McGeorge School of Law

Experiential Education in China 2009

The University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in conjunction with the China University of Political Science and Law, held a two-day conference of legal educators from China and the United States on January 17 - 18, 2009, examining the role of experiential education in Chinese law schools.

This conference is part of a U.S. Agency for International Development sponsored partnership for training Chinese law professors in experiential education. The participating schools were<

  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • American University
  • Washington College of Law
  • China University of Political Science and Law
  • South China University of Technology
  • Zhejiang Gongshang University
  • Committee of Chinese Clinical Legal Educators

The conference took place at the Haidian Campus of China University of Political Science and Law, in Beijing, China. It described the program to date, demonstrated techniques that Chinese law professors have adopted, provided curricular material, and discussed the future of experiential education in Chinese law schools. Exciting featured presentations from our Chinese partners were presented on how they have incorporated experiential education into their curricula, as well as reflections by American participants in the program.

Symposium Materials

Brian Landsberg

  • Enhancing the Rule of Law by Building Professional Skills: A Status Report

Elliott Milstein

  • Introductory Remarks: Conference on Experiential Education in China

Wang Rong

  • An outline of the project's development

Li Chao

  • How to apply the Clinical Pedagogy of U.S. to the Administrative Law Clinic of CUPL

Zhen Zhen

  • Clinic Legal Education in China

Li Shuzhong

  • Build a bridge between Theory and Practice

Liu Jianming

  • Teachers' role and function in the Clinic Legal Education

Kong Qingjiang

  • Advancing U.S. Experiential Legal Education Method in the Context of Internationalization of Chinese Legal Education

Teng Hongqing

  • The Direction at Twist Time: Legal ethics and professionalism in China Law School
Schedule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009

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

 

Welcoming Remarks: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Secretary General Jiang Bo, China Education Association for International Exchange

Vice President Zhang Guilin, China University of Political Science and Law

Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, McGeorge School of Law

Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law

(5 min per speaker, translator has 5 min for each speaker)

Break: 10:00 - 10:30 am (Group Photo)

Panel 1: 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Introduction of Project by Partner Schools

Prof. Brian Landsberg, McGeorge School of Law

Prof. Elliott Milstein, American University Washington College of Law

Dean Qingjiang Kong, Zhejiang Gongshang University, School of Law

Prof. Zhou Shiwen, South China University of Technology

Prof. Wang Rong, China University of Political Science and Law

(10 min per speaker, translator has 10 min for each speaker)

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Panel 2: 1:30 - 3:15 pm

Are the Characteristics and Methods of Experiential Education in US Transferable to Chinese Legal Education?

Prof. Bob Dinerstein, American University Washington College of Law

Prof. Jay Leach, University of the McGeorge School of Law

Prof. Li Chao, China University of Political Science and Law

Prof. Dong Jingbo, China University of Political Science and Law

(10 min per speaker, translator has 10 min for each speaker)

Break: 3:15 - 3:30 pm

Panel 3: 3:30 - 5:00 pm (with report from 4:30 - 5:00 pm)

What Role Should Experiential Education Play in Chinese Legal Education?

Breakout Group 1:
Prof. Susan Bennett, American University Washington College of Law
Prof. Mao Xiaoxiao, Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law

Breakout Group 2:
Prof. Fred Galves, University of the McGeorge School of Law
Prof. Hu Minfei, Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law

Breakout Group 3:
Prof. Jarrod Wong, University of the McGeorge School of Law
Prof. Li Qian, China University of Political Science and Law

Breakout Group 4:
Prof. Yu Yanning, American University Washington College of Law
Prof. Zou Dongjun, South China University of Technology School of Law 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009

Welcoming Remarks: 8:30 - 8:35 am

Prof. Brian Landsberg, University of the McGeorge School of Law

(3 min)

Panel 4: 8:35 - 9:30 am

Chinese Perspectives on the Place of Experiential Legal Education

Prof. Zhen Zhen, Renmin University School of Law

Provost Li Shuzhong, China University of Political Science and Law

(15 min per speaker, translator has 15 min for each speaker)

Panel 5: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Demonstration and Discussion of Advocacy Skills Teaching in China

Prof. Xu Shen Jian, China University of Political Science and Law

(30 min, translator 30 min)

Break: 10:30 - 10:45 am

Panel 6: 10:45 - 11:45 pm

Demonstration and Discussion of Clinical Skills Teaching in China

Prof. Liu Jianming, Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law

(30 min, translator 30 min)

Lunch: 11:45 - 12:45 pm

Panel 7: 12:45 - 2:45 pm

Lawyers' Ethics: Instilling Professionalism Through Experiential Education

Prof. and Director Tian Wenchang, All China Lawyers Association

Dean Qingjiang Kong, Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law

Prof. Teng Hongqing, South China University of Technology

Prof. Ma Hongjun, China University of Political Science and Law

(15 min per speaker, translator has 15 min for each speaker)

Break: 2:45 - 3:00 pm

Panel 8: 3:00 - 5:00 pm (with report from 4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Recommendations for the Future of Experiential Legal Education in China

Breakout Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 will reconvene

(15 min per group, translator 15 min for each group)

Closing Remarks: 5:00 - 5:30 pm

TBD

(15 min, translator 15 min)

Note:
1. This conference is made 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.
2. Speakers should refrain from expressing political opinions that do not pertain to the conference subject.
3. Speakers must follow the schedule.