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Professor Martin Camp Visits Tianjin University Law School

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Recently, Professor Martin Camp, Assistant Dean of Southern Methodist University Law School (SMULS), visited Tianjin University Law School (TJULS). Professor Camp was a partner at the Jones Day law firm in the past and engaged in merger, acquisition, and corporate real estate services. During that period, he was also an adjunct professor of University of Texas Law School and SMULS, teaching real estate law and land law. Since 2015, he has been the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs at SMULS. Professor Camp gained a wealth of academic achievements in the fields of real estate, land use, and ethics, enjoying a high reputation and influence in both academic and practical circles. During his visit, he interviewed four TJULS students as the candidates for Helmut Sohmen Scholarship , and gave a lecture on American Law School Education including why you should study in the US, how to be admitted, and how Law is taught in the US.

Professor Camp first gave his own ideas of studying abroad, encouraging students to go abroad and broaden their horizons. Then he introduced different programs in American law schools and the application procedure. American Law Schools have degrees in LL.M (Master of Laws), J.D. (Juris Doctor) and S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) Among them, the LL.M. Program is one-year, the J.D. Program is three-year, and the S.J.D. Program is three to five years. The admission requirements for each program are also different. Professor Camp also introduced the basic teaching environment of SMULS to the students. Because SMULS has small-size classes, students can receive more attention from their professors. The alumni from SMULS are spread across the world and active in government agencies, top international law firms, well-known companies, court systems, and legal educational institutions.

At the end of the lecture, Professor Camp gave detailed answers to a series of questions raised by students including the admission standards of American law schools and differences between American and Chinese legal education.

By: Zheng Yafeng

Editor: Qin Mian and Keith Harrington