Courses - Autumn in London
Autumn in London 2017 Courses*
*Courses have been proposed and are awaiting approval from the Curriculum Committee.
The London 2017 program will be held from Aug. 12-Nov. 24, 2017. 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.
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.
Advanced Civil Procedure (2 credits)
Professor Michael Finch
This course focuses on procedural issues (1) governed by the formal rules of procedure and (2) largely arising during the pre-trial phases of litigation. Such issues include pleading and motion practice, discovery, pre-trial remedies, and dispositive motions. Little if any time will be spent addressing topics such as jurisdiction.
The course is intended to provide students an opportunity to revisit and explore in great depth those important litigation procedures first visited in a first-year course in Civil Procedure. And this course will also provide students a firmer foundation in rules of procedure that will be tested on the Multistate Bar Examination.
Awesome Advocacy (1 credit)
Professor Gillian More
Students explore methods of persuasion from a theoretical perspective and apply the lessons learned through performance-based exercises designed to expand the boundaries of their understanding of advocacy skills and mastery of techniques. This course will be instructed by a former Scottish Crown Prosecutor.
Comparative Civil Litigation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (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 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.
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.
Ethics in Sports Management and Governance (1 credit)
Professor Genevieve Gordon
This course concentrates on a range of ethical issues that face the sports industry professional in the twenty first century across the UK and USA. On-going crises in international and national sport, ranging from doping and match-fixing to alleged corruption in governing bodies, mean that no sports manager can ignore the issue of ethics. By exploring these issues in a critical academic way, informed by historical and contemporary perspectives, our students will develop a clear sense of the challenges facing contemporary sport and an agenda for maintaining excellence and reforming problematic areas. The course will begin with a consideration of what sport is, and what it means in different cultural settings, along with an introduction to the philosophical and practical considerations underpinning ethics. It will then examine the legal and organizational frameworks for sport, before exploring a range of thematic case studies of problematic areas in sport, such as doping, violence, discrimination, child protection, academic sport issues, the environment, and human rights. The whole module will be based around such questions as: How and why have regulations around sport developed? Who controls them and in whose interests? How does management and governance in sport relate to models in other business, entertainment, and cultural sectors? How do national, international, and transnational systems inter-relate? Why have crises happened and what has sport learned from them? How do national and international legal systems inter-relate with sports governance?
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.
Freedom of Religion: An Anglo-American Perspective (3 credits)
Professor Michael Finch
This course examines the First Amendment’s religion clauses by, first, tracing the evolution of church-state relations and religious freedom in Great Britain and the United States. The large majority of colonists in 17th- and 18th-century America emigrated from the British Isles, and their views of religious freedom were shaped by their and their ancestors’ experience in the mother countries. To understand the protections for religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment, we must understand something about, for example, the spread of the Protestant Reformation to England and the ceaseless struggles between Protestant England and Catholic Spain and France that carried over to colonial America.
In addition to examining the historical context for the First Amendment’s religion clauses, we will also consider how laws governing religious freedom in the United States and Western Europe have diverged. We consider, for example, how European nations have rejected a “strict separation” of church and state, and how that choice may have contributed to the decline of religious observance in those nations. And we consider the how current disputes about religious freedom in the United States and Western Europe differ based on the distinct demographics and religious affiliations of their citizens.
Because many historical sites in Great Britain are the setting for events that affected church-state relations—Hampton Court, Canterbury Cathedral, Plymouth—we will provide the opportunity to visit some of these sites during students’ stay in London.
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 Kathleen Hallisey
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 externship 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 externship 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.
Judicial Review (2 credits)
Professor Simone Higgins
Judicial Review is one of the most popular legal actions in the UK. It is a special legal procedure which allows people or organizations to challenge acts or omission by bodies that are required to provide public services. Examples of the types of bodies that can be subjected to such action are government departments, local authorities, the Police, the armed forces, universities and bodies which regulate the conduct of companies and/or the provision of transport and utility services.
Examples of the grounds on which JR claims can be made include human rights, illegality, irrationality and procedural irregularity. As a result, JR actions have touched on some of the most controversial areas in UK law and life including immigration, policing, the fight against terrorism and the right to take your own life, to name but a few.
The Masai, The Mau Mau and Guantanamo Bay: A Study of Ground-breaking International Litigation (1 credit)
Professor Tommy Beale
This course offers an exploration of ground-breaking international cases against governments and multinational companies. In each class, we will study a different case, which will provide a unique opportunity to consider how these innovative and revolutionary international cases have not only protected the rights of individuals against corporate and governmental harm but have also been used to obtain redress for powerless victims.
Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
Professor Michael Finch
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.