In a slow American economy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law is taking steps to prepare its students to partake in the booming business and trade market between the U.S. and China
CWRU School of Law signed Exchange and Collaboration Agreements with renowned Chinese law schools at Fudan University and East China University of Political Science and Law, both in Shanghai, and Southwest University in Chongqing. Each of the agreements permit CWRU law students to spend a semester at the some of the best law schools in China and for Chinese law students spend a semester at CWRU School of Law. In each case, exchange students will earn foreign credits that can be fully applied at their home schools.
The program, beginning this fall, will allow six students from each country to study abroad for a semester. The agreements will also allow the CWRU law school faculty to lecture at the Chinese law schools and to collaborate on legal projects with their Chinese counterparts. In addition, CWRU School of Law is talking 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 Chinese law school.
“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,” says Michael P. Scharf, Director of the School of Law’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.
A complimentary program called Case Abroad at Home brings foreign professors to CWRU each summer. Next month, a professor from East China University will teach a course on the Chinese criminal justice system at the School of Law. Last summer, CWRU School of Law hosted a Fudan University faculty member, 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.