Innovative Study

Summer Study in Shanghai

Started in 1984, Willamette's one-month Summer Study in Shanghai is the oldest law school summer exchange program in China. As the premier program, it has served as a model for other study abroad programs in China. The host school, top-ranked East China University of Politics and Law, is China's leading institution in the burgeoning fields of trade and investment. It is located in the heart of Shanghai, China's largest city, leading port and commercial trade center. Students from around the world participate in the program, particularly from the United States, Australia and Canada, but also from other countries.

The program provides six hours of transferable, ABA-approved credit. CLE credit is pending. Classes are taught in English.

2015 Program: June 15 to July 12, 2015


  • Six hours of transferable, ABA-approved credit and certificate of completion from the East China University of Politics and Law.
  • Classes in Chinese Law and Institutions taught by leading Chinese and American scholars.
  • Field trips to a criminal trial, divorce or other mediation, international joint venture, and local office of an American law firm.
  • A three-day excursion to Hangzhou and a one-day excursion to Suzhou.
  • Cross-cultural participation of students from several countries.
  • Optional Chinese language and Tai Chi instruction.

Additional Information

Karen Wilkens

Summer Study in Shanghai

Willamette University College of Law

245 Winter Street SE

Salem, OR 97301

503-370-6405 voice

503-370-6375 fax


"This program is fantastic. It not only exposed us to Chinese law but to the Chinese way of life as well.”


“My stay in Shanghai was wonderful. I learned so much about the culture, people and traditions from being in their world.”