Case Western Reserve University School of Law recently signed exchange and collaboration agreements with renowned law schools in China at Fudan University and East China University of Political Science and Law, both in Shanghai, and Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing.
Beginning this fall, each of the agreements permit CWRU law students to spend a semester at some of the best law schools in China, and for Chinese law students to spend a semester at the School of Law. In each case, exchange students will earn foreign credits that can be fully applied at their home schools.
The agreements will also allow School of Law faculty to lecture at the law schools in China and to collaborate on legal projects with their Chinese counterparts. In addition, the School of Law is in discussions with prominent U.S. law firms in China to take its U.S. exchange students for a summer internship following their academic studies at a law school in China.
"A CWRU law student’s resume that includes a semester at a top Chinese law school and an internship at an international firm in China should attract the attention of future employers in a tight job market," says Jon Groetzinger, director of China Legal Programs at the School of Law.
Michael P. Scharf, director of the School of Law’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center says, “These new exchange agreements position Case Western Reserve University School of Law to be a leader in preparing the next generation of lawyers from both countries to play an important role in the fast growing area of trade and business between China and the United States.”
A complementary program called Case Abroad at Home brings foreign professors to CWRU each summer. Next month, Professor Xia Fei from East China University will teach a course on the Chinese criminal justice system at the School of Law. Last summer, the law school hosted Fudan University Professor Lingyun Gao, who taught a course in Chinese business law.
“I am delighted that our students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with such fine Chinese law schools, participate in dialogue with Chinese peers and contribute to the continuing development of the relationship between our two countries,” says Robert H. Rawson Jr., interim dean.
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