The undergraduate legal education is aimed to provide basic training for legal professionals who may support and facilitate the development of state and society. To cater to the needs of a changing society, adjusting current education goals and methods is one of the main tasks the college is taking. Thus, the combination of substantive and procedural laws is especially emphasized, and the curricula are designed to meet this need. More and not less important is the integration of continental European Law and Anglo-American Law, which is another main focus in terms of curriculum design in order to raise the standard of legal education and to enrich legal research perspectives.
The Department of Law is separated into three Divisions: Legal Science, Judicial Administration, and Economic and Financial Law. However, after years of evolution, there has no significant difference and necessity to differ among the three divisions. Each student enrolled before 2012 has to complete a minimum of 150 credits to receive a law degree (LL.B.). Since 2013, the Department of Law abolished the individual compulsory courses of each division and kept the three-division joint compulsory courses. In addition, the Department of Law reduced the minimum credits to receive a degree from 150 to 136 in order to facilitate in-depth study.
The Graduate Institute of Law offers both the LL.M. and Ph.D. in Law programs. The LL.M. Program is separated into several Divisions: Fundamental Legal Study, Public Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Financial and Tax Law, Economic Law, International Law and Commercial Law division. The minimum course requirement for the master program is 24 credits; each student has to pass the oral defense to receive the master of laws (LL.M.). The minimum course requirement for the Ph.D. program is 18 credits; each student has to pass a qualification exam and the oral defense to fulfill the degree requirements.
The aim of the Graduate Institute is to train advanced legal researchers. In recent years, the College of Law has been making great efforts to promote both the quality and quantity of our researches. The College of Law has been expanding the library collection of publications and journals in Chinese and foreign languages in order to meet the needs of teaching and researching. In addition, it continues to enhance the mechanism for academic paper publication and encourage the faculty members and students to organize academic seminars more frequently to exchange knowledge and increase a sense of bonding.
Furthermore, for the purpose of encouraging students to study courses in specific areas systematically and enhancing students’ professional competence and competitiveness, the Department of Law in the light of needs for specific legal expertise cultivation or legal profession market development appoints specific curriculums to compose nine specialized courses in law and awards students the certificate of specialized courses.