Patrick Barclay has become the first American and only African American to earn the Master of Chinese Civil and Commercial Law degree from Renmin University of China. Renmin University is ranked as the best law school in China by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Barclay spent two years completing his courses and thesis and was the first to graduate. His class consisted of eight students, half of which were American.
Barclay was granted a partial fellowship to the school after a downturn in his marriage and his real estate career. Amazingly, Barclay is not fluent in the Chinese language and relied on the kindness of his Chinese- speaking classmates to get him through the curriculum. His program was the first English academic program in China.