McGeorge School of Law

Experiential Education in China 2008

The McGeorge Center for Global Business and Development and the Center for Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution held a two-day conference of legal educators from China and the United States, examining the role of experiential education in Chinese law schools.

The conference explored the theory of experiential education and the role of the lawyer in China.

It featured panels on the transferability of American experiential education techniques to other countries and possible curricula in advocacy and clinical education. There was also a session on what strategies will increase the availability of skills education in China.

The conference was part of a U.S. Agency for International Development-sponsored partnership between McGeorge School of Law, American University's Washington College of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, South China University of Technology, and Zhejiang Gongshang University.

Establishing the rule of law requires the expertise and dedication of skilled lawyers. Chinese law schools can contribute to the rule of law by training future generations to master essential practical and ethical competencies.

Symposium Materials and Schedule

Materials

Brian Landsberg

  • Symposium Introduction — Experiential Education in China: Curricular Reform, The Role of the Lawyer and the Rule of Law

Elliott Milstein

  • Experiential Education and the Rule of Law: Teaching Values Through Clinical Education in China

Susan Bennett

  • Reflections on Three Weeks: the "China Rule of Law Project: Training Clinical Teachers in China"

Xu Shenjian

  • On the New Mode of Practical Teaching

Zhu Su Li

  • An Institutional Inquiry into Legal Skills Education in China

Julie Davies

  • Methods of Experiential Education: Context, Transferability and Resources

Robert Dinerstein

  • Methods of Experiential Education: Context, Transferability and Resources

Kong Qingjiang

  • Practice in Legal Education: International Experience and Chinese Response

Wang Rong

  • On the Role and Significance of Advocacy and Clinical Legal Education in China

David Chavkin

  • Experiential Learning: A Critical Element of Legal Education in China (and Elsewhere)

Jay Leach

  • Content and Design of Advocacy Education Courses in Chinese Law Schools: A Proposed Template

Susan Bennett

  • The Content of Clinical Education Courses: A Proposed Template

Li Shuzhong

  • On Practical Teaching Mode

Brian Landsberg

  • Strategies to Increase the Availability of Skills Education in China

Zhou Shiwen

  • The Reform Stratagem of Legal Education in China

Pei Bei

  • The Expectation of Legal Skills in Chinese Legal Education
Schedule

Friday, January 25, 2008

Registration: 8:15 - 8:45 am (Pacific Time)

Welcoming Remarks: 8:45 - 9:00 am

Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Dean, McGeorge School of Law

Introduction to the Conference: 9:00 - 9:30 am

Professor Brian Landsberg, McGeorge School of Law

Panel 1: 9:30 - 10:45 am

The Theory of Experiential Education and the Role of the Lawyer in China

Questions for discussion: Why experiential learning in China? What skills and values are important to teach in order to shape the legal profession? What is the relationship between those skills and values and the Rule of Law and (social justice or human rights)?

Professor Elliot Milstein*, American University Washington College of Law

Professor Xu Kezhu*, China University of Political Science and Law

Break: 10:45 - 11:00 am

Panel 2: 11:00 - 12:30 pm

Reflections on the Summer Workshops

Professor Susan Bennett*, American University Washington College of Law

Professor Xu Shen Jian*, China University of Political Science and Law

Professor George Harris*, McGeorge School of Law

Professor Cai Yanmin#, Committee of Chinese Clinical Legal Educators

Professor Jay Pottenger#, Yale Law School

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:15 pm

Keynote: 1:15 - 2:00 pm

Dean Zhu Su Li, University of Beijing, School of Law

Panel 3: 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Methods of Experiential Education: Context, transferability and resources

Professor Julie Davies*, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Professor Bob Dinerstein*, American University Washington College of Law

Dean Qingjiang Kong*, Zhejiang Gongshang University, School of Law

Professor Jenny Lyman#, George Washington University Law School

Professor Whitmore Gray#, University of Michigan Law School and Fordham Law School

Break: 3:30 - 3:45 pm

Panel 4: 3:45 - 5:15 pm

What role should experiential education play in Chinese legal education and why?

Professor Wang Rong*, China University of Political Science and Law

Professor Peng Xihua*, South Central University of Economics, Politics & Law

Professor David Chavkin#, American University Washington College of Law

Dr. Stanley Lubman#, University of California , Berkeley Boalt Hall

Friday Close: 5:15 - 5:30pm

Professor Louis Del Duca, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

 

Dinner for Conference Presenters and Special Guests: 7:00 pm

 

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 am (Pacific Time)

Welcoming Remarks: 9:00 - 9:05 am

Professor Brian Landsberg, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Panel 5: 9:05 - 10:45 am

The content of advocacy education courses: a proposed template

Professor Jay Leach, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Breakout session leaders:

Professor Jaime Horsley, Yale Law School

Professor Cary Bricker, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Professor Huang Juan, South China University of Technology

Breakout participants:

LLM Students in Advocacy

Other speakers and invitees

Break: 10:45 - 11:00 am

Panel 6: 11:00 - 12:45 pm

The content of clinical education courses: a proposed template

Professor Susan Bennett, American University Washington College of Law

Breakout session leaders:

Professor Yu Yanning, Zhejiang Gongshang University

Phyllis Chang, China Law and Development, Ltd.

Professor Barbara Schatz, Columbia Law School

Breakout participants:

LLM Students in Clinical Education

Other speakers and invitees

Lunch: 12:45 - 1:30 pm

Keynote: 1:30 - 2:15 pm

Professor and Provost Li Shuzong, China University of Political Science and Law

Panel 7: 2:15 - 4:00 pm

What strategies will increase the availability of skills education in China?

Professor Brian Landsberg*, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Professor Titi Liu*, University of Washington Law School

Professor Zhou Shiwen*, South China University of Technology

Dean Francis L. Wang#, Kenneth Wang School of Law, Suzhou (invited)

Professor Carl Minzner#, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law

Conference Close: 4:00 - 4:15 pm

Professor Elliott Milstein, American University Washington College of Law

 

Symbols

  • *Presenter
  • #Commentator

Invited Participants

  • Research team members
  • LLM candidates in the program
  • American law professors specializing in Law of China, Advocacy, and Clinical Education

This conference is possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.