Beijing Normal University (BNU) Law School is one of the most dynamic faculties in Beijing Normal University – a well-known university with a hundred-year history in China. Its precursors were a law major established by the Department of Philosophy in 1995, the Department of Law established in 2002, and the Criminal Law Science Research Institute established in 2005. It culminated with the formal establishment of BNU Law School in 2006. The current Dean is Professor LU Jianping, who is the executive Vice Chairman of the International Association of Criminal Law in China, Vice Chairman of the China Criminal Law Research Association, and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Society of Criminology.
Although BNU Law School does not have a long history, it has made remarkable progress. For instance, it was ranked 8th in Mainland China and 21st in Asia in the QS University Rankings in 2017. BNU Law School is also a member of the first batch of Excellent Education Training Bases for legal talents in China.
BNU Law School has been attaching great importance to building a competitive faculty portfolio. At present, the faculty consists of several capable and creative lecturers and scholars. As of April 2018, among our full-time professors, there are 3 “Outstanding Youth Jurists” and 1 “Cheung Kong Scholar Chair Professor”. Currently, there are 40 Professors, 36 Associate Professors and 10 Assistant Professors. More than 20% of our teachers have obtained a doctoral degree overseas.
BNU Law School is a doctoral degree-granting unit (first-level discipline) with complete major categories. It has formed a three-level talent training pattern providing comprehensive training programs for undergraduates, postgraduates (including Master and Doctoral students), and other legal trainees at various levels. At present, there are 7 teaching centers, 15 research centers and 4 criminal law exchange centers.
BNU Law School puts a premium on international student exchanges. For instance, it has signed cooperation agreements with more than 40 universities and institutions in the United States, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Canada. Among them, BNU Law School runs exchange and summer programs with more than 10 European and American universities, such as the University of Oxford, Aberdeen University, Emory University, and University of Toulouse. Furthermore, BNU Law School has a master’s program in Chinese Law and has launched the International E-Commerce Law Joint Certificate Program with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. By recruiting and training foreign students, BNU Law School is committed to creating a diverse cultural environment for faculty members and students alike.
In the phase of leap-frog development, BNU Law School relies on Beijing Normal University, a well-known university at home and abroad. We will adhere to the school motto of “morality can cultivate talent, law can master the world” and stick to our development characteristics, which include a high starting point, research-based orientation and internationalization. Most importantly, BNU Law School will focus on cultivating outstanding talents in legal practice and high-end research talents in law, as well as commit itself to becoming a nationally honored and internationally recognized teaching and research institution for law.