From June 25 – July 20, 2018 the 11th Annual USAI-Szymanski Rule of Law Program for Chinese students took place in Washington, DC. For four weeks each summer, this program hosts a small group of English-fluent Chinese law students in Washington, DC to meet U.S. officials and observe the U.S. legal and political system. On weekdays, they attended congressional and judicial proceedings and meet with federal lawmakers, judges, and agency officials, and with private sector scholars, lawyers, and lobbyists. On weekends, they explored the DC area, visited other cities in the region, and interacted with Americans in a wide range of social settings.
The students averaged six meetings per day during their month in DC. When not in meetings, they were visiting our museums and landmarks, joining our cultural and social events (e.g., July 4 fireworks, Nationals games, backyard BBQs, birthday parties), and gaining lifelong impressions and friends.
US-Asia Institute thanks Senior Advisor and Founder of this program, Matthew Szymanski, for facilitating and creating such an engaging program. USAI also thanks Program Director Jacob Hafey for his direction and leadership in organizing this year’s program. USAI would also like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who met with the students for their time and interest in the program. We look forward for this program continuing in years to come!