Sunday, June 3, 2012

On the Job! Dean, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China

(On the Job! pays occasional notice to interesting intlaw job notices)

The Peking University School of Transnational Law welcomes applications from around the world for the position of Dean.
As I posted a few days ago, the school known as STL, began operations 4 years ago in Shenzhen, a mainland China city of  15 million persons located across the border from Hong Kong. STL is part of the century-plus-old Peking University system. Later this month it will graduate its first class of 53 students, mostly Chinese, who have studied law in a 4-year program that combines a Juris Doctor degree, taught in English on the American model and a Juris Master degree, taught in Chinese on the Chinese model. Faculty include both American and Chinese law professors.  As described in the full job notice available here:
'A unique creation of China’s most prominent university, STL reflects both the spirit of globalization and the spirit of an elite educational institution designed to cultivate cross-cultural legal talents in the 21st century. The school’s first class, totaling 53 students, will graduate from the four-year program this summer. The succeeding classes have numbered 60, 73, and 79 respectively; a new class of 90 students will begin this fall. STL students are selected using the highest admission criteria in mainland China, to ensure that the students are able to excel in the demanding bilingual and bicultural law curriculum and become exceptionally desirable candidates in the global legal market. Since its founding, STL has drawn worldwide attention. It has already produced curricular innovations tailored to the special needs of the transnational legal profession. The school’s unique ambition, combined with its extraordinary student quality, has attracted some of the best professors from the U.S. and other countries to teach, either as permanent or as affiliated transnational faculty. Everyone associated with STL senses the power of the community and shares a zeal for its future success.'
The school hopes to appoint its next dean very soon; as posted, STL's founding Dean, Jeff Lehman, is moving to establish a brand-new undergraduate college, NYU Shanghai. The full notice is here. The school hopes to appoint a new Dean as soon as possible, so interested applicants should contact STL Professor Douglas Levene, who's on the Dean Search Committee, at dblevene@gmail.com, right away.

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