The Temple-Tsinghua Master of Laws (LLM) program welcomed its 22nd class this fall. The 15-month program, which provides Chinese legal professionals with the knowledge and skills essential to meet the changing and growing legal demands of today’s global landscape, remains the first and only full U.S. Master of Laws degree program offered in China with approval of the Ministry of Education.

This year, 46 students joined the program, including the legal director of Beijing Bytedance Technology Co., the deputy director of legal affairs of the Xiaomi Group, the director of the international communications office of the Peking University School of Dentistry, and the vice president of the Jiangsu Charity Federation. These students join a robust group of 820 Beijing LLM alumni and 92 current students.

Professor Tarrant Mahony

On September 25, the Class of 2022 gathered for a dinner in Beijing. Professor Tarrant Mahony, U.S. director of the Temple-Tsinghua LL.M. program, welcomed the group. “This program represents the fruits of the cooperation of China and the U.S.,” he said, “Our program has a very special role to play. In addition, our students can help as ambassadors to bridge in both legal and culture worlds.”

After Professor Mahony’s remarks, students had the opportunity to talk with each other and learn from the distinguished alumni in attendance.

Liu Chi, LLM ’88, partner with JunZeJun law firm, and well-recognized international lawyer in China, shared the importance of wellness and logical thinking. “Law school students are always so busy studying and working, our students don’t always have time to exercise,” he said. “Working out helps you prepare for the intensive study, and at the same time, logical thinking helps you deal with foreign language study.”

“This program has delivered more than what we ever expected,” said Wang Zhengzhi, LLM ’03, partner in Globe-Law Law Firm and a top intellectual property lawyer in China. “Listening is of great importance, and this program actually invited creative ideas from students and acted upon them to create the second-to-none program that exists today.”

Liu Chi LLM ’88
Wang Zhengzhi LLM ’03

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