Taiwan students intern at Shanghai law firms

Twenty-six students from Taiwan are on internships in eight law firms in Shanghai under a special program to promote cross-Strait youth exchanges.

Twenty-six students from Taiwan are on internships at eight law firms in Shanghai under a special program to promote cross-Strait youth exchange.

The law firms have provided each student with a senior lawyer as a mentor to guide them in real life practice during the next two months. They will also have opportunities to hear court trials and participate in legal aid. Lectures and forums will also be organized to help them understand more about Shanghai and China's mainland.

Huang Ningning, managing partner of Grandall Law Firm, encouraged the interns to work hard as he spoke at the program opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Chien Yi Hao, a postgraduate student of business law at Soochow University, said he was glad to attend the program.

“We will have opportunities to participate in real cases throughout the whole process, which is impossible for students if we take internships in Taiwan,” he said. “I’m especially grateful to the program organizers that we will be guided step by step by experienced lawyers, who are usually very busy. Without the program, it is impossible for us to get such careful guidance.”

The program was initiated in 2016 by the government of Jing’an District and has attracted 30 Taiwan university students over the previous two years.

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