China University of Political Science and Law

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China University of Political Science and Law
Motto “law and virtue in mind, to inquire for the sake of mankind”
Established 1952
President Huang Jin
Academic staff
Students 21,325
Location Beijing, [ChangPing & Haidian], China

China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL; Chinese: 中国政法大学; pinyin: Zhóngguó Zhèngfǎ Dàxué) is a university in Beijing, People's Republic of China. CUPL is ranked at 151-200 by the 2015 QS BRICS university ranking.[1] CUPL has two campuses, one in Haidian, which is the original campus of the university, and the other located in Changping, Beijing. The university's Haidian campus now hosts postgraduate students only, while undergraduates study at a much larger campus in Changping District, in the outer suburbs of Beijing. It is the largest institute in the world for legal education.

At present, CUPL comprises 12 schools, with 21,325 students and more than 1,400 faculty members, of whom 342 are professors and associate professors. CUPL maintains a broad international exchange program, with approximately 600 foreign students from 14 countries.


CUPL was initially established in 1952, with its official name Peking College of Political Science and Law and combined departments of law, political science, sociology and other subjects of Peking University, Yenching University, Fu Jen Catholic University and Tsinghua University. The prestigious scholar Ch'ien Tuan-Sheng (钱端升), who was educated at Harvard University and regarded as the founder of modern political science in China, was appointed as the first president. But after the outbreak of Cultural Revolution CUPL was greatly affected. CUPL had been stopped during Cultural Revolution. Ch'ien died of illness in 1990.

In 1983, under the policy of Central People's Government to develop the college quickly and make it the center of politics and law education in China, BCPSL was renamed as the China University of Political Science and Law. The Changping campus was a part of the State's Seventh Five-Year-Plan in 1985.

Under the motto of "Cherish the Moral, Understand the Law, Know the World, Serve the Public"; CUPL made its contribution to the development of legal education and training in China. It was the first university to establish specialties such as Legal History, Civil and Commercial Law, Economic Law, Procedure Law and Comparative Law in the PRC. It also contributed to the education and promotion of Roman law in China. With over 100,000 graduates in the past 50 years who have become the elites of law enforcement and practitioners in China, CUPL has developed a niche for the enactment and enforcement of law in China. Furthermore, it became prominent in other public affairs in China, among which members of the faculty and student body played an active role in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 demanding democracy and rule of law.

To face the challenge of globalization, CUPL developed joint programs with international partners. CUPL provided the first opportunity to study Chinese law in Beijing with an American Bar Association-approved program inaugurated in 1995 by the Duquesne University School of Law. In 2008, an exchange program was formed with Fordham University School of Law.

CUPL also conducts an exchange program with the University of Exeter and University of Oxford in England, Deakin University in Australia, the University of California, Davis School of Law, the University of Montreal in Canada, and National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in Singapore.

Postgraduate Programs[edit]

CUPL also offers two LLM programs and a PhD program for international students in English. One of them is based in Changping and is with the China-EU University. This is an EU funded course, and its main focus is on educating Chinese students on EU law.

There is another LLM program at Haidian campus, in downtown Beijing, which is aimed at International students to learn about Chinese law. There is also a PhD programs in English at Haidian campus. These are flexible and taught entirely in English. They include the option to study Mandarin, and gain law work experience in Beijing and other cities in China.

These postgraduate programs are also open as a semester program to international students from any institution around the world who would like to study at CUPL for one semester.

Chinese Language Programs[edit]

There are Chinese language programs for international students. These are 8,000 RMB per semester, or 16,000 RMB per year. Students can also stay in accommodation on campus which is 1,000 RMB per year.


  • Law School
  • CCE Law School
  • International Law School
  • Criminal Justice School
  • School of Politics and Public Administration
  • Business School
  • School of Sociology
  • Literature and Arts School
  • School of Marxism
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • School of Journalism & Communication
  • College of Comparative Law
  • College of International Studies

China-EU Law School[edit]

List of rectors[edit]

  • Qian Duansheng (钱端升): August 1952—1958
  • Cao Haibo (曹海波): March 1979—December 1982
  • Liu Fuzhi (刘复之): February 1983—December 1984
  • Zou Yu (邹瑜): December 1984—June 1988
  • Jiang Ping (江平): June 1988—February 1990
  • Chen Guangzhong (陈光中): May 1992—March 1994
  • Yang Yonglin (杨永林): March 1994—September 2001
  • Xu Xianming (徐显明): September 2001—February 2009
  • Huang Jin(黄进): February 2009-


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°57′50″N 116°20′41″E / 39.9638°N 116.3447°E / 39.9638; 116.3447