International law students choose Case Western Reserve University School of Law to study the U.S. legal system in a first-of-its-kind program

News Release: Thursday, December 2, 2010

Qingping Bu and Feifan Wu are in the midst of final exams after a semester of studying U.S. law at Case Western Reserve School of Law. The two young women, ages 20 and 21, are third-year undergraduates at the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After successfully competing with other highly qualified Fudan University students, they chose Case Western Reserve School of Law over law schools at Harvard University, Columbia University, Tulane University, and Washington University.

Bu says the China Legal Exchange Program at Case Western Reserve’s law school has showed her sides of the human spirit, she’s rarely seen in public China.

“I think people here are more focused on individual thoughts which you’d be criticized for in China. People in China care more about what others think of them,” says Bu.

The Chinese students say the biggest challenge was classes with the first-year law students who knew English as their first language. Wu says when she read a legal statute; she typically only understood 70% of it. However, to her surprise the relationship between professors and students was very friendly and supportive.

Director of China Legal Programs Professor Jon Groetzinger says this unique program involves three of the top 10 law schools out of the 600 in China. This is the first time Fudan University, East China University, and Southwest University have had semester-long exchanges with U.S. law schools. It’s also the first-time for Chinese undergraduates to come to the U.S. to experience Cleveland’s culture and learn the considerably different legal system at Case Western Reserve’s law school.

Bu and Wu will return to China and Case Western Reserve law student Markus Lyytinen will return to the U.S. at the end of this month. In January, six new Chinese students will arrive in Cleveland in exchange for two Case law students at Southwest University in Chongquin, China. 

Posted by: Carolyn Widdowson, December 2, 2010 03:25 PM | News Topics: Official Release