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Chinese for Lawyers: Distinctive Aspects of Chinese Law and Legal Research
J.D. Seminar 634 | 2 credit hours
The course is an introduction to the Chinese legal system and the basic concepts and terminology of Chinese law. It focuses on the knowledge of distinctive aspects of Chinese law from a comparative perspective, current legal topics and basic legal research skills. It aims to help students in understanding Chinese legal system in relation to broader political and cultural issues. Topics intended to be covered include Chinese legal history and culture, legislative system and legal research, judicial system, contract law, commercial law, labor and employment law, family law, alternative dispute resolution, and energy and environmental law and policy. The course will also teach common Chinese legal terms. The laws of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau may also been covered if time permits.
This course requires Professor Permission to enroll. Interested students should contact Professor Zhang (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010, to submit their resume, contact information, and a statement explaining their interest in the course and their Chinese language skills. This course is mandatory pass/fail and the credits count toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit. Grading will be based on a paper in Chinese (above 500 characters) by the end of the semester, and one 10-15 minute oral presentation also in Chinese presented in class. The paper, as well the presentation, shall be on a topic of Chinese law or a topic of comparison between Chinese law and the U.S. law.