Legal Education Exchange (LEX)
USRF has supported the Russian government’s efforts to improve the quality of legal education in Russia. In 2014, the Foundation developed a program called Legal Education Exchange (LEX). The goal of the program was to help Russian law faculty adopt an experiential learning approach to teaching law through new practice-based curricula, teaching methodology workshops, and promoting collaborative efforts between Russian and American law professors. One example of successful collaboration between Russian universities and American law schools is the project implemented by Russian Foreign Trade Academy (RFTA) in partnership with the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. As a result of this collaboration, RFTA developed a set of teaching materials (comprised of a Teacher’s Book and Student’s Book) for several practice-based courses that have formed the basis of RFTA’s first masters level program, Legal Regulation of International Economic Activity. They include courses in Trial Advocacy, Legal Research, Contract Drafting, IP Law for International Business, Labor Disputes, and others. All developed materials are used in class at RFTA and have also been made available online for free access on the Academy’s website.