The School of Legal Studies of GDUFS specializes in cultivating multidisciplinary legal talents accomplished in foreign affairs. It was originally known as the Department of International Legal Studies founded in 1996，and then changed its name to the School of Legal Studies in 2001.
Currently, the School offers education programs ranging from undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. For undergraduate program, there are three majors, namely, the study of law (International Economic Law, Civil Law & Commercial Law, Law of Intellectual Property), international politics, and diplomacy; for post-graduate program, there are two Category I disciplines master programs, namely, the Study of Law. and Politics. and one site of master degree for JM ; for doctoral program, there are three majors: European Law, Euro-politics & Diplomacy and Russian Language & Literature.
The School is staffed by acompetent faculty with high professional titles and excellent educational backgrounds. It holds many outstanding scholars, among whom there are candidates of the“New Century Talents Project”at state level, candidates of the“Program for New Century Excellent Talents”supported by the Ministry of Education, members enjoying the Government Special Allowance of the State Council, candidates of“Yunshan Distinguished Scholars”and“Yunshan Excellent Scholars”, and distinguished teachers of“Guangdong's Top Ten Young and Middle-aged Law Intellectuals”.The majority of them have obtained lawyer or arbitrator certificates with rich experience in legal practices. It has 75 teaching staff，and 60% of them have studied abroad. There are 63 full time teaching faculties, and 30 are professors,19 are associate professors, 34 secured doctoral degrees. Besides, the School invites renowned law experts and diplomats across in China as visiting professors to enhance its overall teaching and academic standard.
The School consists of six departments (law, IPR, Civil Law & Commercial Law, international law, diplomacy, and international politics ) one education center for Master of Law, five research centers at provincial level (Center for Guangdong Public Law Research, Evaluation and Consultancy Service approved by Standing Committee of the People's Congress in Guangdong, Research Service Center of Foreign Law within the Framework of“Going Global”approved by Guangdong Law Society, Low-Carbon Economy and Environmental Energy Law Research Center，China-Africa Legal Research Center and China-Africa Legal Training Base); four University research centers (Research Center for Law and Property of GDUFS , Institute of International Studies, Center of Regional Integration of Law-based Governance and Center of National Petitions in the Forms of Letters & Visits and State Administration) and six school-level research centers (Institute of Education Legal System, Institute of WTO Regulations, Institute for NGOs, Center of EU Law & Diplomacy, Center of Law & Trade Affairs and Center of International Security & Strategy).
In recent years, the School has developed rapidly, ranking top among its counterparts nationwide, and won the titles of“Guangdong Comprehensive Education Reform Pilot Site”(2012),“Guangdong Model Center of Practical Teaching”(2012), and“Guangdong Outstanding Law Talents Cultivation Center”(2014). And its Discipline of Law was ranked Provincial Prestigious Major and Competitive Course in 2010 and 2012 respectively, while the Discipline of International Relations was awarded as Provincial Key Discipline in 2012. Recently, the School has been awarded as Guangdong Excellent Foreign-related Legal Talents Training Base（2014）and Guangdong Pilot & Innovation Talents Training Zone (2016).
The School upholds the motto of“Pursuit of Integrity. Practice and Cross-Cultural Learning”and defines as its mission on training of high-caliber foreign-affairs talents excelled in ethical cultivation, competent in their profession, strong in cross-cultural communication and hands-on creativity, and ready to engage in international business with global vision. The reason for its successful outcome is that the School, after years of practice and research in teaching, has combined the modules of foreign languages & culture, national & international legal
Systems, and rules in international diplomacy, to form a talent-cultivation model characterized by“a good command of professional knowledge plus an edge in foreign languages proficiency”.
Currently, there are about 1200 full-time undergraduate students, 150
students studying for a double major in law. 400 post-graduate students, and over 10 PhD candidates at the School. The graduation index and entry-level salary of this School's graduates rank top among its domestic counterparts. About 70% of them choose to work in multi-national corporations, well-known law firms, foreign-owned enterprises and foreign affairs offices at government departments or other organizations. More impressive is that its graduates in recent years enjoy a high employment rate of 99%.