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The Firm: An American Girl in China, cont.

Yesterday, we finally had a little downtime, so we had the chance to take the afternoon off and explore it the way we wanted to.  Needless to say, I took a phat nap and think invented a new sleep stage–that of, “nearly dead to the world in order to restore from eating too much awesome food, beer and walking” stage.

We also headed to a mall and found our illustrious Starbucks.  Also had a store like Macy’s, and the clothes were totally awesome, but a small over here is the size of a girls 6x, methinks.  I’ll need a supersized clothing store if anything has any dream of fitting.

But, now on to law!  Yesterday, we learned that the # of lawyers in China is increasing, and mediation/arbitration are decreasing…whereas, I’m not sure about the # of lawyers in US, but I do think that our med/arb is actually increasing.  Today, we have class in the morning on one of my faves, Contracts (yay!) and then, we’re off to tour a law firm here in Beijing. 

Here’s another thing we learned yesterday: you can have an American branch of a law firm here, but I don’t think Chinese licensed lawyers can work in a foreign firm here…or at least that’s how I think I remembered it.

Hopefully the firm we visit today isn’t out of a Grisham novel…!  I’m sure it will be awesome.

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