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2023 Course Offerings

 

Four different courses are offered, each with a class size of up to 30 students. Students enrolled in the program may choose any combination of the following four courses and earn up to six semester hours of credit:

 
Courses taught by the law faculty at the University of Oxford:

 

Comparative Legal Professions (3 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 Prof. Whelan.

 

Course taught by the Moritz law faculty:

Comparative Corporate Law (2 credit hours)

This course will provide a functional and comparative overview of corporate law in a variety of jurisdictions around the world. Corporations share key legal attributes: legal personality, limited liability, delegated management, transferrable shares, and investor ownership. These attributes give rise to agency problems between managers and shareholders, controlling shareholders and minority shareholders, and between shareholders and other corporate constituencies such as creditors and employees. This course will examine how jurisdictions around the world deploy legal strategies to address these agency problems. Students will explore and reflect on the comparative commonalities and the reasons why jurisdictions may differ on specific issues.

 

 

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,” “The Rise and Rise (or Fall?) of Boris Johnson,” “After Brexit: Implications for the European Union and Britain,” and “Parliament, Politics and Lawmaking in the U.K. – The Role of the House of Lords.” Cost is included in program tuition.

 

Excursions

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 (including the Middle Temple,) 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 total program tuition.

 
Application for admission to the Oxford Summer Law Program 2023 is now OPEN!

 

Who May Apply

 

Students who will have completed at least one academic year in good standing at an ABA-approved law school prior to June 30 of the year they plan to participate in the Oxford summer program may apply via our online application for admission. Graduate students in law-related fields will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

 

Non-Ohio State University students: An eligible applicant from an ABA-approved law school other than The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law should upload along with the online application for admission a written statement from the dean or other appropriate official at his or her law school, certifying that (i) the applicant is in good academic standing and (ii) the applicant’s law school will accept the credits earned from the Oxford Summer Law Program. If your law school will not accept credits, please contact the Oxford program administrators at MoritzOxford@osu.edu before applying. The statement may also be sent via email to MoritzOxford@osu.edu.

 
Application Process and Deadline

 

The application to the Oxford Law Summer Program requires two separate applications, both of which are due by March 1, 2023.

 

1. Application for Admission with The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law:

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form titled "Oxford Summer Program, Application for Admission" available here. Deadline to submit the Application for Admission is March 1, 2023.

 

2. Register to Study Abroad with The Ohio State University, Office of International Affairs:

Once we have reviewed your application for admission and pre-approved your application, we will reach out to request you to submit a second, brief Application for Global Education with the OSU Office of International Affairs. An application fee of $150 will be charged at the time of submitting this global education application, and will only be refunded where (i) the student is not admitted to the program, (ii) the student declines the offer of admission or fails to respond to the request to accept admission within the time designated in the offer of admission, or (iii) the program is cancelled. Deadline to submit this application is also March 1, 2023.

 

Total enrollment in the program is limited and eligible applicants will be admitted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis. It is strongly recommended that both applications be submitted before March 1.

 
Admission and Acceptance of Admission

 

Upon receipt of your second application, we will review your application within just a few days and will notify you promptly of the admission decision. Notification of admissions will be on a rolling basis. Admitted students must accept or decline the admission offer within the time frame indicated in the admission offer. Failure to respond to the admission offer within the required time frame will result in removal from the program and forfeiture of the $150 application fee.

 

If you request a scholarship award along with your application for admission, please note that your request will only be considered after you have been admitted to the program and accepted the offer of admission.

 
Enrollment and Withdrawal

After you have accepted the offer of admission, you are officially enrolled in the program. The program fee and a non-refundable administrative fee of $50 will be due on May 2, 2023. Failure to pay the required fees by May 2 will be subjected to late fees and penalties set by the University's Registrar.

 

Upon enrollment, if you withdraw or if you cease to meet the conditions for participation in an Ohio State global education program and you may no longer be permitted to participate in the program, you will forfeit the $150 application fee plus a withdrawal fee.

 

Cancellation

 

The Ohio State University reserves the right to cancel this program in the event of under-enrollment or other compelling circumstances that prevent the program from being held. All fees will be immediately returned in the event of cancellation.


Contact Information

For further information, please contact program administrators at MoritzOxford@osu.edu

 

2023 Faculty

Todd Starker
Clinical Professor of Law The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

starker.2@osu.edu

Professor Todd Starker will serve as the Resident Director of the 2023 Oxford Law Summer Program and will be present on site for the duration of the program. He will also be teaching a comparative law course in the program next year.

Prof. Starker teaches Legal Analysis and Writing, Transactional Practice, and Accounting and Finance for Lawyers at the Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at Moritz full time, he clerked for the Honorable Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, practiced at the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, and taught Appellate Advocacy at Moritz as an adjunct professor.

In his practice, Professor Starker represented clients of all sizes in corporate, real estate, financing transactions, and securities offerings, each ranging from a few hundred thousand to several billion dollars. He also represented the United States Department of the Treasury in dozens of transactions in connection with its Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and Hardest Hit Fund.

Professor Starker earned a J.D. from Moritz in 2007, where he served as editor in chief of the Ohio State Law Journal; an M.B.A. from the Fisher College of Business in 1996; and a B.A. in mathematics from The Ohio State University in 1992.

 

Keith Hawkins
Professor Emeritus of Law and Society, University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Law, Oriel College, University of Oxford; Former Deputy Director, Centre For Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Author: Environment and Enforcement: Law as Last Resort

Keith Hawkins is the Professor Emeritus of Law and Society at the University of Oxford, fellow and tutor in law at the university’s Oriel College, and the former deputy director for the university’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. His research interests are in the sociology of legal processes and are concerned with legal decision-making and the workings of governmental regulation in the areas of environmental control and occupational health and safety regulations

 

Dr. Christopher J. Whelan
Oxford Law Faculty Member; Associate Director, International Law Programmes, University of Oxford; Visiting Professor, Washington & Lee Law School, Author: Creative Accounting and the Cross-Eyed Javelin Thrower; Legal Systems and Social Systems; Military Intervention in Democratic Societies; Small Claims Courts: A Comparative Study.

Christopher J. Whelan is an Oxford Law faculty member and associate director of the International Law Programmes at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Creative Accounting and the Cross-Eyed Javelin Thrower, Legal Systems and Social Systems, Military Intervention in Democratic Societies, and Small Claims Courts: A Comparative Study.

Tuition, Fees, Room and Board for 2023

Program Costs will be announced in October 2022. The program costs include an application fee of $150, administrative fee of $50, and a flat program fee that covers tuition, room and board, books, and supplemental health insurance to participating students' current primary health insurance through GeoBlue Travel Insurance for the duration of the Oxford program. The flat program fee also covers field study and excursion costs, receptions, and a farewell dinner.

 

Students should budget additional amounts for airfare and miscellaneous expenses, and must maintain their primary health insurance. Students are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements between the United States and England and must pay for personal expenses and passport fees.

 

Students will be housed in private rooms at one of the colleges of the University of Oxford. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the total charge and are served every day, including weekends, in the college dining hall. Mid-morning tea (and coffee) is served on class days.

 

The University of Oxford and its colleges are generally accessible to students with disabilities. The directors of the program are committed to making accommodations, when feasible, to allow students with disabilities to participate fully in the program and in student life.

 

The flat program fee and the administrative fee of $50 will be due on May 2, 2023. Failure to pay the required fees by May 2 will be subjected to late fees and penalties set by the University's Registrar.  Except in the event of program cancellation, enrolled students will be responsible for a withdrawal fee as outlined in Cancellation Policy. The Ohio State University reserves the right to cancel this program in the event of under-enrollment or other compelling circumstances that prevent the program from being held. All fees will be immediately returned in the event of program cancellation.

Scholarships

 

1. The Vincent and Elizabeth Buttaci Oxford Scholarship Fund 

Vincent and Elizabeth Butacci established this fund to provide financial support to Moritz J.D. students participating in the Oxford Summer Program. These endowed funds are used to encourage Moritz College of Law students to engage in education abroad opportunities.

 

The Vincent and Elizabeth Buttaci Oxford Scholarship Fund awards one scholarship of 7,700$ for one Moritz College of Law J.D. student participating in the Oxford Summer Program. The awardee will be responsible for the application fee of 150$, the administrative fee of 50$, his/her own airfare, personal expenses, and any other miscellaneous expenses.

 

2. Vogel International Fellowship

 

These endowed funds are used to encourage Moritz College of Law students to engage in international education opportunities. Each year, several awards of varying amounts are granted to need and merit-based applicants to participate in one of the Moritz College of Law’s sponsored education abroad programs for academic credit toward the JD degree, including the Oxford program.

 

Applicant Eligibility

This funding is available for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law students only. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need.

Granting of the funding is dependent upon acceptance to and participation in the program. Admitted students who applied for one of the scholarships listed above will be considered a scholarship award only after they have accepted the offer of admission to the program. The scholarship decisions will be notified to the applicants on a rolling basis, depending on when the students accept the offer of admission to the program.

 

Scholarship Application Deadline

Applications for a scholarship are due together with the application for admission on March 1, 2023.

 
Scholarship Application Requirements

Students interested in being considered for one of the scholarships listed above will need to complete the Scholarships and Fellowships section included in the online application form, "Oxford Summer Program, Application for Admission". You will be required to indicate specifically what scholarship(s) you wish to be considered for, and to upload PDF versions of the following documents:

  • a 250-word personal statement describing how enrollment in the Oxford Summer Program aligns with your interests and will support your short and long-term goals. Provide in this personal statement any information that demonstrates your financial need.
  • Current resume.
Visa

 

Students with a valid U.S. passport can enter the U.K. and European countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement and can stay in these countries for up to 90 days for tourism or business. Since participants in the Oxford Summer Program will be present in England to study in a non-degree program a short duration, those with a valid U.S. passport are not required to apply for a visa to enter England for this purpose. Similarly, you can travel within the Schengen area with your U.S. passport without a visa while you are in Europe next summer. Learn more about traveling to and in Europe on the website of the U.S. Department of State.

 

If you are not a U.S. citizen and hence do not have a U.S. passport, you may need to apply for a visa to enter the U.K. Please check if you need a U.K. visa and how to apply for a visa to visit the U.K. here.

 
Accommodation

 

Students are housed in rooms normally occupied by students at one of Oxford’s colleges (in the past we always housed students at St. Anne’s College). Each student will have a private bedroom that vary in size. Bathrooms are shared.

 

The college also has classrooms, a dining hall, student living and recreational facilities, and faculty/administrative offices. Besides side trips and excursions, all classroom activities take place at the college. Meals are served on site in the dining hall of the college. The college has laundry room for students to use at any time. There is an administrative staff member present in the building 24/7 to assist occupants with logistic needs.

Located 54 miles northwest of London, the ancient city of Oxford is home to a renowned university that dates from the twelfth century. The city enjoys a remarkably rich artistic and cultural life, and is within easy reach of splendid countryside and unspoiled villages. The city and its university provide an exciting setting for a study program in law.

 

The University of Oxford began as a confederation of independent colleges. The extensive grounds and magnificent buildings of the colleges still exist, each as a self-contained academic unit with a dining hall, classrooms, student living and recreational facilities, and faculty offices.

 

The program traditionally houses participating students at St. Anne’s College, one of the 40 colleges that make up the University of Oxford. Students have access to dining, computers, library, sports, and all other student-related facilities at the college. Students reside in a spacious new house in North Oxford (see photos), within easy walking distance of St. Anne’s and the entire university complex. Students have library privileges at the university’s Bodleian Library, one of the world’s most famous research libraries.

 

Read more about Oxford (from The New York Times)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Moritz Oxford Summer Program has an especially well-established relationship with the University of Oxford. The program offers students an opportunity not only to enjoy one of the world’s most historic and famous universities, but also to take classes with faculty members from the host country – something that many study abroad programs do not offer. Dr. Christopher Whelan and Professor Emeritus Keith Hawkins, who have taught in Moritz’s program for many years, have considerable expertise and experience with respect to both the British and American legal systems. In addition, all classes offer the chance to study comparative and international law subjects in a relatively informal setting. The program also includes a number of side trips, as well as lectures by distinguished British academics and policy participants – these are designed to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Britain’s history, culture, and legal system.

Moreover, in light of the mission of the Moritz College of Law to train a new generation of global lawyers and leaders, Moritz has heavily subsidized the Oxford Summer Program. As a result, the total program cost is very reasonable in comparison with many other study abroad programs at other law schools.

The Oxford program can be of substantial value in helping students find a job. The program offers instruction in comparative and international law subjects, something that is vital in an age where the practice of law has become increasingly transnational. Over the years, many students have reported that law firms and other prospective employers are interested in discussing their Oxford experience during interviews. In addition, getting to know Moritz professors on a more informal basis while taking courses from them can help students develop relationships that form the basis for recommendation letters and other networking opportunities.

All of the courses offered count toward Moritz graduation requirements, and students may take up to six credits toward their J.D. degree. This increases the flexibility of your schedule in the second and third year of law school. The Comparative Legal Professions course satisfies Moritz’s Legal Professions requirement and the Ohio bar’s legal ethics requirement (though not the additional requirement of one hour of instruction on substance abuse). Other law schools have also accepted credits from Moritz's Oxford summer program in the past, although non-Moritz students should confirm the credit transfer with their own law schools. Those planning on applying for another state’s bar should likewise check with that state. Pursuant to ABA guidelines, participants should be aware that it is unlikely that participation in a foreign summer program may be used to accelerate graduation.

Yes, you may be eligible to get a loan for tuition and other expenses associated with the Oxford Summer Program. You should consult Marc Nawrocki in Moritz’s financial aid office, at lawfinaid@osu.edu or 614.292.8807.

 

Non OSU students should consult with their own law school's Financial Aid Office as well as coordinate with Mr. Marc Nawrocki at lawfinaid@osu.edu. Each university does financial aid differently. Sometimes the students are given the money from their university, and sometimes the university sends it straight to OSU. In order to complete this process, students should request the consortium agreement from their university and ask the university to work with Mr. Nawrocki.

Yes. The program runs for four weeks during the month of July each year, which allows for at least six weeks of summer work before Oxford classes commence. Many past participants in the program have worked for the first part of the summer before attending the Oxford Summer Program. Students interested in “splitting” their summer between work and Oxford should consider applying for research assistant positions with professors.

Please note that students participating in the Oxford Summer Program are NOT allowed to work for pay, or do any unpaid internships while in the UK. This is a condition of their visa and is not negotiable.

Admission to both the Oxford Summer Program and to each of the courses offered within this Program is on a first-come, first-served basis, so we do not know precisely when the program will fill up. You should therefore apply as soon as possible, and it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted by March 1 of the year in which you wish to participate in the program. You should also be aware that some courses are likely to fill up before others. Those interested in a particular class are advised to get their applications as soon as possible.

See Application Process section above.

This varies a great deal from student to student, and depends on their lifestyle choices while in Oxford and the amount of extra travel they do. The only truly unavoidable expenses are the program fee, transportation to and from Oxford, and the cost of living difference between the US and Oxford (everything here is just a bit more expensive).  Those who travel a lot and eat out/go out often will spend more; those who travel less and eat the meals provided by the host college will spend less. The best source of more precise information about this is likely to be their friends currently in the program.