Academic Program

2018 Course Offerings

Five different courses are offered, each with a class size of approximately 30 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 Dispute Resolution (2 semester hours)
This course will examine methods of dispute resolution used in other countries and compare them to those employed in the United States. We will explore how differences in culture, religion, history, and legal institutions affect the way people resolve conflicts with readings, video, and simulation exercises. Readings will include materials on dispute resolution processes, cultural differences in conflict resolution, and case studies on practices and developments in other countries and regions. By studying other approaches to dispute resolution, students will discover a fresh perspective on its practice and role in the United States and on the challenges of cross-border applications of dispute resolution. The course will be taught by Professor Sarah Cole.

Sustainability and the Law (3 semester hours)
This course will examine the rapidly evolving movement to integrate considerations of sustainability, sustainable development, and resilience into law and policymaking processes at the local, state, federal and international levels and across both the public and private sectors. We will explore the emergence and evolution of the concept of sustainability before looking at how concepts of sustainability have shaped the development of environmental, energy, and even corporate law in the United States, Europe, and at the international level. The primary objectives of this course are to introduce students to the theory and concept of sustainability and to understand how theories of theories of sustainability, sustainable development, and resilience increasingly influence the shape of different legal systems and the complexities involved in this transition. The class will include several interactive exercises that require students to actively engage with the concept of sustainability in context. The readings for this class will be taken from the text: Shelley Saxer and Jonathan Rosenbloom, Resilience & Sustainability: From Theory to Practice (Aspen 2018). This course will be taught by Professor Cinnamon Carlarne.

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.