I spent my third year studying in East China University of Political Science and Law. Before heading over I had spent a year studying Mandarin and getting to know my Chinese classmates, and I was well prepared for any cultural or language challenges I faced when I arrived.
ECUPL is one of the top rated Law Schools in China and is a fantastic university to study in. I studied in the Graduate School with some excellent lecturers and all of our classes took place through English. As part of the course I was able to study unique subjects like Commercial Arbitration and Chinese Company Law which really benefited me in my Final Year in UCC.
Living in Shanghai also brought with it some unique experiences, from celebrating National Tomb Sweeping Day to meeting the Taoiseach on his Trade Mission in China. On days off, I took the opportunity to travel around Asia, and visited Indonesia, Beijing and Hong Kong among other fascinating places.
My exchange year studying in ECUPL was the first part of an overall LL.M degree in International Economic Law. When I graduated from UCC, I was able to apply to complete the remaining credits of the LL.M. I first completed a work placement with a commercial law firm in Dublin where I gained exposure to a vast array of interesting and challenging work with international clients. The final requirement is writing a thesis which I am currently working on. I will be returning to Shanghai to finish writing it supervised by a professor in ECUPL and all going well I will graduate at the start of the summer.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have studied and gain an LL.M from a Chinese University. No other university in Ireland offers such a chance for students. For those looking for a year abroad with a difference, I can’t recommend the placement in ECUPL enough.
Aidan Burke, BCL (International) graduate