June 23 - August 2
(Oxford Tutorial Method)
Directors: Professors Robert W. Peterson and Jost J. Baum
Oxford University and its colleges constitute one of the most impressive and beautiful academic settings in the world. A refuge for scholars for centuries, Oxford is an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
The Oxford program, which is now in its 19th year, is devoted primarily to the tutorial method. All tutorial teaching is done by highly qualified current or former faculty from the Oxford colleges.
The tutorial method, which was conceived at Oxford, is a rigorous, individualized method of teaching. Rather than attending lectures, each week the student meets individually with her or his professor for at least an hour. During this time, the student reads an essay he or she has prepared that week on a topic drawn from the week's reading assignment. The professor and student critically discuss the essay and other related topics arising from the reading. Another reading list and essay topic are then assigned for the following week's tutorial session.
While economics has compelled even some Oxford colleges to dilute the tutorial experience by permitting professors to take two or more students together in a single tutorial session, we conduct all tutorials in the traditional manner on a one-to-one basis. (Occasionally a professor may, for pedagogical reasons, prefer to meet students in pairs; in such a case there will be two meetings during the week or one meeting of two hours.) The tutorial method ensures rigorous preparation and individual attention, while tailoring the discussion to be most helpful and interesting to each student.
Each tutorial course is 3 semester units. It lasts six weeks and will include six essays and six tutorials. Preparation for a tutorial is intense, so students may enroll for only one tutorial course. The student's grade is based on the quality of the essays and the discussion during the tutorials.
Because of the intensity of tutorials, a student enrolled for a 3-semester-unit tutorial course is considered a full-time student. The student, therefore, receives six weeks of full-time residency credit.
In addition to a 3-unit tutorial course, a student may also enroll for an additional 2-semester-unit lecture course. These lecture courses are offered through a consortium arrangement with Florida State University, which has a lecture program at Oxford. These courses are taught in the traditional American law school manner, and the grade is based on an examination at the end of the course. The lectures begin June 26, and the examination period ends on July 31.
Gray's Inn, one of the four London Inns of Court to which all English barristers must belong, has agreed to hold a moot court in which two SCU students will argue against two Gray's Inn students or young barristers. The moot will be held following dinner in the Gray's Inn Hall in London, and English judges and distinguished barristers will preside.
The moot is a unique and exciting opportunity to fully steep oneself in the traditional legal culture of England. As part of the preparation for the argument, the two students chosen will attend dinner at Gray's Inn and observe a moot among Gray's Inn students. At a subsequent dinner, our students will present their argument before the Inn.
Since this opportunity is limited to only two students, those interested should apply to the director. The applicant must include references attesting to her or his potential as an oral advocate. A faculty member who has firsthand knowledge of the applicant's performance in first-year moot court would be most helpful.
The moot court is 1 semester unit of credit. It is offered credit/no credit only.
OXFORD AND ENVIRONS
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, which houses the Santa Clara program, 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 ³Shadowlands" is a recent example). Though located near the center of town, Magdalen offers true respite and grandeur to students and faculty alike.
Many historical sites are easily accessible from the college thanks to excellent bus and rail service. 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 from Oxford by train and only 90 minutes by bus. Oxford and London offer students a cornucopia of opportunities for discovery and entertainment.
CURRICULUM AND FACULTY
The following 3-semester-unit tutorial courses will be offered. Oxford college membership of the faculty is indicated in parentheses.
- Jurisprudence - Two sections: Peter Mirfield (Jesus) and Stephen Shute (University of Birmingham, former fellow of Corpus Christi).
- Legal History - Dr. David lbbetson (Magdalen).
- Roman Law - Dr. David lbbetson (Magdalen). This course may be taken with or without a reading knowledge of Latin.
- Comparative Civil Rights - Bernadette Lynch (University of Birmingham, former fellow of Somerville).
- Comparative Tort Law - Roger Smith (Magdalen).
- Comparative Property - Roger Smith (Magdalen).
- European Economic Community Law - Paul Craig (Worcester), John Davies (Brasenose), Bernadette Lynch (University of Birmingham, former fellow of Somerville).
- Public International Law - Dr. Chaloka Beyani (Research Fellow, Wolfson College).
- Comparative CriminaI Justice - Stephen Shute (University of Birmingham, former fellow of Corpus Christi).
- Comparative Family Law - John Davies (Brasenose).
- Law of the Sea - Dr. Chaloka Beyani (Research Fellow, Wolfson College).
- International Human Rights - Dr. Chaloka Beyani (Research Fellow, Wolfson College).
- Comparative Criminal Procedure - Dr. Katharine Grevling (Magdalen).
- Comparative Legal Systems (European Civil and English Common Law Systems) - Professor Denis Galligan (Director, Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College).
In conjunction with 3-semester-unit tutorial courses, the following 2-semester-unit lecture courses will be offered in the Oxford program. Oxford college membership is indicated in parentheses.
- Restitution - Peter B.H. Birks (All Souls).
- English Legal History - Jeffrey Hackney (Wadham).
- Comparative Criminal Procedure - Peter Mirfield (Jesus).
We will also offer a 1-semester-unit moot court with Gray's Inn. See the description on Previously.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FEES
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 several sporting facilities, including a club house, cricket pitch, squash courts, and both lawn and asphalt tennis courts.
The standard of rooms varies considerably with the age of the building. Some rooms are within the college compound, while others maybe in Magdalen's facilities near the college. While the rooms may vary in size and quality, all are the same price. Should the rooms vary substantially in quality, the director will attempt to allocate the better rooms to those who enrolled earliest. In addition, the college reserves the right to change rooms during the program.
Some washing facilities are communal, but no bedrooms are shared. Sharing of rooms, except by married couples who have requested a double, is not allowed. Bed linen and towels are provided. Adapters are required for electric razors. Children may not live in the college.
Students may begin residence in Magdalen College on Sunday, June 23, and must leave on or before Friday, Aug. 2, unless special arrangements are made.
For those reserving lodgings in Magdalen College, the full fee of $1,144 single or $1,698 double is due and payable to Santa Clara University by April 1, 1996. In addition, there is a Y,20 key deposit to cover keys that are lost or not returned to the college. The director will collect the key deposit on behalf of Magdalen.
England is more expensive than the United States. Meals and incidentals that cost $1 in the United States will likely cost El in England. Check your newspaper business section for the current exchange rate.
The lodging fee is a flat rate based on the full six weeks of the program. No refunds are given for any periods of absence from the college. The fee includes breakfast, which is served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday in the medieval dining hall (circa 1458).
Students are also free to make accommodation arrangements on their own, but those wishing Magdalen lodging should notify Santa Clara University. All reservations at Magdalen will be made through Santa Clara. Students will be responsible for full payment of the lodging fees unless notice of cancellation is received by May 15.