"I was interested in the Chinese Legal Studies Program since I spent a significant amount of time in both the P.R.C. and the R.O.C. before enrolling in law school. While overseas I realized the importance of understanding the Chinese legal system and how it interacts and meshes with the U.S. system. At Michigan I was able to attend the Michigan-Peking University Tax Conference, which enhanced my understanding of U.S.-China relations."
–Spencer Critchett, 3L
Study and Research in Greater China
Complementing the large influx of Chinese scholars who give lectures or reside at Michigan Law, Michigan faculty and students reside in China for teaching, conferences, research and course work at China, Hong Kong and Taiwan's top law institutions.
For instance, each year Michigan Law professors travel to Beijing to teach concentrated courses at the Tsinghua University School of Law pursuant to a long-standing exchange with that law school. International tax specialist and Michigan Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah directs a very successful joint tax conference with the Beijing University Law School, with meetings alternating between Beijing and Ann Arbor. Other faculty members, including Professors Sherman Clark, Nicholas Howson, Vikramaditya Khanna, Kyle Logue, and Catharine MacKinnon, and Law School Dean Emeritus Ted St. Antoine, have visited China in recent years to undertake research or present their work to Chinese colleagues. Professor Howson is in China several times each academic year, and was a visiting scholar at the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai during the Fall 2008 term doing research on the implementation of China's corporate law before the national People's Courts.
Michigan Law students also travel to the PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan pursuant to specific student exchanges during degree study; such exchanges are approved on a student/program-specific basis to ensure that Michigan Law students receive comparable training (and in the Chinese language) as they would on the Ann Arbor campus. Other Michigan Law students visit universities and law schools in Greater China after graduation to matriculate in local programs in Chinese law, such as the LL.M. in Chinese law at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing.
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