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2023 Course Offerings

 

Students enrolled in this program may earn up to six semester hours of credit. In addition to the two courses below, we are finalizing our academic program to add one 3-credit class and one 1-credit class which will be soon announced.

 

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. This course may satisfy state bar or law school requirements in professional responsibility. Students are advised, however, to check their local requirements.

 

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.

 

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.

Todd Starker
Clinical Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, starker.2@osu.edu

 

Professor Todd Starker is the Resident Director of the 2023 Oxford Law Summer Program. He will be present on site for the duration of the program and be teaching the2-credit Comparative Corporate Law course in the program.

 

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.

 

Paul Rose

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law; Director, Law, Finance & Governance, The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, rose.933@osu.edu

 

Prof. Rose will be teaching the 3-credit course on Comparative Legal Professions in the Oxford Law Summer Program.

 

Prof. Rose teaches Business Associations, Comparative Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, Investment Management Law, and Securities Regulation. He has written extensively on sovereign wealth funds, corporate governance, and securities regulation, and he has consulted with and provided testimony on these topics to numerous regulators and other agencies, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; the Government Accountability Office; and the Congressional Research Service. He is an affiliate with the Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative, a research project at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a non-resident fellow of the ESADEgeo-Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics, an affiliate with IE Business School, and an affiliate with the Sovereign Investment Lab, a research project at Università Bocconi.

 

Prior to joining the faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Professor Rose was a visiting assistant professor in securities and finance at Northwestern University School of Law. Before joining Northwestern, Rose practiced law in the corporate and securities practice group of Covington & Burling LLP’s San Francisco office. He worked as an assistant trader in equity and emerging market derivatives at Citibank, N.A. in New York prior to attending law school.

 

Tsvetelina van Benthem

Ph.D. candidate in Public International Law @ Merton College, University of Oxford

 

Tsvetelina is a DPhil candidate in public international law at Merton College. Her DPhil, supervised by Professor Dapo Akande, focuses on the regulation of accidents and mistakes under the law of armed conflict and international criminal law. She is the first recipient of the James Upcher Memorial Scholarship, established by Fietta LLP and the Oxford University Law Faculty. Tsvetelina is also a Research Officer at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), working on the Oxford Process on International Law Protections in Cyberspace. Tsvetelina holds law degrees from Sofia University 'St Kliment Ohridski' (LL.M) and the University of Oxford (MJur, Dist; MPhil).

 
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. Priority of admission will be given to OSU students.

 

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 deadline is March 1, 2023.

 

The application process for the Oxford Law Summer Program is a two-step process:

 

1. Apply for Admission with The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law no later than March 1, 2023:

 

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form titled "Oxford Summer Program, Application for Admission" available here

 

2. Apply for Global Education with The Ohio State University, Office of International Affairs no later than March 1, 2023:

 

Once pre-approved by the Moritz College of Law, we will notify you within a week and provide you with a link to submit the Application for Global Education with the OSU Office of International Affairs to complete the application process. An application fee of $150 is due by credit or debit card at the time of submitting this global education application.

 

Admission, Enrollment, and Withdrawal

 

Upon your submission of a complete Global Education application, we will review your application and will notify you of the admission decision within 3-5 days. Notification of admissions will be on a rolling basis.

 

For OSU students: 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.

 

Once admitted by OIA, applicants have 10 days to commit to the program or decline their offer of admission. Within 10 days and before March 1, if you decline the offer of admission, your application fee will be refunded. If you do not take any action within this 10 day window, you will be administratively withdrawn from the program and forfeit your application fee.

 

If you are not admitted to the program, the application will be refunded to you.

 

After you have committed to the program, you will be required to pay the program fee and a non-refundable administrative fee of $50 no later than 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. If after committing to the program you want to withdraw, you must contact Sara Ireland at ireland.76@osu.edu so she can withdraw you. If you withdraw prior to March 1, 2023, your application fee will be refunded.  If you withdraw after March 1, 2023, you will forfeit your $150 application fee and be subject to a withdrawal fee outlined in OIA’s Cancellation Policy.

 

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, including application fee, will be immediately returned in the event of cancellation.


Contact Information

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

Tuition, Fees, Room and Board for 2023

The Oxford Program charges a flat fee of $8,300 that covers:

  • tuition (for up 6 credits)
  • room and board (students will be housed in private rooms at St. Anne's College at the Oxford University. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the total charge and are served every day, including weekends, in the College's dining hall.)
  • books and supplemental health insurance through GeoBlue Travel Insurance for the duration of the Oxford program.
  • costs for site visits, excursions, welcome and farewell receptions, and a formal farewell dinner.

In addition to the flat fee of $8,300, students will pay an application fee of $150 and an non-refundable administrative fee of $50. For financial aid purposes, you can include the application fee and administrative fee in your loan amount.

 

Non-program fees:

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.
 

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 committed to participating in the program.

 

Scholarship Application Deadline

Applications for a scholarship are due together with the application for admission on March 1, 2023. Notification of scholarship decisions will be sent after March 1 but no later than March 10.

 
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.
Accommodation

 

Participants will study and live at St. Anne's College, one of Oxford’s colleges. 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.

 

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.

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.

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.