Columbia Law School Launches Exchanges with Beida and Fudan

In June, Columbia Law School became the first American law school to launch ABA-approved student-exchange programs with law schools in both Beijing and Shanghai. Beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year, Columbia law school students will have the option of spending a semester a semester at both Peking University (Beida) and Fudan University, two of China's leading universities. Beida and Fudan students likewise will have the option of studying at Columbia. The first Beida and Fudan students will arrive at Columbia in August.

Dean David Schizer, who signed exchange agreements with his counterparts at Beida and Fudan, said, "These are exciting and important agreements. The exchanges reflect our continued commitment to educating American students about China and Chinese students about American law. Columbia Law School has been a leader in education about and engagement with China for more than thirty years; it is thus natural that we would be a leader in establishing student exchanges with China."