Summer Abroad

Picture of students participating in Southwestern's Summer Abroad program in London, UK.

 

For law students looking for a deeper global perspective, Southwestern offers a study abroad program in London.

  • Brochure (PDF)
  • Application (PDF)
  • Consortium Agreement (PDF)

Southwestern Law School, under the auspices of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, will host a five-week Summer Program in International Entertainment and Media Law at the University of Law from June 11 to July 13, 2018.  Full 2018 Summer Program information will be posted once available.

This unique and exciting program will offer a variety of academic, cultural and social experiences through:

  • Courses on international entertainment, media, art, music and sports law
  • Instruction provided by U.S. and British faculty with extensive international experience
  • Guest lecturers on course-related topics
  • Field excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice, and other legal, entertainment, media and cultural institutions in London
  1. About the University of London

    The University of London, the site of the program, is one of the oldest and largest universities in the United Kingdom. It is a "federation" of 19 separate colleges, plus many specialized Institutes, and several residence halls. The campus is centrally located on four of London's major underground lines, and provides a gateway to the many attractions of the city, as well as easy access to other major European cities by plane or train.

    All of Southwestern's courses will be taught in the Brunei Gallery, which is a comfortable, modern building located on the University of London campus in the heart of central London, across the street from the northwest corner of Russell Square in the Bloomsbury district, just one block north of the British Museum.

    Housing with private showers and toilets, and daily breakfast, has been arranged for all students in College Hall, a University of London residence hall located across the street from campus, less than a two-minute walk from classes.

    The program will take advantage of its London location with organized visits to some of the city's entertainment, media and cultural institutions and law firms as well as guest lectures by leading practitioners. With classes meeting four days a week, students also will have ample opportunity to explore London and other European cities on their own.

    Picture of sign outside of Russell Square, just outside of University of London.
    Russell Square Park, adjacent to the University of London's Brunei Gallery

     

  2. Course Schedule and Calendar

    Course Schedule

    Students may enroll in two of the following courses (one in each time period). Each course is three units.

    Period One

    International Entertainment Law
    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., M-Th

    International Art Law
    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., M-Th

    Period Two

    Comparative Media Law
    11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., M-Th

    Negotiating and Drafting International Entertainment Contracts
    11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m, M-Th

    Exam Schedule

    International Entertainment Law

    Thursday, July 13

    International Art Law

    Thursday, July 13

    Comparative Media Law

    Friday, July 14

    Negotiating and Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

    Friday, July 14

    Calendar

    Saturday, June 10

    Students check into College Hall

    Sunday, June 11

    Mandatory Orientation; Lunch and Thames Cruise (includes academic component)

    Monday, June 12

    Classes begin

    Wednesday, July 12

    Last day of classes

    Thursday, July 13

    Final exams in Entertainment Law, Music Law and Art Law

    Friday, July 14

    Final exams in Media Law, Sports Law, and Drafting Contracts courses; Farewell dinner party

    Sunday, July 16

    Last day to vacate College Hall

     

  3. Admissions, Fees and Deadlines

    Admission and Course Credit

    Southwestern is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The ABA has approved the International Entertainment and Media Law Summer Program in London. Most applicants must be students in good standing at an American or Canadian law school. Applicants with sufficient English proficiency from law schools in European Union and other countries will also be considered for admission. Prior to the start of the summer program, each student must have completed the first year of law study and must submit a transcript and a letter of good standing from his/her home institution. If applications are received from more students than the program can accommodate, the academic performance of applicants (as shown by their transcripts) may be considered in deciding which applicant will be accepted.

    Students may register for two courses, for a maximum total of six semester units of credit. Any requests for class change must be made in writing to the Biederman Institute. Each professor will administer a written final exam and assign grades. Grades will conform to Southwestern's grading policies. Southwestern utilizes an alpha grading system in which the actual grade earned is represented by an alphabetical letter. Grades range from A+ (4.33) to F (0.00). No unit credit will be granted if the grade received is an F. Additional information can be found in  Southwestern's Student Handbook, which will be sent to all applicants and is also available upon written request. Students are advised to consult their home institution policies concerning the transfer of credit for coursework.

    Southwestern will send a transcript to the student's home institution following completion of the program and final payment of all tuition and fees. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to determination by the student's home institution. Students should be aware that participation in a summer program is unlikely to accelerate their graduation date; students interested in acceleration should consult their home institution.

    NOTE: Acceptances to the program will be offered to applicants on a rolling basis, beginning February

    1. Applications will be accepted until maximum enrollment is reached. Enrollment in each course is limited due to classroom size, so early application is strongly encouraged.

    A reservation fee of $950 will be due immediately after acceptance. Until the reservation fee is received, the student's spot in the program will not be reserved and may be offered to another applicant.

    Fees

    Application Fee
    (non-refundable, applied toward tuition)

    $250

    Reservation Fee
    (non-refundable, applied toward tuition)

    $750*

    Tuition

    $5,925

    Housing and Materials
    (includes housing, breakfast, books and materials, London-area excursions, orientation lunch and final dinner party

    $2,825

    Total

    $8,750

    Deadlines

    Confirmation notice and enrollment agreement

    Mid-April

    Payment in full or financial aid confirmation

    May 1

     

  4. Travel and Living Accommodations

    Students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from London. Housing has been arranged at the University of London's College Hall and will be provided for program participants from Saturday afternoon, June 19, to Sunday morning, July 22. All rooms are single occupancy. No pets or smoking is allowed in the building.

    Housing includes breakfast. There is a cafeteria in College Hall where students may purchase meals, if they choose to do so. There are no cooking facilities available to students in College Hall. But both College Hall and the Brunei Gallery (where classes will be taught) are in the University of London/Russell Square/Bloomsbury District of London, where a wide variety of eating establishments are located.

    State Department Travel Information

    for information about traveling to and within the United Kingdom, visit the United States Department of State website for information about traveling to and within the United Kingdom. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for the country(ies) in which the program will be conducted, all registrants will be notified promptly of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for the country(ies) in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly of the warning and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.  In the event that students withdraw from the program as permitted in these criteria during the course of the program, or if the program is terminated, students will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.

  5. Liability and Insurance

    Southwestern will not be responsible for personal injuries to students, medical conditions, or for loss or damage to personal property within or in transit to London. Southwestern requires students to obtain health insurance that covers or reimburses for health care abroad, and requires the plan to cover medical evacuation and repatriation.

  6. Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Cancellation Policy

    Southwestern reserves the right to change or cancel the London Summer Program at any time prior to May 1. Southwestern also reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation of the program or any course at a later date will occur only if necessary for reasons beyond Southwestern's control. For cancellation that occurs after a deposit has been paid, the program director will use his best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires, and all money advanced by the student shall be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation. Students who have paid a deposit or registered for the program also have the opportunity to withdraw from the program if there are changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program and receive a refund of fees paid except for room and board payments, with the exception of room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal. In the event of cancellation, students will immediately be notified by email, phone and U.S. mail. This program has not been cancelled in prior years.

    Tuition Refund Policy

    Students who withdraw from the program or request a class change must notify the Director of the London Summer Program in writing as early as possible. Students who withdraw before the first day of the summer program may receive a 100% credit of charged tuition, with the exception of the $500 non-refundable registration deposit. Thereafter, refund for tuition is prorated on a daily basis. After 60% of the program is completed, there is no refund. Program housing fees will not be refunded after May 1.

    Students who withdraw from the program prior to the commencement of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or the cancellation of the program, including cancellation because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded all monies advanced within twenty (20) days after the cancellation or withdrawal.

    Students who withdraw from the program during the course of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or termination of the program, including termination because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.