Introduction

The law education has been an integral part of Central South University (CSU) since 1990s. In 1993, the formerly-known Central South University of Technology established Law Faculty with a LLB program in economic law. In April 2000, Central South University was founded on the basis of the amalgamation of three former individual universities, namely Central South University of Technology, Hunan Medical University and Changsha Railway University. In May 2002, shortly after foundation of CSU, the School of Law was established with the integration of strengths of the three founding universities. The very first Dean was Prof. QI Duojun, a prestigious economic law scholar and the Vice-President of Chinese Economic Law Institute. Currently, Prof. CHEN Yunliang is Dean of the School, and Dr. Wang Xinping is the Secretary of Party Committee in the School. 

The School has over 60 full-time academic and research staff, including 21 professors, 17 associate professors and 16 lecturers. Among which, one is the Vice-President of China Law Society, one is the member of National Guidance Commission on Higher Education, and three are selected in the New-Century Excellent Talent Support Plan by Ministry of Education. More than 85% of staff have a doctoral degree and half have oversea education background. In addition, the School has invited a large group of renowned scholars as academic advisors and adjunct professors, including LUO Haocai, GUO Daohui, LI Buyun, JIANG Bixin and WU Zhipan. The School has about 630 undergraduate students as well as 760 graduate students. 

The School has both doctoral and master programs at primary discipline level and the postdoctoral research stations. Since December 2011, the discipline of law at the School has been a key construction discipline of the provincial “12th Five-Year Plan” in Hunan. In April 2011, the School founded the Intellectual Property Institute along with Hunan Intellectual Property Institute, which was recognized as the key provincial-level philosophy and social science research base in Hunan in May 2012. Also, the School ranks top 10 in the numbers of the research projects supported by Chinese National Social Science Foundation and ranks top 20 in publication of high-quality research papers. According to the Chinese Universities Competitiveness Ranking by Wuhan University in 2014, the School was among the top 20 universities which was rated as 5 *.

The School endeavors to strengthen legal education of both academic and career oriented students and innovates in practical teaching mode, in order to cultivate well-rounded, practical legal talents. The School has cooperated with courts, procuratorate offices, law firms and established 28 teaching bases for legal practice, where well-experienced lawyers, judges and arbitrators teach in both undergraduate and graduate courses and provide professional guidance for career. The School was enlisted of the first batch of National Excellent Legal Talents Training Base in 2012, and the first batch of the 10 Education Practice Bases for College Students, an undergraduate teaching project supported by Chinese Ministry of Education in 2013. 

The School prides itself on its pragmatic focus and has played a significant role in advising provincial and local legislation, so as to promote the rule of law in Hunan. And the staff have researched into cutting-edged issues like the development of rule of law in China, the regulation of basic medical services, as well as public interest litigation and environment protection. Those research projects have been funded as priority by Chinese National Social Science Foundation and Chinese Ministry of Education. The School has successfully hosted series of academic events including “Nan Yue Forum-Rule of Law in Public Administration” for five consecutive years, and the first conference of “Xiang Jiang Forum- Rule of Law in China”. Also, the School has released the Chinese Law Enforcement Report.

The School has publications of high quality, including Folk Law (CSSCI), Economic Law Forum, Administrative Regulation Symposium and Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characters, etc.

  It is never easy to start an undertaking, yet it could be even more difficult to transcend predecessors. The School faces the unprecedented challenge of fast-changing landscape in Chinese legal education, while welcoming the precious opportunity to innovate institutional development in China. Though located in Hunan Province, the School has a global outlook. We would like to take potential advantages of backwardness, and to unite people committed to the same lofty ideals. Dedicated to legal research and education, the School aims at leapfrogging development in knowledge and the cultivation of the next generation of legal talents. The School would leave no efforts to stick to justice and to fight for the development of rule of law in China.   



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