McGeorge School of Law

USAID Selects McGeorge For China Program

October 5, 2006

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of USAID’s Rule of Law in China Initiative, to lead a four-school consortium to bolster practical legal skills training in Chinese law schools.

McGeorge will partner with American University’s Washington College of Law ( Washington, D.C.), in collaboration with the China University of Political Science and Law ( Beijing), the Zhejiang Gongsang University College of Law ( Hangzhou) and the South China University of Technology ( Guangzhou). The 28-month project, which will commence immediately, is designed to train Chinese law school professors early in their careers in the teaching of professional skills with an emphasis on negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, and in clinical education.

“Chinese law schools have shown increasing interest in teaching practical skills, and they are eager for help from schools such as McGeorge and American University that have vast experience in such teaching. I am also pleased that this grant facilitates our law school’s substantive return to China,” said McGeorge Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker. McGeorge had a program in China in the mid-1980’s, which produced among its alumni Zhu Suli, now dean of the Beijing School of Law and a leading Chinese legal scholar.