Oldham Fellows in China

Oldham Fellows in China

Students at Columbia Law School gain hands-on legal experience through summer internships and research in China. Many students choose to complete summer internships at firms while others choose government , public interest work, or to conduct research.

Each fall the Center for Chinese Legal Studies in conjunction with the Society for Chinese Law and Career Services organizes a program to help 1L students begin the process of finding internships. The Center also maintains an internship database to help students find desired placement.

In addition, the Oldham Fellowship, named for John Rochester Oldham ’83 and administered by the Center for Chinese Legal Studies, funds students to do public interest work and/or research in greater China. Here is a list of current and former Oldham Fellows:


  • Jasmine Jin Working for the Taiwan Legal Aide Foundation
  • Tina Wang Interning at Landesa
  • Angela Zhu Interning with the Procuratorate of Nanjing


  • Darius Longarino Researching HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) cases at Yirenping, focusing on the facts and judicial opinions from these cases with special attention to the remedies given or denied.
  • Min Yuan Updating his research on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, known as the “Arrangement on Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters."
  • Lina Zhou Conducting a study on malpractice claims against attorneys and the various implications within China's judicial system.
  • Yae-Ji Park Researching the legal and practical status of the Red Cross Society of China vis-a-vis the government and the NGO community.
  • Henri Benaim Researching the Basic Law of Hong Kong.
  • Elizabeth Skeen Two projects: Developing a formal understanding of what constitutes the foreign temporary worker program and researching the recently announced draft revisions to the 1997 Criminal Procedure Law.

Summer 2010

  • Jianwei (Jerry) Fang Researched Chinese securities law, especially the legal issues arising from foreign companies seeking listing in Chinese stock markets at the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS)
  • Ju (Judy) Huang Acted as a research intern at China International Trade and Economics Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).
  • Stephen MacArthur Interned at International Bridges to Justice, Beijing.

Summer 2009

  • Glenn Lortscher Researched China’s upcoming implementation of the second of the Basel Accords (“Basel II”).
  • Boshen Jia Completed two internships, at the Sichuan University Legal Aid Clinic and at Chengdu Discovery Law Firm.
  • Chiansan Ma  Completed two internships: 1) The Center for the Protection of the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens (CPRDC) in Wuhan, Hubei Province; 2) the Beijing Legal Aid Office for Migrant Workers (BLAOMW).
  • Emily Zhu Interned at the People’s Court of Zhengzhou City (court of appeals), criminal and commercial sections.

Summer 2007

  • Peng Wu  Researched the processes through which practicing lawyers in two rural provinces of China (Qinghai and Guizhou) evaluate prospective clients and decide which cases to bring into the official legal system.
  • Daniel Malech and Adam Krotman  At Civic Exchange in Hong Kong, they conducted a comparative analysis, and researched legal prerequisites and ideal design features of effective emissions trading regimes, in the context of Hong Kong's pilot scheme proposal with Guangdong.

Summer 2006

  • Angela Huang  Researched urban redevelopment in Shanghai as well as compared foreign and Chinese management style in firms. Supported by the John Oldham Fund.
  • Bang (Steve) Lin  Employment Legal Clinic of the China University of Political Science and Law as well as the Chinese Ministry of Justices' Legal Aid Organization. Supported by the John Oldham Fund.
  • Megan Fluckiger  Researched scientific evidence in criminal proceedings. Supported by the John Oldham Fund.
  • Qian (Lisa) Wang  ABA Asian Law Initiative, China Rule of Law and Governance Program (CRLGP). Supported by the John Oldham Fund.

Summer 2005

  • Michael Goettig  ABA Asia Law Initiative, Beijing
  • Lillian Lardy  Internews, Shanghai
  • Steven Chen  Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, Beijing
  • Won Park  Work involved Yunnan, human traficking issues and

Summer 2004

  • Payal Shah  Center for Legal Consultation and Legal Aid, Beijing

Summer 2003

  • Andrew Jacobsen Wuhan University, Wuhan

Summer 2002

  • Daniel Magida  PILI, Clinical Programs 


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How to Apply for an Oldham Fellowship


We are currently accepting applications for the summer of 2013.

The deadline for the Oldham Fellowship Summer 2012 application is March 12, 2013.


John R. Oldham ’83 Fellowship for Internships and Research in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

Thanks to the generous support of the Oldham Fund, the Center for Chinese Legal Studies is able to support public interest (including government) work or academic research in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan over the summer. If you would like to apply for funding, please email—

-    a resume,
-    transcripts,
-    a two-page summary of your proposed project,
-    an estimated budget;
-    and whether you have applied for funding from another source (such as WEAI). (The committee may contact you to find out your WEAI award.)

—to Paulette Roberts (prober@law.columbia.edu).

Oldham Fellowships differ from Columbia Law School Public Interest Fellowships in several ways, including 1) the length of  Oldhams can be variable; 2) Oldhams may include research; 3) Oldhams may include more than one internship or an internship/research combination; 4) Oldhams occasionally take place other times of the year besides the summer.

Students pursuing internships or research in China this summer should also apply for funding to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. WEAI also offers a FLAS fellowship for advanced Asian language study during the summer. Details are available here. The application deadline for WEAI funding is March 2013.


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