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ERIC Number: EJ832403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-20
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In China, Thinking like an American Lawyer
Blumenstyk, Goldie
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n24 pA18 Feb 2009
Temple University's program with Tsinghua University, now in its 10th year, is the oldest of its kind in China. It may take years to understand how a program that trains a few dozen legal professionals a year may affect the legal rights of 1.3 billion Chinese. But there is no question about the benefits that this program has produced for Temple's Beasley School of Law. The master's program, which awards L.L.M. degrees, together with several nondegree programs for Chinese judges and law professors, has helped the school attract millions of dollars in donations from American corporations and foundations, and has added heft to Beasley's recruiting of China-minded faculty members and students. In the rankings-driven hierarchy of law schools and beyond, it has also added luster to Temple's middle-of-the-pack reputation and helped to establish the law school as a player in China's political and economic evolution. While many American colleges are still wrestling with how, and why, they should open their doors to the rest of the world, Temple's success in sustaining relationships with Chinese academic and government partners illustrates the value such partnerships can bring, as well as the level of institutional commitment they require.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Pennsylvania