A leader in American legal education's international outreach efforts since 1974, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law was among the first U.S. law schools to work with China in the development of its legal education system. An early exchange program between 1982 and 1988 produced the influential dean of the University of Beijing School of Law, Zhu Suli.
More recently, in 2004-2005, Pacific McGeorge participated in developing an innovative summer program, with Kenneth Wang School of Law at Soochow University, using skills-based simulations to teach teams of Chinese and American students negotiation and problem-solving. Also in 2004-2005, under contract with the State Department, the law faculty at Pacific McGeorge provided advocacy skills training to judges, prosecutors and public defenders in Chile as that nation moved from a tribunal to an adversarial criminal court system.
This newest effort in China gives Pacific McGeorge the opportunity to share its strength in advocacy training and other practical legal skills with its Chinese partners.
American University's Washington College of Law, a pioneer in clinical education, is uniquely suited to be effective in providing technical, managerial, and training assistance to China.
Annually recognized among the very finest U.S. law schools in clinical legal education, the Washington College of Law boasts no fewer than nine in-house law clinics. Each gives student attorneys the opportunity to represent real clients with real legal problems, handling litigation from beginning to end and carrying out transactional work for client groups while under the supervision of experienced professor/attorneys.
American University has long-standing commitments to international legal education, including, among others, dual J.D. degree programs in Canada and Spain, and dual LL.M and semester exchange programs with the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Our Chinese partners, the South China University of Technology and the Faculty of Law of the Zhejiang Gongshang University, are located in two commercial centers, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, near Shanghai. SCUT is one of the 101 universities participating in China's 211 Project. The Zhejiang Gongshang law school is the largest law school in Zhejiang Province and offers several legal masters degrees. In addition to these partners, Beijing's China University of Political Science and Law is likely to participate in the program.