2018 Summer Program in Law

This year, from June 25 - August 2, we will again reside at St. Edmund Hall, an Oxford college which traces its roots to the 13th century when it was one of the academic halls that formed the basis of the University of Oxford. As the oldest ongoing program in Oxford sponsored by a U.S. law school, it provides students with a unique opportunity to study comparative law, and the history of the common law and its institutions in their original setting. All courses are offered by tenured members of the Oxford and Florida State law faculty. Students may enroll in two or three courses. This program is A.B.A. approved.

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Note: A letter of good standing will take the place of transcripts for non-FSU students; because GPA scales vary from school to school, you may enter 0.00.

Questions concerning the application and program may be directed to Shirley Oglesby, Assistant to the Director, 850.645.0926.


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Comparative Law

(2-3 credits)
Prerequisites: None

An introduction to the characteristic features and functioning of non-common law legal systems, with emphasis on the civil law tradition. This course seeks to provide American lawyers with a basic framework for understanding foreign legal systems.

English Legal History (Oxford)

Discusses the initial courts; the emergence of the dominant royal courts, King's Bench and Common Pleas; the writ system and development of the pleading forms and the methods of proof used in trials. Considers tenures, the principal Real Actions for the recovery of land at Common Law and selected writs. Culminates in a consideration of the doctrine of estates. Briefly surveys future interests, perpetuities and the rise of uses and trusts.

European Union Law (Oxford)

An examination of the basic institutional and constitutional framework of the European Union and the fundamental legal principles that structure the internal market and the Union's external relations. The Union is studied comparatively as a legal system, as a fundamental modern legal development, and as the leading example of regional economic integration.

Federal Courts

(3 credits)
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law II recommended, but not required

A study of the federal court system and its constitutional limitations. The original and removal jurisdiction of the United States district courts, relationships between state and federal courts, venue in civil cases, and the appellate jurisdiction of the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court are reviewed.