US-Asia Institute Szymanski Rule of Law 5th Annual Program

The US-Asia Institute Szymanski Rule of Law Program in China is an award-winning two-week program designed to provide US law students with unparalleled exposure to the Chinese governmental and legal systems.

If you are chosen for the program, you will take part in exclusive conversations with influential actors in China’s governmental, legal, and commercial sectors; network with legal professionals at top Chinese firms and international businesses; and observe government and legal proceedings few are ever able to witness firsthand. Finally, by participating, you will be joining a 100+ strong international community of elite American and Chinese law student alumni and friends of the American and Chinese Rule of Law programs.

TRAVEL AND FEES: We arrange and cover lodging, local travel, and some meals in China. We also provide each fellow a ~$1,500 stipend to help them cover their US-China airfare and personal expenses. Three top Chinese universities generally serve as hosts: Peking University School of Transnational Law (in Shenzhen), Tsinghua University (in Beijing), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (in Shanghai). Program participants stay on or near campus as a base for that city and to get an inside view of legal education in China.

SCHEDULE: Fellows should arrive in Hong Kong by Sun May 17, 2020 and depart (usually from Beijing) Sat May 30. Participants will have a distinct selection of meetings in each of the host cities: Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai.

ELIGIBILITY: Each cohort will be comprised of up to six US law students. Past fellows have come from Cornell, Duke, GWU (5), UMich, UPenn, UVA (4), & Yale (3). In order to participate in the program, you must:
• Be a US Citizen
• Be currently pursuing an American law degree
• Have an interest in Chinese law and/or US-China relations
• Have demonstrated conversational proficiency in Mandarin (The majority of our meetings are in English, though Mandarin may be used by certain hosts.)

APPLICATION: Apply by Wednesday, January 1st by sending your Résumé, a Statement of Interest (~300-500 words, max 1 page), and a brief (~1 minute) personal introduction video (in Chinese) to Nate Conrad at Finalists will be contacted for a follow-up interview over Skype.

CONTACT: For more info, please visit or contact The program is also underwritten by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (