Oxford Study Abroad

 

Academic Program

2014 Course Offerings

Five different courses are offered, each with a class size of approximately 35 students. Students enrolled in the program may choose any combination of the following five courses and earn up to six semester hours of credit:

Comparative Legal Professions (3 semester hours)
This course examines the legal professions in England and the United States. It examines the ways in which services are delivered to clients in the two countries and will challenge commonly held assumptions about lawyers and the legal profession. Reference also will be made to the comparative ethical requirements imposed upon lawyers in the United States and England. The course will be taught by Christopher Whelan who has taught legal profession courses in both Great Britain and the United States and serves as associate director of International Law Programmes at the University of Oxford. This course may satisfy state bar or law school requirements in professional responsibility. Students are advised, however, to check their local requirements.

Comparative Sentencing and Punishment (1 semester hour)
This course explores some of the major issues surrounding the administration of criminal justice in England and the United States. The course focuses on generic questions and deals with broad principles and general problems in an effort to get students thinking about how law works as a means of social control. It takes a socio-legal view, focusing on the key institutions of the criminal justice system in both countries. The course will be taught by Keith Hawkins, professor emeritus of law and society at the University of Oxford.

European Union Law (3 semester hours)
This course introduces the institutional and constitutional framework of the European law in its political, economic, and international context. It also examines the economic objectives of the European Union, the role of law in achieving those objectives, and the feasibility of law-based market integration. The course will be taught by Whelan.

Comparative Corporate Law (2 semester hours)
Lawyers, policy makers, executives and even small businesses are increasingly interacting with foreign corporations and international financial markets. This course will offer a basic introduction to the major corporate law issues arising in international corporate practice from a comparative perspective. A familiarity with corporate law or international business is not a prerequisite (and the course will be advantageous if you are planning on taking Business Associations). The course will focus on issues relating to choice of law, creditor and shareholder rights, corporate governance structures, enforcement of fiduciary duties by regulators and shareholders, insider trading, and mergers and acquisitions. While each of these situations will obviously require consultation with a local attorney or advisor, US lawyers should have a general understanding of the major comparative differences, which are not only essential to assist clients in international deals, but are also an important source of ideas and innovation for purely domestic business transactions.

Comparative Employment Discrimination Law (3 semester hours)
This course explores selected topics of employment discrimination from a comparative perspective, examining the approaches taken by the United States, England, Canada, and other European countries. Topics to be covered will include: (1) gender discrimination, including sexual harassment; (2) race discrimination; and (3) disability discrimination. The course will be taught by Professor L. Camille Hébert of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Professor Hébert teaches courses in employment discrimination and sexual harassment and is the author of numerous articles addressing issues of discrimination, including sexual harassment.

The academic program has been approved by the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and credit is awarded by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Guest Lectures

In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, the program features at least six lectures by prominent scholars in their respective fields. Topics of past lectures have included “Tony Blair’s Domestic Policy Triumphs 1997-2007,” “From Blair to Brown: British Foreign Policy in Flux,” and “The Conservative Challenge: The Politics of David Cameron.” Cost is included in program tuition.

Side Trips

The program also includes numerous educational and cultural side trips. Students typically will visit courts in London (including the Old Bailey), the English Inns of Court, and the Houses of Parliament. Trips also will be scheduled to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, and Runnymede. Cost is included in program tuition.