Asia Law Society’s Legal Mandarin Program: Fall 2013

The Hauser Global Law School has funded the Asia Law Society’s Mandarin Language Program since the 2012-2013 academic year. This offering has drawn high student attendance consistently and has created informal points of connection between the J.D. participants and the L.L.M. teachers. For J.D. students who hope to eventually practice in China, these informal connections can bring about learning opportunities that last outside of the classroom as well. The course has helped to encourage a base from which students interested in working in or with China can network and get to know each other, while cultivating skills that will be vital to any later career with Asia.

Course description: This course is taught by LL.Ms with direct experience practicing in Asia. The course aims to expose J.D. students to immersive legal conversations conducted in Mandarin Chinese. Each week, the course will tackle a different subject in Chinese law. The fall curriculum will consist of academic / background courses such as Contract Law, Chinese Tort Law and Human Rights. Each class is composed of an hour of lecture, half an hour of structured discussion, a power point presentation and a vocabulary sheet that will be distributed to help students improve their legal fluency. Additionally, there will be extracurricular activities to supplement the formal classroom discussion. The goal of the Legal Mandarin Program is to help NYU Law students achieve fluency in spoken Mandarin Chinese, with particular focus on the vocabulary used in a professional legal environment.

Registration: The course is open to all J.D. and LL.M. students. The class meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., for 12 meetings in total throughout the semester starting on September 10th, 2013 and ending on November 26th, 2013. It is based on a drop-in model and weekly attendance is not recorded, so students are free to either attend every week or to pick and choose individual sessions that are of interest. For more information about the course please email Asia Law Society at als.nyu@gmail.com.

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