"Tired of London? No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
- Dr. Samuel Johnson
When you study abroad in London, the entire city is your university. London offers a wealth of history, literary significance and exciting cultural opportunities with its theatre, ballet, opera, and concerts. With more than 40,000 students at the University of London alone, there are endless social and educational experiences possible for students.
People who know London well believe autumn is the ideal time to visit. The tourist crowds are gone, but the climate remains mild, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 59 in September to 42 in December. In the fall, you'll see giant bonfires for Guy Fawkes Night and witness the pomp and circumstance of the official Opening of Parliament, complete with a speech by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. December marks the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
For aspiring lawyers, London offers a wealth of tradition and present day importance. As the world grows smaller, international law becomes more important. The establishment of regional and international arrangements, and the extraordinarily swift advancement of information technology, has contributed greatly to the process of economic and political integration. The member states of the European Union, as well as the EU itself, have become, and will continue to be, critically important players in global and legal relations. England remains the most important link for American companies seeking to do business in Europe, especially for American high-tech and information companies.
London presents the ideal location for a semester abroad. There are more branch offices of American law firms in London than any other foreign city. London is one of the major centers for the European Union and you will have an opportunity to learn about the Union from expert teachers and speakers. You'll visit the Inns of Court and walk in the footsteps of illustrious lawyers and statesmen -- Blackstone, Disraeli, Gladstone, Francis Bacon. There will be opportunities for you to meet students from other American law schools and English law students, and socialize with prominent barristers and solicitors.
Professionally and personally, Autumn in London will be an unforgettable experience -- one you'll treasure the rest of your life.
Travel Around London and Beyond
Most of England's major tourist destinations, such as Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Canterbury are an easy day trip from London. Several excursions are included in the program price. In past years, our students have visited Bath, Oxford, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Brighton as part of the program. Our staff will be happy to assist you with suggestions and information for travel around the British Isles.
The Autumn in London program ends on Thanksgiving to permit students to travel in more distant parts of Britain, such as Scotland or Ireland, or to visit the continent prior to returning to the United States for the Christmas holidays. With the Eurostar, Paris is only three hours from London. Prices on the Eurostar are surprisingly reasonable, allowing opportunities for a trip to Paris or Brussels, the center of the European Union. Air fares for students to other parts of Europe are also very low.
Academic Program and Externships
The program will be from Aug. 13-Nov. 25, 2016. Exams will be given at the end of classes. The type of exam will be at the discretion of the professor teaching the course. Most of the courses will be offered for two or three academic credits. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, the program will include a number of distinguished guest speakers from the English Legal system and field trips to major English legal institutions such as the Old Bailey, the Inns of Court, and The Royal Courts of Justice. Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to make social and professional contacts with English barristers and solicitors.
In addition to taking traditional courses, students have the opportunity to do an externship with British legal institutions and British barristers and solicitors. To be considered for the externship, you must submit a cover letter and resume to the Externship Director, Kandice Horsey at at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2016. See Externships for more information.