Interview with Lori Reynolds, Director of Graduate and International Programs at Peking University School of Transnational Law
Lori Reynolds is Director of Graduate and International Programs and Lecturer of Law. She joined STL in 2012 as the Director of Advanced Legal Studies and teaches a course on Intercultural Competence for Lawyers. She has an AB from Duke University, a JD from the University of Colorado Law School, and a TESOL graduate certificate from American University. She has worked for American University, the Institute of International Education, and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and taught graduate and undergraduate courses on cultural issues in education and an LL.M. course on the American Legal System.
Why Peking University STL?
Peking University School of Transnational Law is unique in China and unique in the world. While part of a distinguished university that is over 100 year old, the School of Transnational Law is a relatively young and innovative school that offers over 70 English-language law courses emphasizing transnational law and practice.
What makes Peking STL so unique?
An LL.M. from STL sets students apart. They learn Western and Chinese law from the top university in China and get to do so in the one of the most dynamic regions of the world. The experience is unparalleled.
We know that the cross-cultural aspect is one of the biggest strength of the STL LL.M.How do you help your students understand the legal traditions of Chinese and Western Law?
Students learn about and interact with Chinese and Western law in and out of the classroom and are able to gain a deep understanding of the ways these legal traditions have developed and, in many ways, are merging today. They learn from scholars, practitioners, and experts who teach courses such as China & the WTO, Corporate Governance from a Global Perspective, and Chinese Judicial Reform from a Comparative Perspective.
Besides legal knowledge, which other skills and abilities can students grow from this program? (practical skills, leadership)
Students learn how to apply their legal knowledge in a variety of ways that develop their practical skills, leadership, and problem-solving abilities. Many courses focus on skill development and give students practice with cross-cultural negotiations, problems of ambiguity in bilingual contracts, and client-lawyer interactions.
What kind of career path can the students expect?
LL.M. graduates from PKU STL will go on to distinguished careers in private sector, public sector, public interest legal work, and legal academia around the world.
What are the characteristics of STL LL.M.? Will the students learn about the legal system in China?
Students at STL benefit from learning multiple legal systems in one of the world's most dynamic areas of business and trade. Our courses include Chinese law and legal traditions taught by expert scholars and practitioners. Course offerings include China Law & Business, Introduction to Traditional Chinese Legal Thought, East Asian Economic Structures, and China-Africa Investment Arbitration.
Who are the Professors and Professionals teaching in your program?
Our courses are taught by distinguished multi-national resident and visiting faculty. Our resident faculty includes scholars of international trade law, food safety policy, public international law and private dispute resolution, along with leading and emerging scholars of investment treaty arbitration, capital markets, securities regulation, comparative corporate governance, Chinese legal history and philosophy, Chinese environmental regulation and administrative law, China civil law, and several other important fields of law. Members of our resident faculty previously have held academic appointments at University College London, Erasmus University, Hong Kong University, Peking University (Beijing), Max Planck Institute, University Aix-Marseille, and other leading institutions worldwide. Our regular visiting faculty includes scholars from Harvard, Stanford, NYU, King's College (London), Georgetown, and other leading research universities, along with high-level jurists and lawyers from around the world.
Does Peking STL provide career support for the graduates? Is it possible for a foreign student to apply for an internship/job position in China?
Yes, we have a Career Development Office with dedicated staff members who have strong networks in the legal community. The career services we provide as well as the employment placement of our graduates is provided on our website here: http://stl.pku.edu.cn/careers/careers
Is any scholarship available to your students?
Yes, we provide a limited number of scholarships for highly qualified students and allapplicants are considered for these scholarships. We also encourage applicants to apply for the Chinese Government scholarship listed on our website as well as other scholarships for which they may be eligible.
Do you offer summer or executive programs at STL?
We are developing executive programs and encourage those interested to contact us about start dates. We're also part of the Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law (PRAIA). The Academy provides education and training on international and policy at the intersection of international and domestic law. It is designed for postgraduate students, early-career academics and researchers, and early-career lawyers working in government or private practice or as in- house counsel in private and public enterprises.
How is the alumni network like? How many alumni do you have? What are their positions and in which countries are they working now?
Yes, we have a strong and growing network of alumni as well as regular networking events for alumni. A list of where our graduates have been placed is on our website here: http://stl.pku.edu.cn/careers/careers Our alumni are working throughout China and throughout the world.