The University of Law (ULaw) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Shanghai’s leading law school, The East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). The partnership between two of the world’s premier law schools creates an innovative academic partnership between the UK and China.
The partnership will provide study opportunities for aspiring lawyers and forms part of ULaw’s wider strategy of developing complementary partnerships that will enable it to build its international student base. The move also reflects the growing demand from the University’s law firm network as firms increasingly seek candidates with strong Chinese language and global legal skills. In the first phase, the agreement will establish summer schools for ECUPL law students to study at ULaw in London and for ULaw students to study at ECUPL’s campus in Shanghai. ECUPL students will also have the opportunity to take ULaw’s LL.M one year programme in London, which will count as a credit towards their legal qualification in China.
The occasion was marked at a ceremony in Shanghai and was attended by Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of the City of London in her first official engagement as Chancellor of ULaw and CEO John Latham. The ULaw delegation was welcomed with speeches from Professor He Qinhua, ECUPL President, and Professor Liu Xiaohong, ECUPL Vice-President. Also in attendance were guests from the UK and China, including representatives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The Law Society of England and Wales, DLA Piper, Standard Chartered, Zhong Lun Law Firm, Jun He Law Offices, Grandall Law Firm and leaders from business.
John Latham, CEO, ULaw said: “We are both excited and honoured to embark on this partnership with ECUPL. Shanghai is a key legal services market for our clients and ECUPL’s prestige and heritage makes them the perfect partner for ULaw. Our graduates are already some of the most employable in the UK and adding this global dimension to our future offering will only further enhance that position.”
Professor He Qinhua, President of ECUPL commented: “ECUPL and ULaw share many similarities, including our core interests and values. We both focus on providing top-level education opportunities to students with a constant emphasis on promoting innovation and building global networks. In the future, we will join hands to nurture talents with deep understanding of Chinese and UK laws who one day could make a contribution to the economic and cultural exchange between China and the UK. The two universities, based on effective cooperation, could also play a key role in facilitating the communication and exchange of legal education and culture between Shanghai and London.”
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