The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and American University Washington College of Law have formed a partnership with three Chinese law schools to train law professors there to be both advocacy skills teachers and clinical legal educators. China has embarked on an ambitious program to rebuild its legal system. It has adopted new laws addressing a wide range of modern issues. If the rule of law is to take hold in China, however, an essential next step is to train the next generation of lawyers the skills and values necessary to operate a modern legal system.
Responding to burgeoning interest among Chinese legal educators in clinical and skills teaching and building upon the work that has already been done there, this project is intended to design and implement training that will enable Chinese law teachers to design locally useful experientially based learning programs for their students.
Funded by a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this project will assist China in the creation of skills-based legal education programs that focus on the application of law in practice. A partnership between, on the one hand, the two American law schools, and, on the other, three Chinese law schools will endeavor to enhance the capacity of Chinese law schools to provide training in advocacy skills and clinical legal services. The Chinese partner law schools are the Zhejiang Gongshang University College of Law (Hangzhou), the South China University of Technology (Guangzhou), and the China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing).