2022 Course Offerings
Four 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 four 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.
Business Negotiations in a Global Environment (2 semester hours)
Lawyers increasingly find themselves in global legal practices. This highly interactive course will offer a basic introduction to negotiations theory, approaches, and strategy, and give students opportunities to put negotiations concepts into practice in simulated business negotiations in the contemporary global legal landscape. Students will work on developing and improving self-awareness as a negotiator as well as creativity, persuasion, problem-solving, and listening skills. Students will engage in simulated negotiations and participate in debrief discussion, and will be expected to prepare out of class for simulations. A familiarity with negotiations theory or international business is not a prerequisite. This course will be taught by Professor Katrina Lee.
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.
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.
Clinical Professor of Law The Ohio State University Moritz College of LawProfessor Katrina Lee joined the faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2011 after an accomplished career in complex litigation spanning more than 12 years. Professor Lee has represented Fortune 100 companies in all litigation phases, including discovery, trial, appeal, and dispute resolution proceedings. At a national law firm, she was elevated to equity partner in her seventh year of practice, making her one of the youngest ever in that firm’s history to achieve that distinction. Professor Lee teaches Business of Law, Legal Analysis and Writing, Legal Negotiations, and LL.M. Legal Writing. She taught Business Negotiations in a Global Environment in the 2017 University of Oxford-Ohio State University Summer Law Program. Professor Lee serves as a Faculty Advisor for The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. She is the Director of the LL.M. Legal Writing program.
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 2022
Tuition, Fees, Room and Board for 2022: $7,800
Students also should budget additional amounts for airfare and miscellaneous expenses and must have primary health insurance. Supplemental overseas health insurance will be provided as part of the program.
Every student is housed in a private room in facilities normally occupied by St. Anne’s undergraduate students. 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 fee also covers field study and excursion costs, receptions, and a farewell dinner.
Summer Program students are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements between the United States and England and must pay for personal expenses and passport fees.
The University of Oxford, including St. Anne’s College, is 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.
*Deposit applied to tuition and administrative fees.
There is funding available for Moritz College of Law students who plan to participate in the Oxford Summer Program.
Students who will have completed at least one academic year in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school prior to June 30 of the year they plan to participate in the summer program may apply. Graduate students in law-related fields will be considered for admission on an individual basis.
An applicant from a law school other than The Ohio State University should submit an application and a written statement from the dean or other appropriate official at his or her law school, certifying that the applicant is in good academic standing. The statement also should indicate that the applicant’s law school will accept the credit earned from the University of Oxford-The Ohio State University Summer Law Program. (If your school will not accept credit, please contact the program administrator before applying).
The application and written statement should be sent by post or email to MoritzOxford@osu.edu.
After your application is submitted and processed, program administrators will reach out to you to provide an invoice for the program fee deposit. A deposit of $300 is due within two weeks of the invoice issuance and will be applied to the application and administration fee. One hundred dollars ($100) of the deposit is refundable if a student withdraws from the program by March 15. Otherwise, the $300 deposit is refundable only if a student is not admitted into the program or if the program is cancelled. Total program costs must be paid in full by May 4. Except in the event of program cancellation, amounts paid for the balance of program costs are not refundable.
Total enrollment in the program is limited, and eligible applicants will be admitted into the program on a first-come-first-served basis; so applications should be made as early as possible. It is strongly recommended that all applications be made on or before March 1.
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.
View a copy of the brochure here.
While participating in an Ohio State study abroad program, students are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage. As part of the program, students also receive supplemental insurance through GeoBlue Travel Insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is provided as a part of the Study Abroad Program Fee and supplements a student’s current health insurance.
For further information, please contact program administrators at MoritzOxford@osu.edu
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.
Students are associate members of 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.
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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, the cost is reasonable in comparison with other study abroad programs.
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 degree. This increases the flexibility of your schedule in the second and third years of law school. The Comparative Legal Professions course satisfies Moritz’s Legal Professions requirement, as well 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 the program in the past, though non-Moritz students should check with their law schools to make sure. 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.
Students are housed in rooms normally occupied by students at Oxford’s St. Anne’s College. Each student will have a private bedroom.
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 email@example.com or 614.292.8807. Those applying from other law schools should contact their own financial aid office, which may in turn wish to coordinate with Mr. Nawrocki.
Yes. The program runs from late June to late July, 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 Oxford. Students interested in “splitting” their summer between work and Oxford should consider applying for research assistant positions with professors.
Admission to both the program and to each course 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.
The application is available online. After your application is submitted and processed, program administrators will reach out to you to provide an invoice for the program fee deposit. A deposit of $300 is due within two weeks of the invoice issuance and will be applied to the application and administration fee.