Stetson University

Courses - Autumn in London

The London program will be held from Aug. 15-Nov. 27, 2015. Students must enroll in a minimum of 10 credits to satisfy visa requirements, but may take up to 17 credit hours. Tuition will be the same for students taking between 10 and 17 credits. All students must take one required course (for a total of two credit hours); then, students may choose among electives and may apply for an internship with various public and private organizations in London.

Course Descriptions


Comparative U.K.-U.S. Legal Systems (2 credits)
Professors Marc Mason
and Lisa Webley
This course provides an introduction to the history and practice of the English legal system, with comparisons and contrasts to the U.S. legal system. The course will cover topics including an overview of the British Constitution, the English court structure, the doctrine of precedent as it operates in England, statutory interpretation, the English legal profession, the English judiciary, costs and legal aid, the administration of criminal justice in England, and jury trials.


Comparative Civil Litigation: U.S. vs. U.K. (2 credits)
Professor Kathleen Hallisey
This course is designed to introduce students to the civil litigation process in the UK whilst comparing it to US civil litigation. We will compare the civil procedure rules in the US and UK by applying the rules to two mock cases. The class will be divided into US and UK litigators and each session will be a practical exercise in conducting litigation in each country, thereby allowing the students to understand the similarities and differences in both jurisdictions as well as to learn practical skills such as writing demand letters, taking depositions, drafting witness statements and negotiating settlements.

Comparative Criminal Trial Advocacy (3 credits)
Professor Kandice Horsey

This course is intended to complement the Comparative U.K.-U.S. Legal Systems course and is designed to introduce students to the practical differences and similarities between the American and English trial systems. The focus will be on how trials are conducted and how to try a case effectively in both jurisdictions. Students can expect to learn and practice trial skills, including direct and cross examination, opening statements, and closing arguments. The class will also attend court sessions for observation and subsequent group discussion. By the end of the semester, students will understand how trials are conducted in the courts of the United States in comparison to trials in England and Wales, and will possess universal skills in the area of trial advocacy that could be applied in either jurisdiction. This class does not meet the Stetson skills requirement.

Comparative Employment Law (1 credit)
Professors Kathleen Hallisey
This course will support students through the internship experience by giving them an opportunity to discuss the issues encountered during their internships while also providing them with a legal framework to understand and compare the differences in employment law in the United States and United Kingdom.  We will also consider the language and cultural challenges faced when working abroad.

We will begin with a crash course in the language and cultural differences between the US and UK, particularly focusing on how likely it is to encounter those differences in the workplace so as to develop an appreciation of the contrast and prepare for the internships.

The goal is to support students through the internship experience while providing a legal background on employment law in the US and UK. 

This course will be required for students participating in the internship.

Comparative Freedom of Expression Seminar (3 credits)
Professor Kirsten Davis
This seminar explores the issue of free expression around the globe by comparing the ways different countries and international bodies regulate speech and other types of symbolic expression. Topics may include, among others, philosophies of free expression, pornography and obscenity, the definition and regulation of hate speech, speech compelled by the government, symbolic speech, protest speech and the nature of “democracy,” and national security. UK and EU law on free expression will be discussed. Students can anticipate at least one field trip and/or local guest speaker. Students will complete a paper that may satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

Directed Research (1-2 credits)

This course is comprised of research leading to the writing of a series of short papers, reflecting substantial effort, on various aspects of a single legal subject. Upon approval of the research, the student must register for credit with the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the semester in which the research is to be undertaken. This course does NOT satisfy the Stetson writing requirement. The course will be graded S/U. Further, the course will NOT satisfy the Tulsa seminar requirement or substitute for an independent study. For Tulsa students, the course will be classified as a pass/fail course. Stetson students must obtain special permission of the Associate Dean for Academics to enroll in this course as part of the London program.

Dispute Resolution in the International Context (1 credit)
Professor David Ritchie
This course will look at the methods of dispute resolution used in both public and private international law contexts. We will explore the methods of settling and litigating disputes between states, as well as those mechanisms used most frequently in private international transactions (primarily arbitration). No previous knowledge of alternative dispute resolution is necessary, but a basic understanding of international law is helpful.

EU and UN Human Rights (2 credits)
Professor Simone Higgins
Course will place particular emphasis on their effect on the UK and EU constitutional and administrative systems.

Content  will cover the following stages:

  • A brief summary of the background to the creation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, with particular emphasis on the role of UK lawyers in drafting  some of the key provisions in these documents.
  • An explanation and review of some of the key provisions of the Declaration and Convention.
  • An explanation and review of the key constitutional and administrative institutions which implement the Declaration and Convention.
  • The impact of the Declaration and Convention on the constitutional and administrative systems of the contacting states, with particular emphasis on: (a) the UK and the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998; and (b) the EU and the impact of the EU concept of fundamental rights. This will include a review of some of the most famous and controversial cases that have emerged in the UK in recent years. The subject matter of these cases is as variable and interesting as the issue of human rights itself. Examples include:  (i) environmental abuses and protection, (ii) terrorism and security, (iii) the fairness of criminal trials, penalties and extradition laws, (iv) the right to provide and receive free legal services,  (iv) the financial rights of shareholders and others that contribute to the operational activities of companies, and (v) the competence of some of the most powerful regulators/investigators in the UK/EU (eg the EU Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the Crown Prosecution Service and many others).
  • The impact of the Declaration and Convention on other international agreements (eg the World Trade Organisation).
  • Finally, the course will look at the future of the Declaration and the Convention, in particular proposed reforms to the Declaration and the Convention, together with the institutions that underpin them. 

European Union Law (2 credits)
Professor Andrea Biondi
This course will focus on the constitutional/administrative law of the European Union (EU). Students will study the history of the EU, the treaties underpinning the EU, the institutional structure of the EU, the law-making procedures of the EU, enforcement of and challenges to the law of the EU, and the protection of human rights under EU law.

Independent Research Project (1-2 credits)

By individual arrangement with a faculty member, a student may enroll in one semester of legal research leading to the writing of a single paper of publishable quality reflecting substantial effort. Upon approval of the project, the student must register for credit in the project with the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the semester in which the project is to be undertaken. This course is graded and satisfies the Stetson Law writing requirement. Students enrolled in this course must attend the Scholarly Writing Series (online version). The project must be supervised by a full-time member of the Stetson or Tulsa law faculties. This course will NOT satisfy the Tulsa seminar requirement for Tulsa students. Stetson students must obtain special permission of the Associate Dean for Academics to enroll in this course as part of the London program.

Internships (2 credits - Limited Enrollment)
Professor Kandice Horsey
An internship gives students the opportunity to develop firsthand their clinical practice skills and gain insight into the legal profession in England by undertaking a voluntary internship with members of the Bar, solicitors, U.S. law firms, the judiciary, private and public sector organizations and leading law and policy reform advocates. Under the supervision and guidance of the internship director, students are placed with an intern host and become involved in a wide range of activities with the intern host including writing memoranda, participating in meetings, drafting agreements, and attending court hearings. The student's work experience is then supplemented by weekly classes where the students examine the challenges they face and how these are met. The student is then required to write a paper up to seven pages in length that reviews their experiences from a reflective perspective. The course is graded on credit/no credit basis.

Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (1 credit)
Professor Damien Yare
An examination of the legal issues affecting the recording and music publishing industries in the UK and abroad, specifically focusing on the formation and content of a number of contractual relationships including the context and motivations of the parties entering these arrangements.

The course will include consideration of the following:

•    the fundamentals of copyright and contract law and their implications on the music industry;
•    the workings of the international music industry and its participants;
•    the main commercial terms found in many of the key contracts for artists, records labels and music publishers; and
•    the negotiation process involved in music industry agreements.

The course will be heavily dependent on class participation in discussions and exercises that will give students an opportunity to practice their negotiating and contract drafting skills. Specifically, there will be:

•    mock-contract negotiations based on common fact-patterns;
•    drafting workshops to improve contract formation and revision; and
•    class debate and discussion on industry practices, current business models and the future of music industry.

Miscarriages of Justice (1 credit)
Professor Kandice Horsey
This course will provide an overview of several landmark miscarriage of justice cases in England and Wales and the changes in the law that followed as a result. Studying the ways in which the criminal justice system has failed in the past can prevent future failures. This course will also compare how similar cases would be handled in the United States. The appellate process for both jurisdictions will also be considered and discussed.

Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
Professor Kirsten Davis
A study of the ethical considerations involved in the lawyer-client relationship. The Rules of Professional Conduct and Codes of Judicial Conduct will be examined. This course satisfies the professional responsibility requirement for Stetson students and is a required course for Stetson rising 2Ls.


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