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The American Bar Association Formally Approves the CUFE-MARYLAND Cooperative Program

From December 5-December 7, 2011, the American Bar Association (ABA) conducted an on-site evaluation of the Cooperative Program between the Law School of the Central University of Finance and Economics (“CUFE”) and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (“Maryland”). The evaluation was a critical and final part of the process of seeking ABA approval of the CUFE Beijing Autumn Semester Program in Comparative Business Law, a semester of innovative courses on topics of Chinese and comparative law which forms the bedrock of the CUFE-Maryland Cooperative Program. That process began in 2010 when Maryland received interim approval of the Cooperative Program from the ABA.

The purpose of the ABA’s on-site evaluation was to examine the strength of program administration, the caliber of program courses, and the quality of program facilities and student support, including a review of the program’s library collections and research materials The ABA auditor attended each course in Phase II of the Cooperative Program and held a private meeting with the exchange students from University of Maryland and WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) to get the consumer’s view of the program.

After a very positive, at times quite complimentary, written evaluation report of the CUFE-Maryland Cooperative Program, the ABA formally approved the Cooperative Program in April 2011 for five years, after which time the program will again be evaluated by the ABA. The CUFE-Maryland Cooperative Program is 1 of 27 such ABA approved cooperative programs, only two of which are in China.