Kenneth Wang School of Law

Kenneth Wang School of Law of Soochow University is located in the ancient city of Suzhou - "the Paradise of the Earth". Its predecessor is Soochow University Law School whose name was very famous both at home and abroad. In September of 1915, authorized by the parent University, Soochow University Law School was founded in Shanghai by Charles Rankin, an American lawyer who was a teacher of political science at the University as well as the principal of the university's second middle school, with the idea of cultivating legal talents for China. The law school then focused on comparative law, so it was also known as the "Comparative Law School of China". Its special emphasis on Common Law made it part of the famous Chinese saying, "Dongwu in the south, Chaoyang in the north" which refers to then China's two famous law schools. It was even once lauded as "the best and most famous law school in south China". Among many modern legal luminaries, such as Wang Chonghui, Dong Kang, Wu Jingxiong, Sheng Zhenwei, Qiu Hanping, Sun Xiaolou, Wang Boqi, Yang Zhaolong, Li Haopei, Ni Zhengyu and Pan Handian, they were either diligent teachers or well-known graduates of Dongwu. Elite talents flooded into Dongwu and each had profound knowledge and outstanding abilities, thus created a glory for a time. During the PRC's 1952 reorganization of higher education, Soochow University was renamed as "Jiangsu Normal College", and the law school was closed in Suzhou but incorporated into East China University of Political Science and Law. In 1982, approved by the State Council, "Jiangsu Normal College" was renamed as "Soochow University". Afterwards, Legal education was restored and the department of law was reestablished, which was enlarged in to law school in 1986. In 2000, Kenneth Wang, a 1938 graduate of Soochow University Law School generously donated a huge sum of money for the construction of law school. Later Soochow University Law School was renamed to Kenneth Wang School of Law.

The law school currently has 89 teaching and administrative staffs, among whom 69 are full-time teachers, including 25 professors and 29 associate professors, 11 doctoral supervisors and 46 master tutors. The faculty is highly qualified. Most of them obtained their PhD from renowned universities from home and abroad. Their well-educated background and reasonable age structure makes a perfect organized academic team. The faculty is devoted to teaching and facilitating teaching through profound studies. Keeping up with frontiers of law, they create a good teaching and research atmosphere. In addition, the high quality of administrative working staffs and librarians ensure that the law school's teaching and research develop smoothly.

The law school has a comprehensive education program. In 1993 and 1998, it was authorized to confer master and doctor degree respectively. Now it has an undergraduate program (including law major and Intellectual Property orientation), which is one of the National Legal Talents Cultivation Bases, 10 LLM programs (including jurisprudence, legal history, constitutional law and administrative law, criminal law, civil and commercial law, intellectual property law, procedure law, economic law, environmental law and international law), 8 PhD programs (including jurisprudence, legal history, constitutional law and administrative law, criminal law, procedure law and international law), and a post-doctoral research station of primary disciplines of law. The law school is also one of the earliest ones to establish Juris Master program which can enroll full-time JM (law-major) and JM (non-law major) students and in-service JM students. The total number of registered students is about 2,000.

The discipline of law studies of Suzhou University is a brand major of Jiangsu Province's high institutions and the primary key discipline in Jiangsu Province; the "Constitutional and Administrative Law" is a key discipline of Jiangsu Province; "Jurisprudence" is a national classic course; "Legal Theory" is the provincial excellent courses group with the "Public Law Research Center" and the "International Energy Law Research Center". "Public Law Research Center" being the key research base of philosophy and social sciences of Jiangsu high institutions. Partnered with the Applied Jurisprudence Institute of the Supreme People's Court, the "Environmental Judicature Theoretical Research Base" was established. The Intellectual Property Training Center of Jiangsu Province also locates in the school. The "Research Institute of Soochow Public Law and Comparative Law", the "Research Center of Procuratorial Development" and other university level research institutes are running very well in the school. The law school also has more than 10 research institutes of its own, including "Research Institute of Comparative Law", "Research Center of Anglo-American Law", "Human Rights Studies Center", "Government Legal Systems Studies Center" and 'Human Rights Research Center'. In 2014, the "Journal of Soochow University (Law Edition)" was first issued. The new established Intellectual Property Research Institute has served the education, research and society of Jiangsu for a great value.
The law school's faculty has strong research abilities and has made great contribution to the construction of rules of law making in China. Since the 21st century, the faculty have successfully won and completed over 35 national research projects besides national open-tender project funds, over 85 of provincial level or above, and published nearly one thousand academic papers. According to the statistics listed on China's law-innovation Website, the papers published by the law school's faculty in CSSCI (15 core legal journals) ranked the 12th in 2011, 8th in 2013 and 9th in 2014, among all the law schools(departments, universities) in China.
The Kenneth Wang Law School Building covers a total area of 1600 square meters. It has advanced facilities in the classrooms, Chinese and western moot court, as well as International Academic Conference Hall. In the meantime, the law school also allocates individual research offices for teachers.
The 3,600-square meter school library holds over 70,000 books and 600 Chinese and foreign journals. Besides, over 300,000 e-books are available for teachers and students to use. In addition, our library is well-known in collecting and preserving law journals and books from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Since 1982, the law school has educated nearly 18,000 law students at various levels including doctors, masters, undergraduates and junior college students. It is an important training base of law professionals in Jiangsu Province. Alumni of law school have made up the nucleus of procuratorial, judicial and public security organs or organizations and legal education in various universities.
Just like the university motto says, "Unto A Full Grown Man", we are keenly aware that, compared to the achievements of Soochow University Law School in the past, what we have done is not worth mentioning. Currently, when thinking of the spirit of Soochow University Law School's history, our faculty feel pressed to keep on improving our academic pursuit and carry on the predecessors' wishes. Maybe what we can comfort the Dongwu alumni and our colleagues are: we have been working hard and now we will keepworking hard. 

Address: No.1 Shizi Street, Suzhou, China, 215006 

Contact: Qian Fan 

Tel: 0512-65221949