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Oct. 10, 2017

Case Western Reserve University inaugurates America's first LLM with China

Case Western Reserve UniversityLast month Case Western Reserve University Law inaugurated the United States’ first and only joint LLM degree program with China.

Southwest University of Political Science and Law in China hosted Case Western Reserve University Vice Provost David Fleshler and Associate Professor of Law Tim Webster for the opening ceremony of the new joint LLM degree program between the two law schools.

The International Commercial Law & Dispute Resolution program has been designed to teach international lawyers about commercial law, arbitration, litigation, mediation and other fields. There are currently 26 students from China enrolled in the program, which includes two years at Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), and one year at Case Western. Professors from Case Western also teach eight courses in China during the first two years in the program. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn masters degrees from both schools.

At the opening ceremony Vice Provost Fleshler described the many initiatives that the International Affairs Office has undertaken to internationalize the CWRU campus and ease international students’ transitions by building a welcoming culture. Meanwhile Professor Webster discussed – in Mandarin – the importance of the US-China commercial relationship, as well as the vital role that bilingual lawyers will play.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Co-Dean, Michael Scharf, said, "We look forward to meeting these 26 new students, and to future collaborations with SWUPL."

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Content added on 10th October 2017.

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