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01 Sep 2020


Fudan Law School dual-degree program with Washington University enters second year

By Liu Li

With Fudan University Law School starting the second year of partnership with the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, another group of Fudan students and scholars will have access to law study at Washington University.

This partnership allows students in Fudan University’s Juris Master program to also pursue a Master of Laws (LLM) at Washington University. Meanwhile, it opens a door for faculty exchanges from both sides.

“We are excited to continue this innovative program with one of the top law schools in China, and we look forward to deepening our partnership in the coming years”, said Nancy Staudt, dean and the Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law, who enjoyed the collaboration with Dean Wang Zhiqiang from Fudan University Law School and his team to ensure that these students receive the best of both worlds through this dual-degree program.

Jingsheng (Lucy) Yang, a member of the program’s first cohort who graduated in May expressed her appreciation. She loved how committed the professors and instructors were to their academic success and how they encouraged her to explore different life possibilities with the many events going on in and out of the campus. Through this program, she established a global perspective towards social and legal issues on top of learning how to think like a lawyer.

Yicheng Wang, also a member of the first cohort, felt deeply grateful to this experience at Washington University School of Law. “[It] equipped me with theoretical knowledge of common law and practice skills as a lawyer by exchanging of ideas with the brilliant professors and students and participating in various activities.”

While visiting Washington University in October 2019, Wang Zhiqiang (right), dean of Fudan University Law School, exchanges gifts with Nancy Staudt, dean and the Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law. (Source: Washington University)

This partnership is also favoured by scholars and professors. David Konig, professor of law and of history in Arts & Sciences, is the first Washington University professor to win a Fudan fellowship. During his one-month stay at Fudan in early 2019, he presented a number of lectures which were well-received on and off campus.

Fudan University Law School boasts exchange partnerships with universities around the world, including:

Harvard University in the US;

Columbia University in the US;

Stockholm University in Sweden;

University of Helsinki in Finland;

Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain;

University of Law, Economics and Sciences of Aix-Marseille in France;

SOAS University of London in the UK;

The University of Dublin in Ireland;

Tel Aviv University in Israel;

National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia;

The University of Hong Kong in China;

Chungnam National University in South Korea;

and Osaka University in Japan, etc. 

Source: Washington University in St. Louis

Editor: Deng Jianguo, Li Yijie, Wang Mengqi