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Memorandum Fosters Opportunities Between UW Law School, Korean University

January 27, 2010
Four men conducting business
University of Wyoming College of Law Dean Stephen Easton exchanges an agreement with Kyung Hee University Dean Wan-Yong Chung as law professor Matthew Wilson and law student Chang Kwon look on. Kwon, a UW College of Law student, graduated from Kyung Hee University's undergraduate program.

To promote academic, legal and cultural exchanges involving students and faculty at both institutions, the University of Wyoming College of Law has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with representatives of Korea's Kyung Hee University Law School.

As Korea revamps its approach to meet stronger legal  education requirements, Kyung Hee University will look to the University of Wyoming and other law schools as models for its new system, says Matt Wilson, UW associate professor of law who has traveled to Seoul, Korea, to work with Kyung Hee faculty and administrators during this restructuring process.

"In entering into a cooperative relationship with Kyung Hee University Law School, the University of Wyoming College of Law stands in a prime position to contribute to the ongoing legal reforms in Korea using its experience and expertise in offering quality and interactive legal education," Wilson says. "Through a variety of collaborative efforts we hope to open new international doors for UW College of Law students and faculty and to play an integral part in the success of Kyung Hee University Law School."

Kyung Hee in 2009 celebrated its 60th anniversary. It is concentrating its efforts on strengthening its core offerings in the fields of education, internationalization and research.

Stephen Easton, dean of the UW College of Law, says, "Professor Wilson's involvement in Kyung Hee's reorganization will provide our law students and faculty with tremendous learning and sharing opportunities. The school looks forward to this continued collaboration."

While in Wyoming to sign the MOU, Kyung Hee representatives met with UW College of Law faculty members, toured the campus and traveled to Cheyenne to meet with Supreme Court justices and tour the State Capitol.

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