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Renmin Connection Grows with Insights into U.S. Law Program

2012 news archive

07/06/12

Newton, MA—Boston College Law School hosted its third “Insights into U.S. Law” program July 22 to Aug. 3 for seventeen members from Renmin University School of Law in China.

The program, started by BC Law Professor Judith McMorrow to encourage exchanges between the two law schools, exposes the visitors to various US legal specialties through conversational seminars with BC Law faculty.

In instructional sessions held across the Boston College campus, faculty provide an overview of their area of expertise, then develop a particular problem or issue that allows the students to explore an aspect of the subject in greater depth. The goal is to introduce the students both to the subject matter and to a more vibrant and interactive teaching style than is common in China.

The program also showcases BC Law School. One Renmin student from the summer 2011 program, impressed by the faculty, is returning this fall as an LLM student. In addition to the classroom sessions, the visitors enjoy legal and cultural outings, including tours of Boston and the Freedom Trail, court visits, and meetings with judges and lawyers. Last summer, for example, Professor Filippa Anzalone held a session on Art Law followed by a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to view some art works with disputed ownership.

McMorrow conceived of “Insights into U.S. Law” after spending a Fulbright year in China. In addition to running the summer program, she teaches an online course with Chinese students and has helped colleagues establish their own connections to Renmin. Professor Francine Sherman, for one, spent at month in China this past spring teaching a course in U.S. trial practice.