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    JULY 21, 2005
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Temple Law receives $100,000 grant
to support Judicial Education Program
in China

In support of Temple's Judicial Education Program, which offers short-term educational opportunities to judges in the People's Republic of China, Alcoa Foundation has awarded the Beasley School of Law a $100,000 grant.  

The award supplements a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of State for ongoing expansion of Temple Law's innovative rule of law projects in China.

The two-year grant will assist Temple and the National Judicial Training College of the Supreme People's Court of China with their partnership that offers training and support for judges who are actively involved in the development of China's legal system.

The program consists of three months of education on the U.S. legal system at the National Judicial Training College in Beijing followed by a concentrated four-week program in the United States, providing judges in China with a comparative context for their work in the legal system.

The Judicial Education Program is one of several groundbreaking projects that Temple leads in China.

For the past seven years, Beasley School of Law's China rule of law project, which offers a master of laws program, non-degree judicial training for judges and prosecutors, legislative drafting projects and scholarly roundtables, has been helping China develop a fair and credible legal system, a crucial step in the maturation of the country's market economy.

The master of laws program, operated in cooperation with Tsinghua University, was the first foreign law degree-granting program in China's history, and is viewed as the most comprehensive foreign law degree program offered in the nation.

Courses offered range from U.S. constitutional law to e-commerce law.

As of today, 141 Chinese legal professionals have graduated from the program, including 45 judges, 23 prosecutors, 27 government officials, 14 law professors and eight NGO legal counsels.  

Also, 25 Tibetans and other minority lawyers have graduated or are currently students.