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News Posted on August 11, 2017

China University of Political Science and Law Students Join Immersive Summer Law Program at King Hall

Fifty-six top law students from China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Southern China Normal University, and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics have joined UC Davis School of Law summer programs since late July in a three-week overview of the U.S. legal system. This unique program is the result of a special relationship between the UC Davis School of Law and CUPL in Beijing; 47 of the 56 participants are CUPL students.

CUPL is consistently ranked among the top law schools in China. For the past several years, prominent King Hall faculty members have visited CUPL to teach and share legal research and expertise with CUPL's faculty and students, and CUPL faculty members and doctoral students have visited UC Davis School of Law in order to learn more about various aspects of law from a common law point of view. UC Davis School of Law also has several joint CUPL initiatives, including the Academy of Comparative Studies on Sino-U.S. Evidence Law, a UCD/CUPL Student Exchange program, and in the UC Davis LL.M. program.

Beth Greenwood, Associate Dean of International Programs, notes that "we are impressed by the ability of CUPL students to integrate into our law school’s welcoming community for three weeks as they gain in-depth knowledge about the U.S. legal system.”

The program seeks to provide students with an understanding of the U.S. legal system through learning the fundamentals of the common law system and first-hand experience with the Socratic Method. Faculty provide instruction on constitutional law, federalism, the judicial system, the jury system, criminal procedure, civil rights, and conflict of laws, among other subjects. Students visit the State Courts and the California Legislature during their stay, and bolster academic field trips with outings to two of California’s most iconic destinations: San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Qingying (Angel) Yu is a student completing her first degree in law at CUPL, with aspirations to later sit for the Bar Examination and practice law internationally. While searching for a hands-on experience in the United States, she found that the UC Davis School of Law Summer Programs came most highly recommended by her professors and peers. “I love that the professors [here] communicate with us in class,” she said. “They like to ask us questions, and this is quite different from our learning style in China.” She further praises the program for its emphasis on practical and applicable knowledge. Beyond academics, she encourages international students to choose Davis for its unique cultural opportunities. “Davis is beautiful. There are four museums on this campus [alone], and a lot of sculptures that have [great] cultural meaning. This is a campus with a lot of history!”

Associate Dean Greenwood is proud of this summer program’s strong tradition. “This program’s popularity has grown, with 20 percent more enrollments since last year. Our King Hall faculty enjoy teaching these very bright students about the U.S. legal system. Many of them will become leaders within China’s legal communities within the next decade.”

For more information about other International Law Programs, please visit law.ucdavis.edu/international or contact Kate Asche at internationallaw@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-6081.