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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Oxford, England
Oxford, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/28/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/29/2017 07/28/2017
NOTE: A mandatory orientation session will occur the morning of June 29, 2017. Check in at Oxford will be available on June 28, 2017. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements as not all dates have been finalized. Full tuition payment due April 15, 2017. The non-refundable deposit is $300 per program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:
Summer Abroad in Oxford, England

Mix & Match:  Students may enroll in all other academic programs including The Hague, Geneva, Sydney, or Vienna prior to the Oxford academic program.

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Seminar on English Legal System (2 units) 

To complement its three-unit tutorial offering, the Santa Clara University School of Law Oxford Summer Abroad Program offers a two-unit course educating students about English legal systems and institutions and other comparative law topics. 

Students attend a series of lectures on selected topics, each given by a distinguished legal scholar, take three field trips, and write a paper.
The six lectures will cover the following topics: introduction to English land law; the nature of parliamentary sovereignty in the United Kingdom; deconstructing environmental law; European employment law applied to the emerging "gig" economy; challenges to English privacy law; transitional justice.

The field trips expose you to the world famous Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Oxford criminal court, and legal institutions located in London (the U.K. Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Old Bailey, an Inn of Court, and the Bar Council).  No advance preparation is required for the lectures or the field trips.  The paper, which must focus in greater depth on one of a subject treated in one of the six lectures, will be due four weeks after the program ends.  One of the co-directors will evaluate and assign a grade to the paper that, together with attendance at the lectures and field trips, will determine your grade for the seminar.  Missing any of the lectures or missing a field trip will adversely affect the grade.   

Tutorials (3 units)

Instruction replicates the Oxford University tutorial method. Each student studies selected topics in a designated field of law under the direct supervision of an English law professor and legal scholar (the tutor) with expertise in the field. The professors and their subjects of expertise are identified below. When registering for the program, students select the fields of law in which they are interested. Every effort is made to give them their first choice. 

A student meets with his or her tutor five times during the program (an average of once each week). In advance of each tutorial, the tutor poses one or more topics or questions on which the student is to write an essay (generally about 2,000 words) after reading materials provided by the tutor in an extensive relevant bibliography of required or recommended readings. During each tutorial, students will discuss the assigned topic or questions with the tutor and will be asked to present (sometimes read) and defend their essay. Some professors ask the student to submit the paper to the tutor one day in advance of the meeting. Some tutors prefer to meet with the student one-on- one; these tutorial sessions meet for approximately 1-1/4 hour. Other tutors prefer to meet with students one-on- two; these tutorial sessions meet for approximately 2 hours. 

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Please note that there are no internships associated with the Oxford program.

This Year's Tutorial Faculty
The following is provided as general information of the tutorials that have been offered. 

Professor Susan Lamb has worked for twenty years with various United Nations and other responses to atrocity crimes.  She is a former Senior Legal Officer for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer rouge trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania, and worked in various capacities for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands.  More recently she has worked on related civil society initiatives seeking accountability for serious violations of international criminal and humanitarian law committed in the course of the Syrian conflict, and was a Professor, Vice Dean, and Executive Director of the Centre for International Criminal Justice and International Humanitarian Law at the Jindal Global Law School in India.  She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and undertook doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford in the mid 1990s as a Rhodes Scholar. She is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

International Criminal Law: This tutorial traces the historical origins of international criminal law and its sources, and its development through the jurisprudence and practice of various international criminal tribunals, from Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The course introduces students to the nature of the principal international crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), as well as forms of criminal participation and individual criminal responsibility.

Transitional Justice: This tutorial explores various types of justice initiatives available to societies emerging from armed conflict or authoritarian regimes, seeking to redress historic injustices or to achieve national reconciliation. It studies responses such as truth and reconciliation commissions, commissions of enquiry, initiatives aimed at memorialization, explores the supposed tension between peace and justice, and critically evaluates the extent to which responsive measures have served to reinvigorate national justice systems affected by armed conflict or atrocity crimes.

Professor Laurence Lustgarten is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. He was a Professor Law at the University of Southampton and Warwick Law School, Queen’s University.

Comparative Constitutional Law: The US Constitution, though the world's oldest, is also in many respects very different-even an outlier--compared with the structure and workings of most constitutions today.  This tutorial covers topics and issues in comparative constitutional law, most likely chosen from the following: separation of powers, constitutional judicial review, federalism, the conduct of politics, including referenda, constituency/districting formation, limitations on campaign expenditures, electoral systems, and entitlement to vote.


Professor Roger J. Smith is a member of the Oxford faculty of law and a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He received his B.A. from Cambridge, and his M.A. from both Cambridge and Oxford. He has been a lecturer in law at Birmingham University, a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Melbourne. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of Real Property, Torts, Trust, Company Law, and Taxation.

Comparative Property Law: This tutorial will explore similarities and differences between the law of real property in England and the United States.

Comparative Tort Law: This tutorial will explore similarities and differences between the tort law of England and the United States.

Professor Reuven (Ruvi) Zeigler is a lecturer in law at the University of Reading, Editor-in -Chief of the Refugee LAW Initiative’s Working Paper Series at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). He is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute and participates in the “Constitutional Principles and Their Implementation” project there. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog and other legal blogs. Professor Ziegler, as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, was affiliated with the Immigration and Refugee Clinic and its Human Rights program.

Law of Armed Conflict: This tutorial examines a range of topics within this major subset of international law, including the rules as to how warfare is to be conducted, the displacement of persons during armed conflict, and the legal protections for injured or captured combatants and civilians.

International Refugee Law: This tutorial explores the area of public international law that regulates an exception to the principles of state sovereignty and migration control. It offers a critical understanding of the international regime of refugee protection by highlighting its virtues and shortcomings.

Professor Peter Mirfield is Sir David Lewis Fellow and Tutor in Law at Jesus College, Oxford.  He received his M.A. and B.C.L. from Oxford.  His teaching and research interests include constitutional law, criminal law, evidence and jurisprudence. He has also a former practicing barrister and has taught in the United States, including at Florida State and Santa Clara School of Law.   He currently serves as editor of the Law Quarterly Review, a peer reviewed journal covering common law throughout the world. 

Jurisprudence:  This tutorial will explore several topics in jurisprudence. Past offerings of the tutorial have considered the following topics: the enforcement of morality; natural law; Hartian Positivism; the contributions of Ronald Dworkin; authority, obligation to obey the law, and civil disobedience.

Professor Josephine van Zeben studied law at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard University.  Her work is interdisciplinary, having postgraduate qualifications in law and economics and law and political theory.  An important part of her work focuses on climate change mitigation efforts within the European Union, specifically through market-based regulation.  At Oxford, she is a fellow of Worcester College where she teaches EU law, Constitutional law and Administrative law.  She is also a visiting lecturer at the ETH Zurich where she teaches Environmental law and policy to scientists.

Environmental Law: This tutorial will introduce the legal, economic, and social context of environmental regulation.  No prior knowledge of U.S. environmental law is required, although students with past experience are welcome.  During the tutorial, students will discuss: general theoretical approaches to environmental law; the structure of environmental law within the European Union, highlighting differences and similarities with the United States when relevant; a case study of the issue of fuel poverty that illustrates the intersection of environmental, economic, and social problems on which environmental law functions.

Jeremias Prassl is an Associate Professor of Law at Magdalen College, Oxford. Prior to his election to a fellowship at Magdalen, he was a Supernumerary Fellow at St. John's College Oxford and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Jesus College, Oxford. He has held visiting research or lecturing positions at Columbia Law School, New York, the Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, and University College, London. Since 2014 he has also been a Research Fellow at the Faculty's Institute for European and Comparative Law. He teaches Constitutional Law, EU Law, Labour Law, and Corporate Law.

European Union Law: This tutorial will introduce the student to fundamental principles and structures of European Union Law.

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required and is then applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1,000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.
In example, the total is $5,000 for Oxford.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information). Financial Aid goes through a student's home institution. A consortium agreement is setup between the home institution and Santa Clara University.


Magdalen College makes its facilities available to students wishing to live in college housing. The accommodations at Magdalen are the same as those occupied by Oxford students during the regular term, and residence in the College is subject to the same rules that govern regular Oxford students residing in Magdalen. Included within Magdalen’s grounds are gardens and pastoral walks along the river. The standard of rooms varies considerably with the age of the building. Some rooms are within the College compound, while others may be in Magdalen’s facilities near the College. Occasionally, students occupy the rooms of illustrious alumni of the College, such as Oscar Wilde. While the rooms may vary in size and general quality, all are the same price.

The College reserves the right to change rooms during the program. Bath and washing facilities are shared (dormitory style), but no bedrooms are shared. Sharing of rooms, except by partners who have requested a double, is not allowed. Bed linen are provided but towels are not. Adapters for electrical equipment are required. Children may not reside in the college. The privilege of residing in historic rooms at Magdalen College, with access to College and University facilities, imposes an obligation to respect the traditions and norms of the institution. Living in College, as would an English student, is an enriching part of the educational/cultural experience, but can present challenges to Americans who may be unfamiliar with those traditions. Students will be fully briefed, and will be expected to comply with those standards of conduct. As the full Oxford experience can be gained only by living and dining in College, students are encouraged to live in College, but are free to make alternative arrangements.

For more questions about housing, please contact the Program Director or visit this website:

2017 Housing Fee Charges 
All prices include breakfast daily, Monday - Friday.
Single Standard Room: ~$1,450*
Single Ensuite Room: ~$2,125*

Twin Standard Room (Couples Only, Total Cost): ~$2,515*
* Subject to change in the spring should extreme currency fluctuations occur.

Included in the lodging, at no additional charge, is breakfast, Monday – Friday. Breakfast is served in the historic, 15th century grand dining hall of Magdalen College (long tables, coat of arms, etc.). In addition, a formal reception and dinner are held in the college to mark the end of the program.

Santa Clara University does not endorse any housing provider or have any relationship with any housing provider and students should thoroughly research their housing options.  

Exploring The Area

One might spend the afternoon reading in Christ Church Meadow, where Alice took her nap before entering Wonderland. Or you may rent a punt at Magdalen edge and drift up and down the river enjoying a picnic gathered at the Open Market. A taxi, 30 minute bike ride, or a one hour walk can take you to the ruined abbey where King Henry II visited (or kept) his mistress. You may continue your outing and take refreshments at the famous riverside Trout Inn. In the evening attend one of the numerous concerts or outdoor theatricals, or you can simply watch the sun setting over the pink Oxford spires from the hill where Charles II trained his troops during the English Civil War.

Many historic sites outside Oxford are easily accessible from the college thanks to excellent bus and rail service. The beautiful Cotswolds are a 30-minute train trip from Oxford. Blenheim Castle is a short bus ride away. Historic Abington can be reached from Oxford via a leisurely boat ride down the Thames. In fact, London – one of the truly great cities of the world and the cultural, political, and financial center of Britain – is only an hour away by train and only 90 minutes by bus (which stops near the entrance to the College). Oxford and London offer students a cornucopia of opportunities for discovery and entertainment. A refuge for scholars and adventurers alike, Oxford is an experience to cherish for a lifetime.

The town of Oxford has been a glittering center of English life and learning for almost 1,000 years. Students have ample opportunity to browse among its many historical buildings and treasures. Some of the more than 30 colleges date from the 12th and 13th centuries and include beautiful gardens and examples of medieval architecture. Magdalen College is located on 50 acres of beautiful grounds bordering the River Cherwell. This college, which dates back to 1458 (Magdalen’s student pub is in a 13th century building predating the College), includes architectural examples spanning seven centuries, as well as exquisite English gardens and the famous deer preserve. Because of its beauty, it is not uncommon for films to be shot in the College (Shadowlands is an example). Though located near the center of town, Magdalen offers true respite and grandeur to students and faculty alike.

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Travel Information

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Traveling with Disabilities in the UK
Additional Information about Traveling with Disabilities


Summer 2016 Student Evaluation: Overall Courses:  4.67 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

"I really enjoyed my tutorials (I had Professor Roger Smith)- the professor was approachable, took my interests into account, and clearly communicated what the expectations were. I learned a lot about the topic, and about the English legal system as a whole during the course." Christina Dombrowski, CWRU, (2016)

"This was an absolutely amazing program! The tutorial process was the most beneficial academic experience I have ever received." Matthew Bacon, LCLARK (2016)

"I enjoyed the freedom of this program, being able to freely converse with my tutor, and being able to travel around the UK/Europe freely." Jasmine Gregory, Charlotte School of Law (2015)

"The support we were given by the program administrators while here in Oxford has been beyond excellent!" Denita Cunningham, University of New Brunswick (2015)

“The overall program was exceptional and an extraordinary opportunity.” Matt S., SCU (2012)

“Excellent program – tutors were wonderful… Santa Clara’s faculty Directors went out of their way to make it enjoyable. Thank you!” [Anonymous] University of Calgary (2011)

“The most amazing experience of my life both academically and in regards to future career.” [Anonymous] SCU (2011)

“After researching all seven ABA approved law programs at Oxford, it became clear to me that the Santa Clara program was the best. The most striking aspect of the program is the fact that actual Oxford professors are used, rather than simply importing domestic professors from the home university. . . As a non-Santa Clara student I was immediately welcomed . . . we all bonded within the first few days. The Santa Clara program is one of the few programs that can boast the ability to grant its students access to the famous Bodleian Library, and even the more exclusive law library at All Souls College. From start to finish, the Santa Clara program is first class all the way and well worth the investment.” James Cleavenger, Eugene, OR (2006)

“My first year at law school was intimidating. I died at the thought of attending a professor’s office hours to ask for help. I just couldn’t get over the fear that my questions were irrelevant or elementary – stupid even. I needed a way to get over my fears, so I enrolled in the Summer Abroad Program at Oxford, hoping the experience would help me gain the confidence to better interact with my professors and peers. Knowing the tutorial program would force me to have one-on-one time with a professor once a week meant I had to jump in head first and discuss the subject matter that initially intimidated me. Once I met with Professor Roger Smith, my fears were something of the past. I became engaged in conversations about my courses, so much so that our regular hour and a half sessions started to run past the time requirement. The process gave me opportunities to address my concerns or to voice questions I couldn’t find the confidence to verbalize before. The Summer Abroad Program at Oxford helped me open up and realize the confidence I needed to get the most out of my educational and professional experiences; it was an learning experience that I carry with me throughout my studies, as an intern and in life.” Michael Avramidis, Santa Clara (2008)

“The experience was truly amazing! The one-on-one tutorial method was intense. The program was a lifetime event for me.” Mike Percy, SCU (2005)

Contact Us

Oxford Program Co-Directors: Prof. Gary Neustadter and Prof. Patty Rauch-Neustadter
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Enrollment Limit: 38

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