A delegation from the All China Youth Federation met staff and students at The College of Law in Bristol during a recent visit to the city.
At a reception held at the Temple Circus centre the group shared their knowledge of the legal services market in China and learned about legal education and the routes to becoming a lawyer in the UK.
The College event was part of the federation’s inaugural visit to Bristol, which was arranged through the British Council by former Bristol College of Law student Darren Jones, who is now a trainee solicitor at law firm Bond Pearce LLP.
The All China Youth Federation is a non-governmental organisation of the People’s Republic of China and represents a number of organisations for people aged under 45. It is an influential organisation within the political landscape of China and is regarded as a training ground for future political leaders with both the current and former Presidents of China having come through the organisation.
The Bristol delegation was headed up by the Deputy Director of International at the All China Youth Federation in Beijing, Mr Xiang Yang, and the Secretary-General of the China Youth Press Association, Mr Zhang Jing.
During their visit to The College of Law, Business Development Director Robert Dudley gave a presentation to delegates covering the recent changes to the UK legal market, the growth of e-learning, routes to legal practice in the UK and the opportunities provided by the College for both domestic and overseas students as well as its links with Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing. The College students were able to find out about the Chinese legal market, its growth and the ways in which Chinese law students qualify.
A delegation from the All China Youth Federation meets staff and students at The College of Law in Bristol
The College of Law in Bristol offers a range of post-graduate courses for both aspiring and qualified lawyers and will also be running a new two-year LL.B undergraduate law degree from 2013.
Barbara Heys, Associate Professor, said: “The Chinese delegates clearly found the differences between the routes to becoming a lawyer in the UK compared to China interesting. They were very well informed and readily answered the students' questions. I’m very pleased that Darren Jones hopes to set up a Bristol partnership with the All China Youth Federation as this may provide further opportunities for our students such as exchanges and internships.”
The delegation also visited the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the Bristol Junior Chamber, the Bristol and Bath Science Park and was officially welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Bristol at a dinner held at the Mansion House in Clifton.
Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org)