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A conference in Beijing at China University of Political Science and Law

Final Evaluation and Roll-Out Conferences

June 28, 2012

Tags: 2012, China

After six years, the Pacific McGeorge/US Agency for International Development Rule of Law program in China is coming to a close. Four U.S. professors conducted a two-week evaluation of the eight participating schools, and participated in three of the program's sponsored conferences in Beijing, Hangzhou and Wuhan, on experiential legal education.

On June 4, Pacific McGeorge Professors Brian Landsberg, Cary Bricker and Dean Matthew Downs, along with Vanderbilt Professor Emeritus Frank Bloch, participated in the first of three conferences in Beijing at China University of Political Science and Law. The conference in Hangzhou took place on June 9th at the Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law, with the Wuhan conference on the following day, June 10, at Huazhong University of Science and Technology School of Law.

Hu Minfei, Yin Jianguo, and Cheng Hao were a few of the presenters at these day-long conferences. The conferences showcased demonstrations and discussions on experiential legal education from the program's recently published series on teaching experiential legal education in Chinese law schools. The series includes three books:

  • Effective Practices of Experiential Legal Education
  • Handbook for Teaching Experiential Legal Education
  • Skills Training Handbook for Experiential Teaching in Doctrinal Law Courses

Between the conferences, the US professors also conducted evaluations at all eight participating schools:

  • China University of Political Science and Law — Beijing
  • South China University of Technology — Guangzhou
  • Zhejiang Gongshang University — Hangzhou
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology - Wuhan
  • Wuhan University - Wuhan
  • Southwest University of Finance and Economics — Chengdu
  • Southwest University of Science and Technology — Mianyang
  • Northwest University of Nationalities — Yinchuan

The US professors observed classes in session, clinics, and moot courts. They conducted sessions with law students and faculty, assessing the impact of the program.