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Penn Law and the University of Hong Kong Announce JD/LLM Student Exchange Program

August 26, 2010
Main Building, The University of Hong Kong
Professor and Deputy Dean for International Affairs Eric Feldman discusses the new Penn Law – HKU partnership.

To prepare students for the increasing internationalization of the legal profession, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have established a new JD/LLM double degree student exchange program. The program will allow up to three students from each of the universities to spend their third year of law school at the partner institution and complete a Master of Laws program.

“This program offers students at Penn Law and HKU a unique opportunity to pursue a truly international legal education, and will serve as a model for years to come,” said Professor Eric A. Feldman, deputy dean for International Affairs at Penn Law. “Penn is delighted to be collaborating with HKU on this new endeavor, which is the culmination of Penn’s steady effort to offer students a global legal education at the finest academic institutions around the world.”
 
“In the last decade, we have seen a rise in the number of joint legal education programs, particularly between US institutions on the East Coast and Europe. The new program with Penn Law is an acknowledgement of the globalization of the practice of law,” said Professor Johannes Chan, SC (Hon), dean of Law at HKU. “Under this program, students will benefit from both institutions, which distinguish themselves as some of the oldest and most academically vibrant law schools in their regions.”
 
Students can begin submitting study abroad applications during the fall 2010 semester for the 2011-2012 academic year. 
 
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
 
The Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong is the oldest law school in Hong Kong and one of the most prestigious law schools internationally. It has been training graduates who are today distinguished legal professionals and leaders of the Hong Kong community. Building upon its unique position as the only common law jurisdiction in China, capitalizing on the “one country, two systems” principle, the Faculty has a unique and irreplaceable role to play in scholarship, research and education on common law and comparative law as well as the development of the rule of law in China and Asia. In 2009, HKU launched its JD program, which has been attracting top graduates from universities in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Mainland China.
 
To read more about HKU Faculty of Law, visit: http://www.hku.hk/law
 
University of Pennsylvania Law School
 
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has as distinguished a history as any law school in the United States. James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and a justice of the United States’ first Supreme Court, delivered the University’s first lectures in law in 1790. Following this auspicious beginning, the University began offering a full-time program in law in 1850. Since that time, Penn Law has been at the forefront of legal education in the United States.  
 
To read more about Penn Law, visit: http://www.law.upenn.edu
 
 
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