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OU Law group explores “land of contradictions”

It is a cliché to say that China is a land of contradictions, but the first OU law students participating in the Chinese Law Summer Program are finding the truth in that platitude.  Eight OU law students are living in China for a month, attending classes on the Chinese legal system at Renmin University Law School and exploring the dynamic capital city of Beijing. 

China’s capital city is an enigma, home to both ancient and modern China, not to mention more than 22 million permanent residents and a “floating population” of another 10 million or so migrant workers. 

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Chinese Negotiations

When deciding to study abroad to learn about the Chinese legal system this summer, I did not really plan on my negotiating skills getting a big work out. Well I was wrong. We go to class during the day soaking in everything we can about the intricacies of the legal system in China, but the Socratic method is not widely used here, so we do not use many oral skills. However, our oral arguments and negotiating skills are put to the test at the famous Chinese silk markets.

Walking through the silk shops will do wonders for anyone’s self esteem.

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LL.M. Graduate to Teach at University of North Dakota

Christine Fritze, a 2012 graduate of the John B. Turner LL.M. Program, has accepted a visiting professorship at the University of North Dakota School of Law to teach natural resources, oil and gas, and elder law in 2012-13. UND is the only law school in North Dakota.  Christine has agreed to a one-year commitment with hopes to stay for a second year.

In addition, Christine has been named as the UND’s trustee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Lawyer Foundation and will attend the annual institute on behalf of the university.

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Closing Thoughts

This weekend, my best friends and I will be hooded and conferred with Juris Doctor degrees from a place we have come to call home.

It is true what they say, that law school is hard, and the academics are rigorous. But, it has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

You see, as much as I’ve learned at the College of Law about our nation’s founding transcribed in the text of our Constitution, or debated with my friends about the merits of an emerging area of Environmental Law, I have sincerely learned that we are more alike then we are different.

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Four Students Graduate from Interdisciplinary Training Program on Child Abuse and Neglect

On Thursday, April 26, the Interdisciplinary Training Program on Child Abuse and Neglect held its graduation ceremony in Oklahoma City at the Health Sciences Center.  Four of our OU Law students received their certificates for completing this rigorous program:  Nicollette Brandt, Courtney Bucklin, Allyson Dow, and Kristin Fisher. In addition, Courtney Bucklin earned the Outstanding Student Award, the first OU Law student to do so in 8 years.

Congratulations to all the students on their achievements!

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