July 9, 2012



Brook Arbeitman

Director of Marketing and Communications

Oklahoma City University School of Law



(OKLAHOMA CITY – JULY 9, 2012) – Oklahoma City University School of Law is kicking off its Certificate in American Law Program tonight with an opening banquet for the participating Chinese students and professors.  The program is a partnership between Oklahoma City University School of Law and Nankai University School of Law in Tianjin, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan and Beijing Normal University in ZhuHai, China.


The certificate program provides an extensive background on the American legal system for the Chinese students who will be on campus for the next four weeks.  Participants will attend classes at the law school on the American Legal System, Legal Research and Writing, the Legal Profession and Trial Practice. The month culminates with a mock trial at the Federal Courthouse where the students argue a case (in English) before a judge.


“This program provides a unique opportunity to introduce Chinese students to our legal system and expose our students to the Chinese culture,” said Dean Valerie K. Couch.  “We welcome our visitors and look forward to the many activities planned during their time with us.”


The 21 students and three professors arrived in Oklahoma City yesterday and they will be here through August 3, 2012.  Not only will they be attending class in the heart of Oklahoma City, but there are also numerous cultural activities planned for the law school’s guests including tours of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma History Center. They will also attend the Woodward Rodeo, tour the Capitol including a visit with alumnus Lt. Governor Todd Lamb ’05 and attend a dinner at the home of alumna Justice Yvonne Kauger ’69 of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  The Chinese students and professors will also observe a naturalization ceremony.


Oklahoma City University School of Law’s Certificate in American Law Program grew out of a partnership between the law school and Nankai University that was established in 2005.  Since then, both institutions have sent delegations of students, faculty and administrators to each country to expand legal and cultural horizons.  The four-week Certificate program began in 2007 and has since expanded to include several Chinese universities.


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