June 30 – July 31, 2015

English Legal Institutions Seminar (1 unit)

Tutorials – Extensive Subjects Available (3 units)

Application Information

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Mix & Match: The Oxford program starts later in the summer to allow students to enroll in other courses such as The Hague, or Vienna-Budapest for up to an additional 4 units before Oxford begins.

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Oxford buildingSeminar on English Legal System (1 unit) 

The program requires a seminar on the English legal and legal educational system. The seminar will meet on five different occasions at times to be arranged. The discussions are led by English barristers and judges. One meeting consists of a tour of the Royal Courts in London, a conversation with a distinguished jurist, and a visit to Gray’s Inn in London, one of the four Inns of Court. No credit/credit assigned but letter grade can be assigned by request.

Tutorials (3 units)

Students select to study with a tutorial faculty member  (see below for selection), who is an expert in their field. Tutorial courses usually consist of meeting once a week with a professor. Each week includes a reading list and an essay topic assigned by the tutor. Tutorials typically take place at the College or in the tutor’s “rooms.” In these tutorial sessions the student discusses and defends before the tutor an essay the student has prepared, based on extensive readings assigned by the tutor. Students usually research and prepare their essays at Bodleian Library. Letter grade assigned. Application deadline for classes is March 23, 2015.

Tutorial Faculty

Professor Susan Lamb is 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. Prior to joining the JGLS, she had a 17 year career with various United Nations responses to atrocity crimes, serving as a Senior Legal Officer for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as Chef de Cabinet forthe United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania and in various capacities for the the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.  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: The course 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 course 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, and critically examines the supposed tension between peace and justice It also examines mechanisms designed to ensure that the impact and legacy of international criminal tribunals extend beyond the relatively few cases these tribunals can themselves adjudicate and the extent to which these can instead to inspire local justice responses or contribute to the reinvigoration of national justice systems affected by armed conflict or suffering from other systemic weaknesses.

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.

Freedom of Expression & Media Regulation in the UK & Europe: This tutorial will explore the values and meaning of freedom of expression in all of its forms including political, religious, artistic and commercial.  The tutorial will also examine case studies regarding both defamation and privacy.  In addition, it will look at areas where freedom of expression is in conflict or competition with other values such as national security, journalists’ privilege, fair trial and open justice and hate speech and other offensive material.  Finally, it will examine broadcasting regulation in both the U.K. and the Europe.

Professor Catherine MacKenzie is a fellow at Selwyn College at Cambridge University, a Cambridge University lecturer in law and member of the Faculty of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Oxford University and her PhD in law as a Commonwealth Scholar at Australian National University. Her scholarly interests focus on international law.

Public International Law: This tutorial explores the history, sources and development of international law. It commences by exploring the nature and sources of international law. It then discusses the role of treaties, states, individuals and organizations (e.g. UN), explores state responsibility, collective security and the use of force, and concludes by identifying emerging trends in international law.

International Environmental Law: This tutorial considers how international law may be used to enhance environmental protection. It discusses the history, development, sources and principles of international environmental law and reviews the role of the UN and other international organizations in the context of international environmental law-making. Next it explores the creation, implementation and effectiveness of international law in selected areas of environmental activity (including atmospheric protection, climate change, biodiversity, hazardous waste, nuclear energy). Finally, it analyses the resolution of international environmental disputes (including international responsibility, the role of international courts and tribunals and the quantification of environmental harm).

Professor Stephen Shute became Head of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex in October 2009. Before moving to Sussex he spent 15 years at the University of Birmingham where he served as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor.  He was also a  Fellow and Tutor in Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.  Professor Shute’s scholarship, which focuses on criminal law and criminal justice, has been referred to in many academic books and articles. He has also appeared frequently on television and on radio to talk about his work.

Comparative Criminal Law
Criminal Justice

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: The course will explore similarities and differences between the law of real property in England and that of the U.S. 
Comparative Tort Law: This course will explore similarities and differences between the tort law of England and that of the U.S.

Professor Reuven 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 (University of London); Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute; Frequent contributor to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog.

International Humanitarian Law
International Refugee Law

Professor Bettina Lange is a University Lecturer in Law and Regulation at the University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She was a Jean-Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy from September 2004 to January 2005. She is a member of the academic advisory panel of the Centre for Environmental Law set up by Landmark Chambers.

Environmental Law

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and it is applied to the tuition charge

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information

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)


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 not only gardens, pastoral walks along the river, but also lawn and hard court tennis venues. 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. Some 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 and towels are provided. 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.

2014 Housing Fee Charges (2015 rates to be confirmed in March)
Single, standard rooms: $2,634 (U.S.), includes breakfast and lunch daily, Monday – Friday
Doubles are available for students who bring partners only.  A limited number of superior rooms with en suite bathrooms may be available. The charge for such rooms varies. Information on availability and price will be supplied on inquiry.

Included in the lodging, at no additional charge, are breakfast and lunch, Monday – Friday. These meals are 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.

Exploring The Area

OxfordOne 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 or an afternoon cycle 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 at 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.

Travel Information

ACE Insurance/Europ Assistance Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information
Traveling with Disabilities in the UK
Additional Information About Traveling With Disabilities


Summer 2014 Student Evaluation: Overall Courses:  5.0 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

“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 Directors: Professor Gary Neustadter and Professor Patty Rauch
Director of Summer Programs: Vinita Bali
Program Manager: Monica Davis

Enrollment Limit: 38