Post-Graduate Experience in China
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Chongqing, China
Drake Law School’s Post-Graduate Experience in China will enable May 2014 (or December 2013) Drake Law graduates to STUDY tuition-free at South West University of Political Science & Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China, during the fall 2014 semester or TEACH at SWUPL for the 2014-2015 academic year. Eight Drake Law graduates have participated in the program in recent years, seven as students and one as a teacher.

The International Law Fellowships and Foreign Expert Teacher positions in China should be of special interest to those graduates whose post-graduate employment is uncertain (or those whose employer is willing to defer a new associate’s start day because they can see the “value added” that such an experience can provide). Each of the prior Fellows took the Iowa Bar Exam in July and left for China in mid-August, studying at SWUPL during the fall semester and of course traveling China.


International Law Fellowship
    • Enroll at SWUPL as a full-time student and pay no tuition or fees, either to Drake or SWUPL.
    • Fellows are responsible for their round trip air fare, housing and living expenses.
    • SWUPL offers five Chinese law courses taught in English (10 credits) and courses on spoken and written Beginning Mandarin Chinese.
    • SWUPL enrolls international students from around the world (including Britain, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Spain, and USA).
    • The law courses are small, typically about 20-25 students, and are taught as undergraduate courses.
View a slideshow on the International Law Fellowship here.


Foreign Expert Teacher
    • Teach 14-16 hours of law classes per week. (Course topics will be determined based on institutional needs and the person’s academic strengths and interests.)
    • Foreign Expert Teachers will be paid a base salary and provided with housing, airfare, basic insurance and a travel stipend.
View a slideshow on the Foreign Expert Teacher program here.

Chongqing, China
Chongqing is the fastest growing city in China with a population of nearly 29 million, and it is booming even by China’s growth standards. Chongqing is one of four federal municipalities in China, so its economy gets a further boost from the infusion of national government funding. By all accounts business and trade between China and Iowa is likely to expand significantly as a byproduct of Xi Jinping’s Presidency and his longstanding friendship with Governor Branstad and other Iowans.


Complete the online application here.

Application deadline: April 1, 2014 at 12 p.m. 
Applicant interviews with program staff: April 1 – April 4, 2014
Placement offers announced: Mid-April
Participants arrive in China: August 20- August 25, 2014 (to be confirmed)

Contact Ellen Yee

Last Modified: 3/26/2014 11:28:00 AM by Ann Van Hemert