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China University of Political Science and Law

China University of
Political Science and Law
TypePublic research university
Established1952; 72 years ago (1952)
PresidentMa Huaide (马怀德)
Academic staff
951 (2015)
Undergraduates8,727 (2015)
Postgraduates6,110 (2015)

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

The China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL; Chinese: 中国政法大学) is a national public university in Beijing, China. It is affiliated with the Ministry of Education and co-sponsored with the Beijing Municipal People's Government. The university is part of Project 211 and the Double First-Class Construction.

The university has a strong emphasis on the research and teaching of law, politics, economics, management, sociology, history, and philosophy. CUPL has two campuses, one in Haidian as the original campus of the university, and the other located in Changping. At present, Haidian campus only conducts postgraduate education while undergraduates study on the larger Changping campus. In 2015, CUPL comprises 13 schools, with 15,833 students and 951 faculty members, of whom 290 are professors.[1] CUPL maintains a broad international exchange program, with approximately 1000 foreign students from many countries.


MBA Ceremony at Haidian Campus Dormitory
Main building of CUPL Haidian Campus

CUPL was initially established in 1952, with its name as the Beijing College of Political Science and Law, incorporating departments of law, political science, and sociology 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 maintains relationship with the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford in England, Deakin University in Australia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Washington University in St. Louis, the UIUC, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis in the United States, the University of Montreal in Canada, and National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in Singapore.

Postgraduate programs

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.

Rankings and reputation

Evaluated by the Ministry of Education, the university achieved the highest status "A+" in legal studies. It is also one of the most selective universities to enter through China's National College Entrance Exam.[2]

CUPL is consistenly ranked the best in China among universities specialized in "Political Science and Law" in the recognized Best Chinese Universities Ranking.[3]

The university consistently features in the top 10 Asia universities in "Law and Legal Studies" as ranked by the QS World University Rankings by Subjects.[4] As of 2023, it ranked 38th globally in "Law and Legal Studies" by the QS World University Rankings by Subjects.[4]

Chinese language programs

There are Chinese language programs for international students.


It has one campus in Haidian District (Xueyuan Lu Campus) and one in Changping District (Changping Campus).[5]


  • Law School
  • Civil, Commercial and Economic Law School
  • School of International Law
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • School of Political Science and Public Administration
  • School of Business
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Juris Master
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • School of Continuing Education
  • School of International Studies
  • Department of Science and Technology Teaching
  • Department of Physical Education
  • School of Sociology
  • China-EU School of Law (CESL)
  • School of Marxism
  • International Confucian Academy
  • Guangming School of Journalism and Communication
  • MBA Education Center
  • MPA Education Center

China-EU Law School

List of rectors

  • 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—May 2019
  • Ma Huaide (马怀德): May 2019—present


  1. ^ "师资队伍-中国政法大学". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  2. ^ "2013年中国大学高考招生50强". Archived from the original on 2019-04-13. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  3. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Ranking of Chinese Political Science and Law Universities". Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  4. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings for Law & Legal Studies 2022". Top Universities. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  5. ^ "Home". China University of Political Science and Law. Retrieved 2020-08-17. Xueyuan Lu Campus: 25 Xitucheng Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, China 100088 Changping Campus: 27 Fuxue Lu, Changping District, Beijing, China 102249 - Chinese address: " 海淀校区 100088 北京市海淀区西土城路25号 昌平校区 102249 北京市昌平区府学路27号 "
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