Courses Offered in London

London Courses

Selected Topics in Health Law – Professor Christine Coughlin

This course presupposes no specific legal, medical, or scientific knowledge and has no prerequisite.  The course will introduce selected topics in the area of health law in a comparative manner that will complement other health law courses taught at the law school.  The course will also satisfy the requirement for LAWR III or may be used to satisfy LAWR IV. As such, there will be no final exam. Instead, the course will require a couple of short drafting or critiquing assignments prepared in London and a final paper due in late August or early September.  The final paper will be a scholarly paper exploring a pre-approved health law topic. The student will, of course, receive guidance in drafting the paper.

This course will explore health care practices and systems in both developed and developing countries.  For the developed countries, we will examine different types of health care systems and how they compare to the U.S. with respect to their structure, research and development of new drugs and biologics, public health systems, and overall effectiveness.  For developing countries, we will look at the devastating effect of poverty on health, as well as how clinical research trials that originate in developed nations may exploit third-world populations. The students will have a few short drafting or critiquing assignments during the course, and a final paper.

History of the Common Law - Professor Christine Coughlin

This course will explore the rich legal heritage of England and the United Kingdom, including the origins of the common law and the creation of the modern court system. Students will trace the roots of the common law tradition, learn about the institutional development of the English system of justice, and examine the role that English common law played in the development of colonial American law.  We will take advantage of our presence in London to visit important structures and documents in the development of English common law.  Field trips are being planned to the British Library (to visit an original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta), Central Criminal Court (also known as Old Bailey), the Royal Courts of Justice, and Westminster Abbey (the perfect location to discuss the relationship between ecclesiastical law and the common law).  Students will be evaluated based on short writing assignments and participation.  No prerequisite is required.

Wake Forest Law Students: Please note that both of these courses will be offered for Honors Pass/Fail and will count toward the pass/fail allowance given to JD students per the rules in the Student Handbook.

Non-Wake Forest students should confirm that credit for these courses is accepted in their home law school. Grades for non-Wake Forest students will be only on a Pass/Fail basis (with a “C” being the minimum grade to earn a passing grade.)