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A Lesson from the Chinese Law Summer Program: Don’t Make “the Best” an Enemy of “the Better”

During one of the lectures during the Chinese Law Summer Program, Professor He Jiahong talked in-depth about the evolution of criminal procedure in China over the past 40 years. It was a lecture that was exemplary of why studying abroad is an amazing experience. That morning, I finally started to grasp part of the root of how our systems differ. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it, so bear with me as I speculate.

In America, we carry around the identity of our country within ourselves.

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2012 Oxford Summer Program

I just returned from Oxford, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was by far one of the best summers of my life.

I was drawn to the program because I had heard from many students who had gone previously say it was one of their favorite law school experiences. I have met people who graduated from OU 20 years ago who went to Oxford and still talk about how much they loved it. I knew I had to go.

I think one of the best things about Oxford is the sense of community.

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OU Law Sponsors Much-Needed Breaks During Oklahoma Bar Exam

After hours of answering grueling bar exam questions on July 24 and 25, OU Law students exited the testing room at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to see a few familiar faces standing in front of Dining on Persimmon Hill restaurant across the hall. OU Law Dean Joe Harroz, Assistant Dean Scott Palk, OPCD Director Casey Delaney and Alumni Relations Director Raegan King greeted them with sympathetic smiles, encouraging words and a free lunch.  

“We all remember how difficult taking the bar exam was,” Dean Palk said.

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OU Law Hosts Section Release Party for Incoming 1Ls

On June 29, Dean Joe Harroz opened his home to incoming first-year students for the inaugural Section Release Party. Incoming students typically find out their sections right before schools starts, during orientation. Susan Wilson, director of admissions, said that the faculty and staff decided it would be more meaningful to have an event in the summer.

“We typically have to wait until August for them to get here,” Assistant Dean Scott Palk said. “We simply did not want to wait! We wanted to get them here early so they could all meet each other.”

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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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