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Study Abroad Class in Nanjing, China

Contemporary Problems in Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives (LAW 359A)

1 unit - Professor Jennifer Mertus, Whittier Law School

This course will examine various topics in family law from a comparative perspective. Topics covered may include recognition of non-traditional family structures, parental rights, and laws regarding procreation and family formation including assisted reproductive technology and adoption.

International Adoption Law (LAW 526)

1-2 units - Professor Jennifer Mertus, Whittier Law School

An examination of the modern legal issues pertaining to international adoption law. Topics include an overview of events and laws leading up to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention), an overview of the Hague Adoption Convention and related legislation, a survey of the effect of the Hague Convention on adoption laws in foreign countries and the U.S., and an evaluation of the effectiveness of post-Hague Convention intercountry adoption laws and procedures.

Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody (LAW 587)

1 unit - Professor Courtney Shepard, Attorney at Law at Burch & Coulston, L.L.P

This experiential course will cover legal issues commonly encountered by family law practitioners. Specifically the course will take a child custody case from inception to completion in California and will address a variety of issues attorneys may encounter along the way such as Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) issues, modifications, move-away cases, mediation, minor’s Counsel, and §730 Evidence Code evaluations. *Prior to Summer 2014, this course was titled Child Custody: Law & Practice.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (LAW 611)

1 unit - Joseph R. Donnini

This course explores negotiation, arbitration, and mediation as alternatives to litigation in resolving civil disputes. Practical strategies for lawyers are also discussed. A primary area of focus is the role of the lawyer in each of the different processes. Simulations are conducted to develop practice skills and as a basis for exploring the public policy and other issues that arise in this area.

Legal Aspects of Venture Capital & Private Equity (LAW 723)

1 unit - Professor Joseph Cha, Founding Partner and General Counsel, FUEL Capital

A survey of the legal and business structures, agreements, transactions, and regulations related to limited partner investments in an international fund; the formation and operation of funds and the general partner entity; and structuring investments and management of portfolio companies, with a special emphasis on the development of China's regulatory framework on offshore funds investing in China.

International and Comparative Employment Law (LAW 964)

1-2 units - Professor Joseph R. Donnini, Whittier Law School

With the forces of globalization as a backdrop, this course develops labor and employment law in the context of the national laws of three countries important to the global economy -- the U.S., China, and Mexico. These national jurisdictions are highlighted by considering international labor standards promulgated by the International Labor Organization (ILO), as well as the rulings and standards that emerge from the trade arrangement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico -- the labor side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The course includes discussion about enforcing international labor rights in U.S. courts and global corporate codes of conduct.

Saturday
July 12
Sunday
July 13
Monday
July 14
Tuesday
July 15
Wednesday
July 16
Thursday
July 17
Friday
July 18

Check In
Jingli Hotel

2:00 p.m.

Orientation
(meet in hotel lobby)

10:00 a.m.

2:00 - 5:40
International Adoption Law

OR

2:00 - 5:40
International and Comparative Employment Law

9:00 - 10:50
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 10:50
International and Comparative Employment Law

11:00 - 12:50
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

OR

11:00 - 12:50
Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 - 10:50
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 10:50
International and Comparative Employment Law

11:00 - 12:50
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

OR

11:00 - 12:50
Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 - 10:50
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 10:50
International and Comparative Employment Law

11:00 - 12:50
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

OR

11:00 - 12:50
Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 - 11:30
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 11:30
International and Comparative Employment Law

12:00 - 1:20
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Group Cultural Event in Beijing

Saturday
July 19
Sunday
July 20
Monday
July 21
Tuesday
July 22
Wednesday
July 23
Thursday
July 24
Friday
July 25

Group Cultural Event in Beijing

Free Day in Beijing

10:00 - 1:40
International Adoption Law
(visit Beijing Children's Legal Aid and Research Center)

OR

10:00 - 1:40
International and Comparative Employment Law
(visit Beijing Legal Aid Office for Migrant Workers)

Return to Nanjing

12:00 - 1:50
International Adoption Law

OR

12:00 - 1:50
International and Comparative Employment Law

2:00 - 3:50
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

OR

2:00 - 3:50
Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 - 10:50
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 10:50
International and Comparative Employment Law

11:00 - 12:50
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

OR

11:00 - 12:50
Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 - 10:50
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 10:50
International and Comparative Employment Law

11:00 - 12:50
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

OR

11:00 - 12:50
Alternative Dispute Resolution

9:00 - 11:30
International Adoption Law

OR

9:00 - 12:00
International and Comparative Employment Law

12:10 - 1:00
Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

Sat. July 26 Sun. July 27 Monday
July 28
Tuesday
July 29
Wednesday
July 30
Thursday
July 31
Friday
August 1
   

12:00 - 2:20
Legal Aspects of Venture Capital and Private Equity

11:00 - 1:20
Contemporary Problems in Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives

11:00 - 1:20
Contemporary Problems in Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives

1:00 - 3:20
Legal Aspects of Venture Capital and Private Equity

11:00 - 1:20
Contemporary Problems in Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives

1:00 - 3:20
Legal Aspects of Venture Capital and Private Equity

11:00 - 1:20
Contemporary Problems in Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives

1:00 - 3:20
Legal Aspects of Venture Capital and Private Equity

11:00 - 1:20
Contemporary Problems in Family Law Seminar: Comparative Perspectives

1:00 - 3:20
Legal Aspects of Venture Capital and Private Equity

"I can honestly say that going to China was not only the best trip I ever took but it is also the best decision I’ve made since coming to Whittier Law School."

— James Drake, 3L, SBA President (attended after 2L year)

WLS Study Abroad Program - China
WLS Study Abroad Program - China
WLS Study Abroad Program - China
WLS Study Abroad Program - China
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