Professor Amy Yin, a visiting scholar from the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade School of Law (SIFT) in China, delivered a presentation on Chinese legal education and the legal profession at the most recent installment of the law school's Faculty Workshop Luncheon Series.
During her presentation, Professor Yin explained that levels of Chinese legal education can range from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels, and that once passing the National Judicial Exam, these students can become lawyers, procurators charged with both the investigation and prosecution of crime, and judges.
Professor Yin also detailed elements of Chinese legal instruction, including moot courts and the prevalence of bilingual teaching. She said that many Chinese universities are looking for the opportunities to cooperate with foreign universities.
While working with the school's Government Law Center (GLC) on research projects, Professor Yin is also guest lecturing in classes and speaking to students about Chinese law and culture.
At SIFT, Professor Yin teaches international economic law and international commercial law. She has published a book in China on the law of diplomatic rights, The Legal System of Diplomatic Protection and China (Shanghai People Press, 2000), which was the basis for her doctoral thesis. She also maintains a part-time law practice while reading for a post-doctoral degree.
Albany Law School signed an agreement with SIFT to pursue cooperative educational programs and collaborative research initiatives for students and faculties in both countries.