School of Law Enters First Semester of Chinese Exchange Program

San Diego (April 22, 2013) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law entered the first semester of its new exchange program with Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), located in Shenzhen, China. Founded in 2008, STL is the leading law school in China focusing on the comparative study of U.S. law and Chinese law.

As part of the exchange program, three STL students—Yongzhe (Stephanie) Wang, Fang Fang Liu and Xu Tao—are currently enrolled at USD School of Law during the spring 2013 semester. All three students are candidates in the Juris Master and Juris Doctor programs at STL.

In a recent interview, STL exchange student Stephanie Wang discussed how she particularly enjoyed her antitrust class with Professor Mark Lee.  

“Antitrust law is one of my personal interests,” said Wang. “In China, antitrust law is in its very beginning stages. We only established the first antitrust laws—we call them anti-monopoly laws in China—just four or five years ago, and they are constantly evolving.”

Upon her return to China, Wang will intern in the Shanghai office of the New York-based law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where she hopes to practice antitrust (or anti-monopoly as it is known in China) law.

In a further collaboration between the two schools, USD School of Law’s Director of Tax Programs and Professor-in-Residence John Forry is a visiting international faculty member at STL this spring. He is teaching courses from USD’s well-established tax law curriculum in the areas of U.S. income and corporate taxation and working closely with STL’s highly regarded faculty.  In addition, STL students who are admitted to USD’s LLM in Comparative Law or LLM in Taxation program after graduation from STL may receive credits in that program for most courses taught at STL by USD’s law faculty.

“Students at STL are talented and energetic, with a focus on adapting the best features of U.S. JD education to a Chinese context—a powerful combination to help produce strong legal professionals for China as a globalizing society,” said Forry.

The STL semester exchange program is part of USD School of Law’s continually expanding international programs designed to benefit to both students and faculty. For nearly 40 years, USD School of Law has been a leader in international and comparative law. The law school offers a JD degree with an international law concentration, an LLM degree in international law for U.S. students and an LLM degree in comparative law for graduates of law schools outside the United States.

Read more about USD School of Law’s summer and semester study abroad programs.

About Peking University School of Transnational Law

Founded in 2008, STL is unique among China’s 630 law schools, the first to offer both a Juris Doctor  in English and a Juris Master in Chinese.  Reflecting the spirit of globalization, STL has pioneered an innovative model of transnational legal education in China, one designed to cultivate cross-cultural legal talents in the 21st Century.  STL’s curriculum features core offerings on common-law subjects taught with a transnational and comparative law emphasis, advanced electives focusing on doctrinal issues in international law and international corporate practice, and a full program of Chinese law courses.  STL currently enrolls approximately 300 students.

STL is part of Peking University, widely acknowledged as China’s most prestigious institution of higher education.  Since its founding in 1898, Peking University has been a symbol of modern education in China, recognized world-wide for its excellence in the arts, sciences and humanities.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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