

Core

 

3

Legal Culture Studies

3

45

Core

 

Table 2:Elective

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Comparative Law

2

30

Elective

 

2

Hot Topics in Law

2

30

Elective

 

3

Social Science Research Methodology

2

30

Elective

 

Table 3: Major Core Legal Theory

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Legal Theory (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Legal Theory (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

History of Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in History of Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in History of Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Constitutional and Administrative Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Constitutional and Administrative Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Constitutional and Administrative Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Civil Law and Business Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Civil Law and Business Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Civil Law and Business Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Criminal Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Criminal Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Criminal Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Economic Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Economic Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Economic Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

International Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in International Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in International Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Legal Procedure

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Legal Procedure (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Legal Procedure (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Environmental and Natural Resources Protection Law

No

Course Title

Credit

Hours

Core/ Elective

Remark

1

Special Topic in Environmental and Natural Resources Protection Law (1)

3

45

Major-Core

 

2

Special Topic in Environmental and Natural Resources Protection Law (2)

3

45

Major-Core

 

Table 4:Other Requirements

No

Course Title

Requirement

Type

Credit

Remark

1

Reading Reports

Three reports in the first three terms respectively

Core

3

1 credits per report.

2

Published Articles

Publish two papers of no less than 10,000 words

Core

6

3 credits per paper.

3

Academic Activities

Minimum of six times

Core

3

0.5 credits per time. Students are required to submit a report for every activity.

4

Annual Papers

Two annual papers. Each contains no less than 5,000 words

Core

6

3 credits per paper.

Ⅵ. Teaching Arrangements:

1. Students are required to take three core courses (Table 1), two out of the three elective courses and two major courses during the first year of study. These courses are taught by means of teaching, seminars and supervised reading.

2. Students must submit a paper or research report at the end of each course. The result will be evaluated in accordance to class discussion, paper or research report, etc.

3. Students must submit an annual paper in both their first and second academic year.

4. In principle, topic of the dissertation shall be submitted by the end of the first academic year of study.

5. Students write their dissertations during the second and third academic year of study.

6. In general, classes will be arranged from Monday to Friday night(19:00-22:00).

Ⅶ. Teaching Requirements:

1. Students must successfully complete the general compulsory courses and elective courses in accordance to the regulation from the University and pass the exams.

2. Students must successfully complete all of the core courses for major and pass the exams.

3. Students must carry out empirical research on issues correlated to their dissertation.

4. Students must complete other requirements in the study plan.

Ⅷ. Dissertation Requirements:

1. Students are not permitted to start their dissertation writing until they have obtained 9 credits from the courses in Table 1, 4 credits from the courses in Table 2, 6 credits from the courses in Table 3, totally 19 credits,. The period for writing dissertation is approximately 24 months. The period for writing together with revising dissertation should not be less than 20 months.

2. The selection of dissertation topic shall be carried out under the supervision of tutor and confirmed by the panel of opening report organized by Faculty of Law. The students cannot start writing dissertation without the approval of the panel.

3. To complete a PhD dissertation containing no less than 10,000 words and have an oral defense of dissertation after the approval of dissertation evaluation committee organized by Faculty of Law.

4. To defend dissertation successfully.

5. Dissertation accounts 10 credits. The grading system takes on pass/fail basis.

Ⅸ.Application for the Program:

1. By obtaining 47 credits and successfully defending the dissertation, students may apply for the PhD degree.

2. Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Master/Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

1.) completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period*

2.) abided by the regulations of the University

3.) cleared all fees and charges and returned all University property and equipment borrowed

* Students admitted from the academic year 2017/2018 onwards are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (excluding thesis/dissertation) in order to graduate.

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