CHENGDU, XI’AN, AND BEIJING, CHINA; SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Summer 2019 (May 14– June 7, 2019)
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 Women’s University.
The touring includes:
- ChengDu University of Technology (CDUT) Law School, including joint instruction and a joint practical exercise with CDUT law students.
- CDUT Dinosaur & Archeology Museum, including the largest dinosaur ever found in Asia.
- Wolong National Panda Reserve
- The Leshan Buddha in Leshan, China
- Jin Li Street
- The Terra Cotta Warriors Museum in Xian
- Shanxi History Museum
- Xian City Wall Bicycle Tour
- Jingshan Park
- Beijing Drum Tower
- Beijing Capital School of Economics, including joint instruction and a joint practical exercise with Capital law students
- Tiananmen Square
- The Forbidden City
- The Lama Temple
- Chinese Acrobat Show
- The Summer Palace
- The Old Summer Palace
- The Temple of Heaven
- A Tai-Chi Lesson
- The Great Wall Mutianyu Section with ski lift up and luge down.
- Beijing Olympic Park
- The Korean War Museum
- 8th Army Staff Judge Advocate’s Visit
- The DMZ
- The US Embassy in Seoul
- Itaewon, Seoul (optional)
- Korean baseball game (optional)
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 2018, 7 JD & LLM students from MC Law participated in the program. In 2017 there were 15 MC students and in 2016 there were 8.
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 726 – Criminal Law - International and Comparative Perspectives (3 credit hours) – Professor Richard Meyer. This course will meet May 15 – June 1, 2018
This course will introduce students to the fields of International Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Law. Additionally, it will look for commonalities of jurisprudence among international and domestic systems of criminal law. Grades will be based upon a single comprehensive final exam.
- Law 783 – Status of Forces Agreement Seminar (1 credit hour) – Dean Jim Rosenblatt. This course will meet June 3 – 8, 2018.
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 they adapt the agreements to deal with changed circumstances and conditions to avoid renegotiation of the agreements.
All Standard MC Law rules for class attendance, participation and grading will apply to these two courses. Please refer to the MC Law 2018 – 2019 Academic Year Catalog for details. This catalog is available online at law.mc.edu; Grades will be determined by final exams and class participation.
MC Law does not anticipate that the program will be canceled. However, in the unfortunate event that cancellation occurs, MC Law will refund all tuition and registration fees within 20 days of cancellation. We will also refund any portion of the administrative fee that has not been irrevocably committed to a third party. We will also provide assistance 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.), after a student has signed up to the program, 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 with the exception of those funds that have been irrevocably committed to a third party..
Facilities, Housing, and Meals
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,
Chengdu, China 610000
For Citadine Central Xian
No. 36 Zhubashi Road
Xi’an, China 710002
Tel. +86 29-8576-1188
For the Pentahotel Beijing:
3-18 Chongwenmenwai Street
Beijing 100062 China
Tel: +86 10 67081188
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
Tuition, Fees, and Costs
- MC Law tuition for 4 credit hours: $4,516 (1L tuition).
- Travel and Administrative Fees: $3,150 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 Chengdu and home from Seoul: $1200-$2000
- Optional (but highly recommended) trip health insurance: $100 – $200
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.
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 monies 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.
Professor Richard Meyer