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Brief Introduction

Founded in 1950 and located in Beijing, Renmin University of China (RUC) remains best known for excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Renmin Law School stands as one of RUC,s most acclaimed schools. The current Dean of the Law School is Professor WANG Yi.

After its founding in 1950, Renmin Law School became the first institution of higher legal education in the People,s Republic of China and,as such, is dubbed as the "cradle" nurturing China,s most outstanding jurists. Leading the Law School,s list of many honors, Renmin Law School got the National May First Labor Merit Award in the 1998, which was the first such award granted by the Ministry of Education to an institution of higher education.

Renmin Law School inherited the vaunted tradition of the former Chaoyang University when the two schools merged shortly after the founding of the PRC. Established in 1912, Chaoyang University became so synonymous with legal practice in China that the saying went, "no Chaoyang, no courts".

Chaoyang University,s legacy of producing nationally recognized jurists endures in the Renmin Law School of today where students and faculty continue to lead the development of China,s legal system. Since 1950, more than 20,000 students have graduated from Renmin Law School, while more than 300,000 jurists have received training from the Law School as continuing education students, judges, procurators, lawyers, university faculty members, and civil servants. A significant number of alumni have become leaders in advancing China,s rule of law as government officials, judges, academics, public interest and corporate lawyers.

At present, Renmin Law School educates more than 3,000 students annually with graduate students accounting for approximately 80% of the student body. The Law School confers undergraduate (LL.B.) and graduate degrees (LL.D. and LL.M.) in all secondary disciplines of law, including one national first-level key discipline and four national second-level key disciplines. Renmin Law School also offers a Bachelor,s Degree in Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property Rights. Authorized by the State Council of China, the Law School established the nations first post-doctoral research center covering all doctoral subject areas.

Renmin Law Schools 43 research institutes carry-out numerous projects of national and international importance. These research institutes include two Ministry of Education sponsored humanities and social science research centers, the Research Center for Criminal Jurisprudence, the Research Center of Civil & Commercial Jurisprudence, and the RUC Center for Disabled Persons Law & Legal Services. Renmin Law Schools expansive library houses have more than 300,000 volumes, including over 50,000 foreign language sources. There are over 1,300 Chinese and 3,000 foreign law journals available to students, faculty and visiting scholars. Renmin Law School edits and publishes the nation,s leading law journal, the "Jurists, Review", as well as the "RUC Law Review" and the "Chaoyang Law Review". The Law School also publishes an internationally distributed English law journal, "Frontiers of Law in China", which connects an English readership with the swiftly shifting trends that define Chinas contemporary legal landscape. In efforts to make our scholarship more readily available to an increasingly internet-based society, the Law School runs a nationally recognized website entitled "China Civil & Commercial Law".

Endowed with many of legal academias leading minds, Renmin Law School faculty members include not only influential senior jurists recognized at home and abroad, but also a host of younger academics actively advancing the boundaries of legal research and pedagogy. As part of the Law Schools ongoing commitment to serving the public good, our professors have advised the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee. Scores of other faculty members lead students in legislative redrafting and public interest work.

Over the past six decades, Renmin Law School has made lasting contributions to the development of legal education and rule of law in China. Renmin Law School prepares students not only to master the minutiae of the law, but also to lead as global citizens ready and be able to tackle some of the world,s most challenging problems. With an ethos of service and academic rigor underpinning the work of our dedicated administration, faculty, staff and student body, Renmin Law School advances as a first-class legal center gaining recognition around the globe.

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