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College of Law

Florida State University


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. 


  • Comparative Law

    Taught by Professor Lee

    The course provides an introduction to the Civil Law tradition, the major alternative to the Common Law. We will draw many of our examples from three legal systems widely considered to be seminal models of within that tradition, those of France, Germany, and China. The comparative method as it is applied to legal problems will serve as a rubric for analyzing these legal systems. Through readings and class discussions, students will learn how to classify and compare Civil Law legal systems to Common Law legal systems, and to classify and compare legal systems within the Civil Law tradition. We will pay attention to both the utility and the limitations of such classifications and comparisons. The course focuses upon sources of law, the court system, civil procedure, the legal profession, and dispute resolution and is particularly useful for those who plan to practice law with an European, or international client base. 

    Will use own course materials, take-home exam due last day of exam period.

  • English Legal History
  • European Union Law

    Taught by Dr. Fisher

    This course is an introduction to EU law that looks at some of the key legal features of this unique legal system. Topics covered include EU institutional arrangements, direct effect, preliminary references, supremacy, the role of the European Court of Justice, the emerging debates over constitutionalism in the EU, and free movement of goods.


  • Federal Courts

    Taught by Professor Hanson

    Federal Courts will provide students with an understanding of the operation and function of U.S. federal courts. The course will cover civil rights litigation under § 1983, the jurisdiction of the federal district courts and removal of cases from state to federal courts, the justiciability doctrines governing cases before federal courts, Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity, and the abstention doctrines. The course will also include several exercises designed to provide students with a practical understanding of what it is like to practice in federal court or to work as a judicial law clerk to a federal judge.