China and South Korea

Chengdu, Xi’an, and Beijing, China; Seoul, South Korea

Summer 2017 (May 17– June 9, 2017)

In China, students will spend 3 days in Chengdu, 2 days in Xi’an, and 8 days in Beijing participating in class and extensive touring.  The group will then fly to Seoul, South Korea for 11 days on the campus of Sookmyung University.

Who Can Participate

The program is open to full-time or part-time J.D. and LL.M. students, including international students, enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Participating J.D. students must have attended law school for at least one year and currently be in good standing.

In 2015, eleven students from MC Law participated in the China and South Korea Program.  In 2016, eight students from MC Law participated in the China and South Korea Program.

Academics

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn 4 credit hours from the following two courses. All participating students will take both courses.

  • Law 730 – Jurisprudence (3 credit hours) – Professor Richard Meyer. This course will meet May 17 – June 2, 2017

This course addresses issues concerning to the nature of law and its foundations. Is law based on morality or economic efficiency? Is law just a form of politics relating to class, race, or gender? Students will be introduced to the answers to these questions posed by the major schools of jurisprudence including natural law theory, legal positivism, legal realism, law and economics, critical legal studies, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and postmodern legal theory. When taught as a study abroad course, the course will have a comparative focus, including the study of jurisprudential principles of Confucianism (Asian Law), Tribal Law, and Sharia Law (Islamic Law). Students will explore the formative relationship between the history and culture and the legal philosophy associated with each of these traditions of jurisprudence.

  • Law 783 – Status of Forces Agreement Seminar (1 credit hour) – Dean Jim Rosenblatt. This course will meet June 5 – 10, 2016.

This seminar will focus on the international agreements used when the United States stations its forces in another country. Students will examine how these agreements are administered using the Status of Forces Agreement negotiated with Germany and Korea as the primary teaching vehicles. The seminar will examine how signatories work within the agreements to satisfy the needs of each signatory and how the adapt the agreements to deal with changed circumstances and conditions to avoid renegotiation of the agreements.

Dean Rosenblatt’s biography can be found here. Professor Meyer’s biography can be found here.

All Standard MC Law rules for class attendance, participation and grading will apply to these two courses. Please refer to the MC Law 2016 – 2017 Academic Year Catalog for details. This catalog is available online at law.mc.edu Grades will be determined by final exams and class participation.

Cancellation Policy

MC Law does not anticipate that the program will be cancelled. However, in the unfortunate event that cancellation occurs, MC Law will refund all monies paid within 20 days of cancellation.

If there are any changes to significant aspects of the program (classes offered, teachers, dates, etc) these will be communicated promptly and students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and obtain a full refund of monies paid to MC Law for the program.

Facilities

In Chengdu, students will be housed at the Yidong International Hotel. In Xi’an students will stay at the Citadines Central Xi’an Hotel.  While in Beijing, students will be housed at the Pentahotel.  These hotels are each well-situated and surrounded by ample dining, shopping, and cultural opportunities.  Free wireless internet is available in all rooms and the hotel lobby.  Daily breakfast is included with the program. Several other meals will also be included and the itinerary will be updated to include those meals once it is finalized. There are many reasonable dining options close to the hotel and a modest food budget of $10-15 per day is sufficient.

Contact information for hotels in China:

For Yindong International Hotel:

No. 1, 3 Road, Erxian Bridge East,
Chenghua District
Chengdu, China 610000
Tel. +86-28-6556-111

For Citadine Central Xian

No. 36 Zhubashi Road
Beilin District
Xi’an, China 710002
Tel. +86 29-8576-1188

for the Pentahotel Beijing:

3-18 Chongwenmenwai Street
Dongcheng District
Beijing 100062 China
Tel: +86 10 67081188
http://www.pentahotels.com/en/hotels/pekph-beijing/hotelinformation/

In Seoul, the program will be held on the campus of Sookmyung University.  Lodging will be provided in the Sookindang facility which is a self-contained upscale dormitory.  Sookindang is similar to a large apartment with five bedrooms (shared by students of the same gender), a full kitchen, living and dining areas, computer room, laundry facilities, and a large balcony overlooking downtown Seoul.  Wireless internet is available in the apartment.  Sookmyung University is located in the heart of Seoul in an eclectic university neighborhood boasting many options for dining, shopping, and entertainment.  Students are responsible for all meals while in Seoul.  Meals may be prepared in the apartment, and there are many reasonable dining options in close proximity.  A modest budget of $10-$20 per day is sufficient.  Students must check out of the apartment by Sunday, June 13, 2015.

Contact information for Sookmyung University:

Office of International Affairs
Administration Building, #503
Hyochang won Road 52,
Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-742, Korea
+82 2 710 9352
http://e.sookmyung.ac.kr/index.jsp

Program Costs

  • MC Law tuition for 4 credit hours:  $4148 for students completing their second year of law school and $4,272 for students completing their first year of law school.  Visiting students will be charged at the first year student rate.
  • Travel and Administrative Fees: $2800 to cover housing in China and Korea, flights from Chengdu to Xi’an and Beijing to Seoul, train from Xi’an to Beijing, several meals, administrative fees, and extensive touring.
  • Textbooks: $100
  • Food: $350 – $500
  • Miscellaneous/personal expenses: $200 – $500
  • Round trip travel to Beijing and home from Seoul: $1200-$2000
  • Optional (but highly recommended) trip health insurance: $100 – $200

Travel Information

Traveling to and from Asia:
Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel to Chengdu, China and home from Seoul, South Korea. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted into the program. Travel between program locations will be arranged for students and is included in the cost of the program. Students will fly with the group from Chengdu to Xi’an, take a train from Xi’an to Beijing, and a flight from Beijing to Seoul, but these arrangements will be made by program administrators.

Travel Advisories

U.S. Department of State consular information sheets for China and South Korea are available on the Department of State’s Website (www.travel.state.gov). Please check it periodically for updates. In the unlikely event that China or South Korea is declared an “area of instability” by the U.S. government before or during the trip, or if the U.S. issues a “travel warning,” students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and will receive a full refund of moneys paid to MC Law.
The U.S. Department of the State recommends (but does not require) U.S. citizens to register trips with them. MC Law will register all participants with the State Department prior to the program.
Visas are required for travel to China. MC Law program administrators will assist you in obtaining the visa. Visas are not needed for travel to Korea.

Travel and health insurance is strongly recommended for students participating in the program. There are various providers with the cost, depending on the coverage purchased, ranging from approximately $100 to $200. Travel Guard (http://www.travelguard.com) is one such provider, as is iNext (www.inext.com). Your policy should, at a minimum, cover medical expenses, travel interruption/cancellation and repatriation.

Cancellation Policy

MC Law does not anticipate the program will be cancelled. However, in the unfortunate event that cancellation occurs, MC Law will refund all monies paid within 20 days of cancellation, and assistance will be provided in finding a similar study abroad program if so desired.
If there are any changes to significant aspects of the program (classes offered, teachers, dates, etc.) these will be communicated promptly and students will be permitted to withdraw from the program and obtain a full refund of monies paid to MC Law for the program.

CONTACT & APPLY

Professor Richard Meyer
Phone: 601.925.7141
Email: meyer@mc.edu

Ms. Brenda Guy
Faculty Assistant
Phone: 601-925-7140
Email: bguy@mc.edu