The first Chinese Law Winter Class was held by KoGuan School of Law of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Melbourne in KoGuan School of Law from November 26, 2017 to December 3, 2017. The attendance of this Melbourne Winter Class amounted to 22 students and the winter team leaders of the University of Melbourne were Professor Andrew Godwin whose majored in Financial Law and Lecturer Hop Dang. The students were all in the JD Program of the University of Melbourne.
On the evening of November 27, all the students of the Winter Class and teachers in charge of the project participated in the opening ceremony in the teachers’ activity center at Xuhui Campus. The one-week Winter Class was officially launched. This Winter Class was rich in content and varied in form. It not only included course teaching and training, but also provided visits to the judicial organs and top international law firms.
After in-depth discussion by both partners, a total of three Chinese Law courses were selected for this Winter Class, covering law subjects such as Financial Law, Investment Law and Legal Sociology, so as to make students of the Winter Class understand the general situation of Chinese Law. All courses were taught in English, and the lectures were arranged in KoGuan School of Law at Xuhui Campus.
In addition to the course lectures, the law school arranged a variety of visits for students. During their study in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, students firstly learned about the school's history and rigorous academic atmosphere to help students understand the law school better. On the afternoon of November 28, the students came to the International Financial Center in Lujiazui and visited the famous Zhong Lun Law Firm. Focusing on the questions they were interested in and the career directions that they might pursue in the future, the students asked the partners of the law firm one after another, showing great interest in the profession of lawyers.
On the afternoon of November 29, the students visited the People's Court of Minhang District in Shanghai. With the help of the teachers and present staffs, the students learned about the institutional settings and functions of the court. In the discussion session after the visit, the students enthusiastically communicated with the teachers and judges.
On December 1, the certificate awarding ceremony and farewell dinner of the Winter Class were held in the teachers’ activity center at Xuhui Campus. The participants said that their first time to China made them deeply feel the legal culture of this traditional oriental country. KoGuan School of Law expressed that we hoped to continuously improve existing projects, further expand the influence of law schools and attract more excellent cooperative colleges and students with good qualities.