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By Larry Teitelbaum
J.D. students in Eric Feldman’s class in Law and Society in Japan took part in an exciting “exchange” program last school year without ever leaving campus. Japanese judges, prosecutors and corporate attorneys enrolled in the LL.M. program shared their practical experience with Americans eager to decipher the nuances of the legal system in this recently troubled but still-formidable economic powerhouse.
In another classroom, Professor of Law Jacques deLisle taught a seminar on Law and Economic Reform in Contemporary China to Asian and American students every bit as enthused to debate Western and Eastern views of China’s market reforms.
This cross-cultural commingling of ideas reflects the ongoing intellectual ferment at Penn Law. Firmly established as a temple of cross-disciplinary studies, the school is forging a reputation as a center of international scholarship as well. Few law schools boast a faculty as rich in international expertise as Penn or a curriculum as primed to prepare students for the globalization of the legal profession.
“We have as strong a faculty in Comparative Law as you will find at any law school in the country,” says deLisle, an internationally recognized expert on the law and politics of China. Penn Law’s faculty includes specialists in European Law, Post-Soviet Constitutional Law, Public International Law, and International Finance. And that expertise extends throughout the faculty as a growing number of professors teaching courses in areas such as Civil Procedure apply a transnational perspective to their research and instruction.