Courses - Autumn in London

The London 2016 program will be held from Aug. 13-Nov. 25, 2016. 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.


Climate Justice: U.S. and International Perspectives (1 credit)
Professor Randall Abate

The regulation of climate change has taken center stage internationally and regionally as the world braces for increasingly more severe impacts from the carbon-intensive global economy. In recent years, adaptation to these impacts has become a primary focus of global efforts to ensure the health and safety of the most vulnerable communities of the world such as the urban and rural poor, low lying island nations, indigenous peoples, and future generations in the face of climate change impacts. Climate justice emerged as part of the global response to these impacts. Climate justice focuses on the disproportionate burden of climate change impacts on the poor and marginalized and seeks to secure a more equitable allocation of the burdens of these impacts at the local, national, and global levels through proactive regulatory initiatives and reactive judicial remedies that draw on international human rights and domestic environmental justice theories. This course addresses climate justice from U.S. and international law perspectives and considers legal responses to promote climate justice in several regions of the world. It also evaluates regulatory obstacles under international law, U.S. law, and foreign domestic law in seeking to promote climate justice on a global scale.

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.

A Comparative Study of the Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States and England and Wales
(1 credit)
Professor Patrick Longan

In this course you will study how the legal profession is regulated in the United States as compared to how it is regulated in England and Wales. In particular, we will contrast the reforms that England and Wales instituted with the Legal Services Act in 2007 to promote access to legal services with the analogous, but fragmented, efforts to accomplish the same goal in the various states in the U.S. We will also examine the effects of technology and globalization on the provision of legal services and contrast the likelihood that the two different regulatory systems will be able to adapt to these fundamental forces of change.

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.

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.

Family Law (3 credits)
Professor Michael Dale
This course covers the law governing family relationships. It includes the rights and responsibilities of parents, spouses, grandparents, partners, and children and the creation and dissolution of the family. Topics include adoption, spouse and child abuse, alimony, property distribution, child support, and child custody. It also focuses on international topics such as The Hague Convention and international conflict of laws issues.

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 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.

Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony: A U.S. and U.K. Comparison (1 credit)
Professor Carol Henderson
While science and technology are not necessarily different across borders, the way such evidence is used and presented in court may be quite different. This course will compare the admissibility of scientific evidence, the qualification of expert witnesses and the presentation of expert testimony in the United Kingdom and the United States. During the course we will meet with members of the forensic and legal medicine community and have hands-on demonstrations of forensic examinations. We will meet with a member of the judiciary and will observe expert testimony in court or a coroner’s inquest, if available. We will also discuss future trends in forensic science research and expert testimony arising from the work of the National Commission on Forensic Science and the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees in the U.S. and The Royal Society’s “The Paradigm Shift for U.K Forensic Science” meetings in the U.K. with representatives from the newly established Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee.

Below are colleagues who have committed to contribute to course:

Dr. Peter Dean
HRH Senior Coroner for Suffolk
Dr. Dean has served as an advisor on TV drama series such as Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Ripper Street and Whitechapel.

Dr. Jason Payne-James
President, Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine. Director, Payne-James Ltd

Professor Sue Black, OBE, FRSE
Director, Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, FRSE
Professor of Forensic Science and Director of Research
Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee

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.

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 Michael Dale
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.