Under the guidance of Professor Chih-Chieh Lin, Ms. Kai-Ting Ho's graduation thesis, "Reconciliation between International Standards on Countering Proliferation of Financing and Counter-Terrorism Financing (Taiwan) Act " and under the guidance of Professor Mong-Hwa Chin, Ms. Yi-Ju Su's graduation thesis, "Improving Taiwan’s Plea-Bargain System -A Lesson from the U.S. Law" both won recognition for the 10th Annual Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Crime Prevention and Control Research Award by the Ministry of Justice's Academy for the Judiciary.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer confined to the realm of science and technology; it has now permeated the field of law. This semester, the NYCU School of Law is set to launch a course on using ChatGPT for composing legal documents, taught by Associate Professor Mark L. Shope. In addition to ChatGPT, this course will introduce students to various generative AI tools such as Bing AI, Google’s Bard, and Anthropic’s Claude and their applications in the legal domain. Associate Professor Mark L. Shope's research focuses on the impact of artificial intelligence on legal practices and cross-border transactions facilitated by blockchain technology. He has also authored a specialized handbook titled "The AI Writing Assistant Handbook for Law."
Dean Chen emphasizes the crucial educational mission of providing students with sufficient knowledge to meet the demands of the legal practice. AI has brought unprecedented changes to the legal profession in Western countries, and the law school aims to assist legal professionals in preparing for these developments. Capitalizing on Yang Ming Chiao Tung University's robust research capabilities in artificial intelligence, we have introduced multiple AI-related courses in recent years. Furthermore, student teams have actively participated in legal tech hackathons, achieving commendable results. The AI-assisted writing course is poised to become a flagship program in the School of Law's pursuit of AI research and development.
We extend our gratitude to the CIArb East Asia Branch Taiwan Chapter for their continuous collaboration this year in offering the International Arbitration Fundamentals Course, providing both in-person and online instruction. The instructors include Xi-Jia Chen, a Chartered Arbitrator, attorneys Bi-Ran Wu and Shih-Yun Chang, Mary B.L. Thomson, experienced fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and David Holloway, a senior barrister with expertise in international dispute resolution. The course not only covers introductory knowledge of international arbitration but also benefits from the instructors' wealth of practical experience, enabling participants to gain a better understanding of the operational aspects of international arbitration.
The two-week U.S. Bar Exam training program has successfully concluded. In addition to reviewing the subjects covered in the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) organized by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), participants have also gained a comprehensive understanding of the content for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and Multistate Essay Examination (MEE).
This training course extensively covered UBE subjects including U.S. contract law, tort law, civil procedure, trusts and estates, family law, and conflict of laws. To cater to topics less familiar to Taiwanese students, such as U.S. evidence law, criminal law, and criminal procedure, we specially invited Thomas Wang, Esq., a lawyer with years of experience in U.S. criminal litigation, to instruct the students. Additionally, in each class session, both instructors and students collaboratively designed practice questions for the MBE, MEE, and MPT exams, ensuring that students can effectively apply their knowledge when facing the UBE.
It's worth mentioning that the participants in this training course had a diverse composition. There were attendees with LL.M. and J.D. degrees from the U.S. looking to review UBE subjects through this course, local practicing lawyers in Taiwan aiming to familiarize themselves with the U.S. bar exam format, and American university students planning to apply for a U.S. J.D. program, seeking an initial exposure to American law through this course.
Within this environment, like-minded participants have formed a learning community with the aim of joining forces to tackle the challenges of the future U.S. bar exam.
The NYCU School of Law recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. The MOU calls for further international cooperation in education and research between the two institutions, including personnel exchanges, educational opportunities for students, and collaborative research projects.
Master's student Wang Yu-Yun has been admitted to Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, New York University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Pennsylvania for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. She will be attending Columbia University. Additionally, she has been awarded a 2023-2024 Fulbright Master's and Doctoral Degree Scholarship as well as entrance scholarships from Columbia University and others.