Professor Karla Simon (top center) welcomed law students from Shanghai
to CUA Law to learn more about America's approach to legal education.
CUA Law Offers a Primer in America's
Legal System to Visiting Chinese Delegation
A visiting group of students and professors from East China University Shanghai toured the Columbus School of Law on July 21, spending two hours learning about the differences and similarities in the legal education systems of both countries.
The group of two dozen was in the United States as guests of the University of Maryland, which sponsors educational visits from foreign delegations as part of its office of International and Executive Programs.
Sponsors asked if Catholic University’s law school would be willing to host an informational session from the Chinese delegation to broaden their horizons and knowledge of how America’s legal system works.
Professor Karla Simon, who has traveled and taught extensively in China and is currently writing a book about the country’s civil society initiatives, led the meeting and invited some faculty colleagues to share their perspectives with the group.
Simon began by describing the basics of America’s approach to legal education, noting that law students here tend to be a few years older than their Chinese counterparts.
Other professors contributed insights on such topics as how a law library is set up, moot court competitions, pro bono activities, the purpose of institute certifications and the transition from a career on the bench to the classroom. Speakers included Professors Steve Margeton, Harris Weinstein, Donna Gregg, Judge Sylvia Bacon and Andrew Hotaling, the law school’s coordinator of pro bono activities.
The visitors listened intently, asked questions and appeared intrigued by the various descriptions of the U.S. approach to legal education and the practice of law. There was also an opportunity to mingle informally over tea and coffee.