Oxford Pre-Law Program
The Ohio State University and the University of Oxford have partnered since 1993 to offer their Summer Pre-Law Program at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. The program, which is the oldest overseas pre-law program in existence, takes place from late June to late July every year.
It is generally known that the American legal system developed out of Great Britain’s legal system, and the strong influence of English law is still apparent in our system of law. Studying in a university that, for some 900 years, has had a major role in developing the current Anglo-American legal system, is valuable preparation for students who are contemplating studying law in America. In addition, we specifically devote time to helping pre-law students hone the skills necessary for success in American law schools.
Sampson teaches Legal Writing & Analysis I (a required first year course) at the Moritz College of Law. She has taught writing and research courses to law students at The Ohio State University, Georgetown University Law Center, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sampson is active in a number of law library and law associations. Currently she chairs the American Association of Law Schools’ Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information. Sampson has served on the boards of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, the Law Libraries Society of the District of Columbia, and the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of AALL. She currently serves on the executive board of the Society of Academic Law Library Directors.
Sampson has worked for all three branches of the Ohio government. During law school, she spent a summer working at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and a year working at the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s legal department. Before becoming a librarian, she spent five years as a judicial law clerk at the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. Sampson is a member of the Ohio Bar.
Students will take field trips –which are included in the program’s fee – to several places of importance in the development of our legal system. Typically these include trips to places like Windsor Castle (the Queen’s official home), the fields of Runnymede (where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215), the Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey, and the Inns of Court. There are also trips to places of cultural interest, such as Stratford-upon-Avon to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production, and Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill).
Students usually are in class for about two and a half hours each day and, in addition to the class work, will write a substantial term paper under the supervision of a tutor, usually a member of the Oxford faculty or an associate of the Socio-Legal Centre. In the last week, each student leads a seminar on his or her paper topic.
All participants in the Ohio State/Oxford Pre-Law Program will receive six hours of graded Ohio State Pre-Law credit.
All interested and qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to apply. You can learn more about the program by viewing program information online at the Study Abroad section of the Office of International Affairs.
If you have questions concerning the content of the program, contact Professor Sara Sampson. Questions concerning the application process, fees, financial aid or any other matters should be directed to Rebecca McMunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oxford Pre-Law Program uses an online application process available from the Office of International Affairs, which can be accessed through buckeyelink.osu.edu. The application deadline for the Summer Oxford Pre-Law program is February 1. Early application is recommended.