Stetson University

Courses - Autumn in London

The London program will be held from Aug. 16-Nov. 28, 2014. 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 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 and Stuart Weinstein
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 Copyright Law and Practice (2 credits)
Professor Dan Rawling
This course will examine the copyright law of the European Union and the United Kingdom, with a comparative dimension looking at US copyright law.

The course will include consideration of:

  • copyright in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, as well as sound recordings, films and broadcasts;
  • the economic and moral justifications for the existence of intellectual property rights such as copyright;
  • key contextual problem areas, such as free speech and parody, and how well copyright law deals with contemporary art practice; and
  • the interplay between intellectual property law and competition (antitrust) law.

In keeping with the overall theme of the program, this course will involve class participation in exercises that will give students an opportunity to practice their advocacy and debating skills. Specifically, there will be:

  • mock-trials or moots based on copyright claim fact-patterns; and
  • opportunities for class debate on particular motions connected with copyright law and policy.

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.

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.

The Impact of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights Law (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.  

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 Stuart Weinstein
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.

Remedies (3 credits)
Professor Marco Jimenez
A general examination of traditional legal and equitable remedies in a variety of contexts, of declaratory relief, and of current remedies developments in the public law area.

War Crimes (1 credit)
Professor Amanda Padoan
This two-week intensive seminar will cover the modern law of war and its development after the Nuremberg Trials. We focus on the international criminal courts in the Hague, Arusha and elsewhere and the trials of war criminals from Cambodia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and the former Yugoslavia. We will also study the treaties, which form the basis for these trials, and the expanding body of international criminal law.

Western Legal Thought Seminar (3 credits)
Professor Marco Jiminez

This seminar will examine the origins and development of Western legal thought from its earliest foundation in Mesopotamia and the Near East through Greece, Rome, Constantinople, Bologna, and its eventual spread throughout Europe and, subsequently, many parts of the world. During this journey, we will learn not only about the law as it existed in each of these societies, but will consider the idea of law, paying careful attention to its historical and ideological development. This course satisfies the Writing Requirement.

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