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A critical part of any country’s development is its legal infrastructure. The proper functioning of civil and commercial society depends upon the existence of a reliable system of law administered by dependable courts. Foreign and domestic businesses want some assurance that commercial disputes will be settled in accord with the law and the facts, and neither can thrive without some protection of fundamental human rights. Tourists and expatriates are also reluctant to visit countries that do not provide reliable legal protections. All this we commonly refer to as the rule of law. In 2006, the Pacific McGeorge School of Law received a rule of law grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to train Chinese law professors in the teaching of professional skills and clinical courses. The lessons that future lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and government officials learn in law school will stay with them for life. While it is important to train existing legal professionals in professional skills and values, our program offers a potential long term multiplier effect through the creation of a cadre of law professors who will train many generations of lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and government officials.

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