IU McKinney Student Gains Summer Work Experience at Chinese Law Firm


After participating in the IU McKinney Chinese Law Summer Program, 2L Alisha Ellis obtained additional experience with the Chinese legal system by arranging an internship with a well-known Chinese law firm. Ellis contacted Zhu Bin at the Dacheng Law Firm in Nanjing. Zhu, who is an instructor in the School of Health Policy & Management at Nanjing Medical University as well as an attorney with the Dacheng firm, was a visiting scholar at IU McKinney in Fall 2011. Ellis worked on two projects for Zhu, one of which included a research project Zhu is conducting for Nanjing Medical University. Zhu asked Ellis to collaborate on a project and asked for her thoughts.

“I suggested a comparative study of palliative legal education for medical school students since he teaches at medical school,” Ellis wrote in an email to Professor Tom Wilson. “He really seems to like the idea particularly since China's aging population, like the U.S. may demand substantive and procedural law revisions.”

The international travel experience also provides growth opportunities, Ellis said.

“There’s no better opportunity than to be outside your comfort zone in a foreign country,” she said. “There’s something about being in a different culture that you just don’t get when you’re in your own little bubble.”

Other IU McKinney students who arranged internships at law firms in China during Summer 2013 include 2Ls Rory Gallagher, Heather Grimstad, and Jacob Kolisek, and Yi-sheng Liu, LL.M. ‘13.

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