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Taking a break in Tanenbaum Hall
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For David Albert, those other abilities include specialized studies in Chinese law – in the original Chinese. Albert graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a degree in political science. Pondering what to do next, a friend pointed him to a job in Hong Kong. Overseas, he became fascinated with Chinese culture, studying the language for a year at Beijing University. Eventually he worked alongside Henry Kissinger at the America-China Society and, in 1998, accompanied the über diplomat on a trip to meet Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and President Jiang Zemin.

With his travels and experiences, it’s no surprise, then, that Albert, who hopes to practice law someday in the Far East, spent a semester at Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences reading Chinese-language legal journals, so he
could learn the vocabulary and better understand the intricacies of Chinese law.

But students don’t have to go to Wharton, the School of Arts and Sciences or any of the other professional schools at Penn to get a much different and broader education than they received two decades ago. It’s available at the law school, in the Public Service Program, where students are required to spend at least 70 hours in the community doing pro bono work in order to graduate; at The Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, where students are assigned real-life cases in Philadelphia to litigate; and in Intellectual Property
classes, where students learn to navigate the complex world of copyrights and patents in the new world of technology. No doubt, students have more choices: Those with an interest in government can pick among four elective courses in regulatory law, or obtain a broader view of law through six Perspectives’ courses: American Legal History, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law & Policy, Jurisprudence, Law & Society in Japan, Legal Responses to Inequality, and Privacy.
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