Asian Correspondent » GW Law School Asian Correspondent Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GW Law School: A student’s view Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:40:14 +0000

I am Qiong Tao, a candidate for the Master of Laws degree in International and Comparative Law at The George Washington University Law School. I earned a bachelor’s degree in International Economic Law, at East China University of Political Science and Law. During my undergraduate education, I had a chance to study at the Law School of City University of Hong Kong as a visiting student in the fall of 2008. That experience gave me a better understanding of the “Rule-by-Law” concept. In the summer of 2007, I also attended a program held at the University of Maryland where I learned the criminal and procedural law of the United States by attending trials in Washington D.C. and visiting jails. However, it still was difficult for me to adjust to studying at the George Washington University Law School. At the beginning, the different legal system and language barrier presented a significant challenge. Thanks to the help of the professors, advisers and fellow students, I have gained experience through my internships and adapted to the busy and meaningful life in law school.

GW Law student Sherry (Qiong) Tao

Qiong Tao

Students can find out about the many internship opportunities available to GW Law students at the school’s Career Development Office. All you need to do is to make an appointment with the advisors. Usually, they will give you some instructions such as how to write an impressive resume or what the employer is looking for. After polishing your resume, do not hesitate to bid on the job positions posted on Simplicity and ISIP job posting systems; believe or not, I got my internship of choice this way. This fall, I had a short term consultant appointment with the staff of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), of the World Bank. I was assigned to do work for the Investment Generation department within the IFC. I researched regulations and administrative rules on China-related foreign direct investment (FDI) issues and I drafted legal opinions for the Investing Across Borders (IAB) section. In addition, thanks to the information provided by the career center, I have been offered a great opportunity to work in the Office of Hearing, of the Department of Transportation this winter break. From this experience, I am beginning to learn many valuable specifics related to the U.S. legal system.

Professors and students are warm-hearted to international students. In terms of the legal writing class, international LL.M students are divided into several sections. Each section is led by a professional International Teaching Fellow (ITF), who is either a practicing lawyer or a knowledgeable tutor. The skills taught in the class are practical, as they are exactly what I have been asked to do in court. The first time I wrote my memo, the fellow students within the Writing Center helped me a lot. They corrected my grammar and structure mistakes, gave me some suggestions on the organization of my written work and shared their thoughts on some particular issues. Owning to the efforts of my ITF and the fellow students, I have become familiar with the blue book, and I have mastered the skills to write memos, step by step.

The strong regional reputation, gifted scholars and teachers, promising career development, and D.C. location definitely make the school a great option for international students to study law. I really enjoy my life at GW Law!

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GW Law School: A student’s view Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:54:32 +0000


Hello, my name is Sopheak Lay. I came to GW Law from Cambodia. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Royal University of Law and Economics in 2006 and a Bachelor of Education in English in 2007 from the Institute of Foreign Language, Royal University of Phnom Penh. Having spent around six months as an intern and a UNDP legal researcher in Cambodia, I then pursued my Master of Laws in South Korea from 2007–09.   

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by! It feels like I just arrived in D.C. and at GW Law, but three months have already passed. I have cherished my time here and am grateful that I have had this opportunity. I still remember how the School warmly welcomed me and my fellow students; I especially appreciated how the staff was so helpful and informative and committed to assisting us in adapting to life in the U.S. The orientation and reception really helped me quickly feel like a part of the school and to get to know my classmates, who come from all over the world. 

Although difficult and exhausting at times, I really value the knowledge and experience I’m gaining from the classes I am taking. My area of specialization is International and Comparative Law, and the School has an incredible number of International Law subjects for students to choose from. I have the chance to study both with American J.D. students and International LL.M. students, which has given me so many new insights. Studying with my LL.M. classmates, many of whom have a lot of professional experience, I have been able to gain much useful and practical knowledge, whereas I have had an opportunity to improve my English and exchange cultural ideas and experiences by making friends with J.D. students. I have also found the professors at GW Law to be extremely knowledgeable and to be very helpful when I need them to advise me and assist with my studies.

Outside of the classroom I also have enjoyed my time D.C. itself. It is great to study law in the U.S. capital. I used to watch TV dramas and movies about lawyers and courtrooms―Boston Legal and Justice are my favorites. Now, I know more about what actually goes on in a U.S. courtroom since I have had the opportunity to visit real ones and watch real cases in action. So far I have been to the Court of Appeals in D.C. and I plan to go to the Supreme Court soon.

I’m very happy with my decision to attend GW and eager to continue taking advantage of the many valuable experiences that still lie ahead in my classes and through the real-life experience available at the School and in D.C.



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GW Law introduces new Business & Finance LL.M. program Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:23:25 +0000

GW Law is proud to announce its new LL.M. in Business and Finance Law. The Law School’s ongoing and in-depth relationship with regulators and business leaders nationally and abroad provides students with exceptional opportunities for study and internships.

“We are excited about the addition of the Business and Finance LL.M. program, which adds value to our already rich and diverse curriculum and range of programs and initiatives,” said Dean Frederick M. Lawrence. “The program draws on the depth of knowledge and experience of our faculty, and surely will be enriched by our numerous connections to the national and international business and finance communities.”

Students may design their own curriculum or choose to concentrate in such fields as commercial law, corporate law, securities regulation, finance, or international business and trade. “As an international corporate lawyer, I looked for a program which would provide me with a better and more comprehensive understanding of the different legal aspects that influence the global business and financial market,” said Naama Davidovich, a Business and Finance LL.M. student from Tel Aviv, Israel. “The program offers a variety of professors who are experts in their fields which enhances the learning experience.”

The LL.M. in Business and Finance Law is a vital part of the newly formed Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF), a think tank within the Law School designed for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law facing the United States and the global community. “Our Business and Finance LL.M. program gives our students a concentrated education in these globally vital areas, with some of the best and most creative scholars in the field,” said Lawrence E. Mitchell, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Economics and Finance, and the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law.

Learn more about GW Law’s LL.M. in Business and Finance Law.


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