John Smagula, J.D., M.S., is Temple University’s leading expert in developing and teaching legal education programs for Chinese government officials and commercial lawyers.

Since 2003, he has worked as Director of Asian Programs at Temple University School of Law, where he recruits, raises funds, and teaches for Temple’s Master of Laws (LL.M.), judicial education, and legislative drafting programs in China. He is responsible for drafting reports for and maintaining our system of donor stewardship with federal, foundation, and corporate donors. He is proficient in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and he regularly facilitates official meetings.

In his capacity as Director of Asian Programs, he has delivered lectures on U.S. law and legal education at nearly 40 Chinese government agencies and law schools, has written articles and been quoted in the media about the rule of law in China, and has presented at U.S. conferences on China-related issues. He developed and implements our curriculum for Legal English and Legal Reasoning for Chinese and other international law students.

From 2000-2003, John was a Legal Teaching Fellow at the Ford Foundation and the Yale-China Association, where he taught Corporations, Internet law, Criminal Procedure, and other US law courses at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Sichuan University in Chengdu.

Prior to that, John practiced corporate law for three years as an associate at the New York and Hong Kong offices of Paul Weiss, and before that he worked with the law firm of Totti & Rodriguez Diaz in San Juan, Puerto Rico, working on a variety of commercial and immigration matters. He earned his B.A. in International Relations in 1992 from Pomona College, his J.D. in 1995 from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and an M.S. in Education (with focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2007 from Temple University.


M.S.Ed., Temple University
J.D., Washington University (St. Louis)
B.A., Pomona College

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