Oxford Pre-Law Program

Program canceled for summer 2021: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law has canceled all summer education abroad programs as a precautionary measure. Please see The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s website for all updates related to COVID-19. Updates on the summer 2022 program will be posted as soon as they are available.

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.

Faculty Director

Elizabeth Ilgen Cooke| Clinical Professor of Law

While in law school, Professor Elizabeth Ilgen Cooke was active in the moot court programs and served as the vice president and treasurer of the Student Bar Association. After law school, she worked as the staff attorney for The Honorable Nodine Miller, a judge with Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Subsequently, Professor Cooke was a litigation associate with the law firm of Lane, Alton & Horst, L.L.P. and Arter & Hadden, L.L.P. Professor Cooke focused her civil practice in the areas of medical malpractice, employment law, construction, and insurance law. She teaches the Civil Law Clinic.

Field Trips

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.

Application Process

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 Elizabeth Cooke. Questions concerning the application process, fees, financial aid or any other matters should be directed to Rebecca McMunn at mcmunn.8@osu.edu.

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.