MRI Forum 16

"Changes in Legal Education in China"

by Roderick O'Brien

Language: English  
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Summary of the Presentation

Roderick O'Brien's presentation will deal with: the expansion of teaching of law to around 300 schools; the merger of soviet-style specialist colleges, and the development of more comprehensive universities; the emergence of Legal Aid in Chinese universities; the change in traditional teaching methods, and notably the introduction of clinical legal education; the state of the professional Master degree (法律碩士); the Unified Justice Examination and its influence on teaching; the Law teachers and professional practice; the teaching of legal ethics; the electives and credit points; the proliferation of institutes within universities; the proliferation of legal websites; the use of foreign language in teaching specialist subjects; and finally the reduction in “ specialised secondary schools and colleges” (中專 and 大專) law courses and institutes.

Profile of the Speaker

Roderick O'Brien qualified as a lawyer in South Australia in 1971. For six of the past ten years he has been teaching in universities in China, most recently at the Northwest Institute of Politics in Law in Xi'an (Shanxi province). He has published in law journals in China, Europe, and Australia, including in the most recent issue of Chinese Cross Currents (Vol.2, No.2): "The Value and Values of Legal Aid in China."