University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) becomes the first U.S. law school to join China-Mekong Law Center’s JD Initiative program, per a CMLC-UMKC consulting contract effective January 1, 2014. Pursuant to this contract, CMLC will serve as manager for dual degree programs between UMKC and Yunnan University Law School (YNU) in Southwest China. As part of this initiative, CMLC has already begun preparing YNU students for their future studies in the U.S. through an “English Language Dialogue Class offered to second and third year YNU undergraduate law students in autumn 2013. This “dialogue” class is designed to strengthen students’ ability to converse and debate in the English language in an informal setting before the students are exposed to more demanding U.S. style law courses employing Socratic teaching methodology.
Expectations are that up to four YNU undergraduate students will enter UMKC in autumn 2014 to begin their studies in the U.S. CMLC looks forward to watching these students excel as they prove themselves worthy of ultimately receiving a U.S. Juris Doctor degree. The students’ preparation continues with their participation in CMCL’s innovative “Comparative Government Procurement Law” course being offered at YNU during spring semester 2014.