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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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April 2 Event With Assistant Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees in the U.S. State Department

The Oklahoma International Law Society is hosting an event 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 2, with Evelyn Aswad, the Assistant Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees in the U.S. State Department. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!  The event begins in Classroom 6 at 4 p.m., and she will give a lecture on her role in Legal at the State Department.  There is a reception following the lecture in the Sneed Lounge from 5 to 6 p.m., where all attendees will get a chance to meet Evelyn Aswad and enjoy great Italian food.

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Clinic students gain global experiences in Zambia, Argentina

As member countries of the United Nations, Argentina and Zambia are required to submit reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council on the status of human rights provided to their indigenous populations. Two groups of OU Law students in the International Human Rights Clinic traveled to these countries in January 2012 to investigate their human rights protections. The students met with native peoples, government representatives and others to research how each country’s indigenous communities can be helped.

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Our Path to Studying Abroad in Switzerland

Our decision to study abroad in Luzern, Switzerland, began with roasted marshmallows– like so many big life decisions do.  Josh, my husband who is now a 3L, met Jennifer, a law student from the University of Luzern, in one of his classes at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  Jennifer was visiting OU Law for the fall semester, around the same time we were beginning to think about studying abroad. 

We invited her over for a traditional American dinner and were captivated by her descriptions of Switzerland. 

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