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Certificate of Study in East Asian Studies 

This certificate is awarded by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) to Penn Law students seeking to ground themselves in the political, cultural, and historical issues of East Asia as a complement to their law degree. 



To qualify for the Certificate, a Penn Law student must successfully complete four courses in the general area of East Asian Studies. Three of these courses are taken in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GAS) and must be primarily related to the study of East Asian societies. The fourth course is taken at Penn Law and will ordinarily include a component involving East Asia, but, with special permission of the Dean of Students may be in the area of International Law.

Certificate Requirements  

To fulfill the requirements of the Certificate, the four courses must meet the following requirements: 

  • Two of the courses may be language courses, at the intermediate level or above, but no more than two.
  • One of the four courses must deal with some aspect of law in East Asian societies.
  • One, but only one, of the four courses may be taken at Penn Law. (However, if the law class is focused on the law system of one or more East Asian countries, it may satisfy the second and third requirement.) 

Students must maintain a B (3.0) grade average or above in the courses taken in GAS.

Courses must be chosen in consultation with and approved by Frank L. Chance, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies.