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China's Renmin U. Added to Summer Abroad Program

NOVEMBER 5, 2008—Renmin University, also known as the People's University of China, has been added to the summer abroad program in 2009 for second- and third-year Law School students. Located in the Haidian District of Beijing, Renmin is a center of academic and cultural exchange through partnerships with 125 foreign universities and research institutions in 32 countries and regions. Its school of law, founded in 1950, publishes the Jurist's Review and Jurisprudence: Selected Publications from Chinese Universities and manages a nationally known website, China Civil and Commercial Law.

The 2009 session will run from June 1 to July 3. Renmin University faculty will teach a mandatory Introduction to Chinese Legal Institutions course along with two or three additional courses on Chinese legal subjects.

Professor Brett McDonnell will teach Comparative Business Entities, and Professor Ann Burkhart will teach Comparative Land Use. University of Minnesota language faculty will teach beginning-level and intermediate-level Mandarin language courses.

Visits, still in the planning stages, will be part of the courses and may include the Supreme People's Court, the National People's Congress, the Beijing Institute of Planning, a local law firm, and local courts. An optional weekend-long visit to Shanghai is also planned. Tuition will be $600 per credit hour.

More information about study abroad programs is available at http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/international.html.