McGill/Shantou Summer Law Program

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce that the next McGill/Shantou Summer Law Program will be offered in May 2017, thanks to the generosity of the Li Ka Shing Foundation (Canada). This program, offered in partnership with the Shantou University Law School (Guangdong Province, China), is an exciting opportunity for McGill and Shantou law students to learn together and from each other about contemporary issues in Chinese and Canadian law.

The intensive two-week program is offered annually in the month of May/June and alternates between Shantou and Montreal. The teaching faculty comes from the Faculties of Law at McGill and Shantou University. Students from McGill receive 3 credits for the successfully completed course.

Applications are now closed.

This year the program will be offered in Montreal, May 15-26, 2017

Program Objectives

The joint program brings together students and professors from McGill and Shantou University (STU). The program aspires to offer students a forum to gain a nuanced understanding of each other’s political, social, and legal institutions, cultures and traditions, in a collaborative fashion. The overarching goal of the program is to foster a community of young Chinese and Canadian jurists with an interest in transnational law and governance, and to prepare them for legal practice in a globalized economy.

Program Structure

The 2017 edition of the program, which will introduce STU and McGill students, respectively, to the Canadian and Chinese legal systems and institutions, has a special focus on sustainable development and environmental law, and will allow students to explore multiples concerns in relation to this theme that are pertinent to both societies.

Up to fourteen McGill students and fourteen STU students will participate in the program. The classes are taught in English and offer students selected readings, lectures, factual case studies and many occasions for discussion and comparisons. A portion of the classes are taught separately, with McGill faculty teaching STU students and STU faculty teaching McGill students. In addition, several joint sessions bringing together McGill and STU students and instructors allow for trans-systemic and cross-cultural exchange. The program also includes joint visits to courts, and other institutions, as well as cultural and social activities and a weekend excursion to Québec City.  A detailed schedule of classes and other activities will be available in the spring.

The academic component of the program will take place between Monday, May 15 and Friday, May 26, 2017. As this is an intensive course, with academic, cultural and social components, participating students must plan to be available on a full time basis for the two-week period. Students are also expected to participate in an overnight visit to Quebec City during the May 20-21 weekend, as well as some activities on weeknights. Some activities may take place on Victoria Day (May 22, 2017).

McGill students will be evaluated by way of various assignments and presentations. The course, worth 3 law credits, is graded Pass/Fail. A more detailed course outline will be provided in the spring.

This year’s edition of the Program has the bonus of coinciding with Montreal’s 375th anniversary.  To celebrate this very special event the city of Montreal has organized various activities which participating students will be able to enjoy as a group.


McGill students who meet the following criteria are welcome to apply:

  1. are registered in the Faculty of Law in the undergraduate (BCL/LLB) degree for winter 2017; and
  2. have completed their first year of law studies in the Faculty, or will have completed it by May 2017.

Application Process 

To apply, use the online application form (now closed for 2017) where you will be asked to supply:

  1. A letter of intent – to be written in the provided field of the application. Your letter should indicate: (1) why you want to participate in the program; (2) your interest in Asian Studies; (3) how you plan to turn this opportunity into further action; and (4) any other relevant information.  Also add whether you have taken a course on the Chinese legal system in the past. If you have, please provide relevant information (course description, length & method of evaluation; offering institution, year it was taken, etc.);
  1. Latest McGill transcript (in PDF format) to be uploaded within application form;
  1. Recent Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format) to be uploaded within application form.

The application deadline is Monday, February 20, 2017, 15:00.

Selection Process

Participating students will be selected by a committee of three people. Candidates may be interviewed. Decisions will be made based on the file as a whole (including the letter of intent) and academic ability. The selection committee will also endeavour to choose a group of students that represent the diversity of the Faculty's student body.

Further Information

For further information, please email [at] (subject: McGill%20%2F%20Shantou%20Summer%20Program%20in%20Law) (Ms Des Sitaras), Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Law Li Ka Shing Initiative Programs, McGill University.

In the media

Focus online: Summer in Shantou (September 2014)

McGill Newsroom: Building bridges across the Pacific (12 September 2013)

Focus online: Summer Program forges new links in China (Fall 2010 edition).