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As part of its commitment to supporting the development of legal education in China, TransAsia offers two annual scholarships to local law students: one of general applicability, and one specific to employment law.

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding academic results
  • Demonstration of leadership potential
  • Community service and other extra-curricular activities
  • An interest in promoting PRC law

Exceptional scholarship recipients are also invited to participate in TransAsia's internship program.

General Scholarship

TransAsia has awarded its Legal Encouragement Scholarship to students studying law at the East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai) since 2007 and the Southwest University of Political Science & Law (Chongqing) since 2010.  These scholarships are awarded based on nominations from the head of the law school in which the applicant is enrolled.  The scholarships are available in varying amounts, with a maximum of 10 awarded per university each year.  Nominated students are requested to sit for a written test and attend an interview.

2013 General Scholarship Awardees

East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai)

  • Jesse Chang with all awardees

  • First award winner gives speech

  • First Award: Liangjun WU (吴俍君)
  • Second Award: Changxing ZHUANG (庄长兴), Lu WANG (王璐), Xuanyu XIONG (熊轩昱)
  • Third Award: Qian CHENG (程倩), Xiaomei GUO (郭小梅), Wen SHI (施雯), Yi ZHOU (周怡), Feng YE (叶锋), Zhiqiang LU (吕志强)

Click here to view the ECUPL students interview of TransAsia Managing Partner Jesse TH Chang

Employment Law Scholarship

In 2006, we set up the TransAsia Employment Law Scholarship, which was the first of its kind in China dedicated to this field of study.  Today, it is still the only scholarship program with a focus on employment law in China. This scholarship is aimed at encouraging students to strive for and achieve academic and professional excellence, as well as to pursue careers in employment law.  Like the general scholarship, it is available in varying amounts with a maximum of 10 scholarships awarded per university each year.

The Employment Law Scholarship is available to students from the following two universities: Peking University (Beijing) and the Northwestern University of Politics and Law (Xi'An).

In addition to the usual materials required by TransAsia, applicants are requested to submit a research essay on an employment law topic of their choice.  Topics from the successful candidates to date include:

2013 Employment Law Scholarship Awardees

Northwestern University of Politics and Law (Peking University)

  • Third Cooperation Award Winners

  • Dr Wan with the Second Individual Award winners (left to right): Huang Long, Zhang Shuo and Liu Mengyang

  • Dr Wan with the Second Cooperation Award winners (left to right): Yang Zongwei, Ma Lin, Dong Xuezhi

  • Dr Wan and Prof Jia Junlin with the First Individual Award winners (left to right): Cui Chengchao, Guo Yijie and Wang Huayu

  • Dr Wan and Prof Jia Junlin with the First Cooperation Award winner (right): Hou Zhuo, who has now received this scholarship 4 times

  • Dr Wan presents at the ceremony

  • Dr Wan with Prof Ye Jingyi

  • Dr Wan with Prof Jia Junlin (middle), Prof Ye Jingyi (third from the left), Prof Ye Shan (second from the right), and teachers from other universities 

  • Dr Wan with award winners and other students

  • Dr Wan with award winners and other students

2012 Employment Law Scholarship Awardees

Northwestern University of Politics and Law (Xi'An)

  • At the award ceremony, Helen Li shakes hands with Prof. Li Jihe.

  • At the award ceremony, Dr. Wan and Helen Li sit with the awardees.

  • At the award ceremony, Prof. Xie Dechen, Dr. Wan, Helen Li and Prof. Li Jihe. (from left to right) prepare the awards.

  • All the awardees.

  • Dr. Wan with second award winner, Liao Jingwen.

  • Dr. Wan with second award winner, Chen Yaping.

  • Dr. Wan with second award winner, Zhang Ming (right), and honorable mention winner, Kang Sensen (left).

Peking University (Beijing)

Individual Awards

  • First Award: Shuo ZHANG

  • First Award: Zhou HOU

Cooperation Awards

  • First Award: Yijie GUO (left), Yixiang WANG (right)

  • Second Award: Xuezhi DONG (left), Hong WANG (right)

  • Third Award: (left to right) Lin MA, Jiexian ZHOU, Feng YU

How to Apply

  • Applications for the Employment Law Scholarship are generally accepted from August to October, with recipients announced in February.  Applications for the General Law Scholarship are accepted in April, with recipients announced in May.

  • For more information on how and when to apply as well as the application criteria and types of scholarships available, students from the above universities should contact the head of their law school.

Interview of Jesse TH Chang by ECUPL Scholarship Winners

Q: This is the 7th year of the TransAsia Scholarship. We appreciate everything that your law firm and you have done for the students in our school. Could you share with us the reason for setting up the TransAsia Scholarship?

A: It is actually something we should do; it is more like a duty. First, like I said, we bring happiness to many people. As the students receive the particular scholarship, they feel that they have achieved something. That is very important for young men and young ladies. So they are very proud, and their parents have the same feeling.

I do not feel that we have done a lot. I feel that we have only done what we should do; so I really do not want to exaggerate our importance. We should really express appreciation to your school, because it has provided us with this opportunity for 7 years. As I said, we have made a lot of friends - not only the students - but also the faculty members. When they look at these students and what they have accomplished, they can also be very proud and happy. We have the least importance of roles, as we have done very little.

The truth is we should do more. So I think in the future, what we should do is not only offer scholarships, but give the candidates opportunities to work or intern with TransAsia. It is not just about pride, but about the opportunity to work and explore something different, to prepare the students for their working career and teach them the skills needed to successfully practice in today’s legal environment. That is what we should do, because that is something that money can’t buy.

Q: Do you feel satisfied with the current situation of the scholarship?

A: I think it brought us great success, and I am very happy about what we have done. But as I said, there is more we can do. What we should do now is determine how we can expand it. We can offer candidates internships for 6 - 7 months before or after the scholarship. In this regard, think the school and TransAsia should develop a closer connection. We should know more about the good candidates, and we should also help them to get internships outside China, as that will help prepare them for working in a global economy.

Q: What qualities do you want to see in the candidates work or candidates for internships?

A: Diligence, detail-mindedness, curiosity and being proactive are the four essential elements. One thing missing in China’s law schools is that they do not challenge the students enough. You learn by remembering but you do not learn by asking questions and challenging the teachers: why it is it like this? So being curious is very important.

Q: What measures do you think can be taken to improve the legal education in China?

A: I don't think the situation can be changed overnight. Because it is a style, it is a methodology that is commonly accepted. I think the best and quickest way to improve the situation is to give students the opportunity to intern, and they should learn from participation. Lawyers actually need to deal with difficult legal situations; it is not something that can be learned in class. It will be difficult legal questions that you must address, and you should have to ask yourself questions. It is the curiosity and desire that can create a perfect product without loopholes. You cannot learn some things in school, but you can learn them from jobs and experience. But not all students think this way.

When you go to law schools in U.S., you will find that they are very interactive, but law schools in China are different. Law schools in China get used to spoon-feeding information. It is not an effective method to adjust to the modern world we are working in. You should think, and you should know how to think.

I meet you here as a lawyer and a partner: I give you a question. You come back an hour later, and tell me your thoughts about the question and ask more questions. And then I send back some new questions. That is how you can help me. This give and take makes both of us think, and in the end, the result is that much better for it.

In our law firm, the students from your school are very good. They are thinkers. Do not think it is something you can solve overnight. It is a problem with the teaching system.