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Courses Offered in London

London 2014 Courses

Transnational Civil Litigation (3 hours), taught by Professor Zoe Niesel
The increasing ease of conducting business across national borders means that the practice of law and the resolution of private disputes are more globalized than ever before. To explore this development, students will adopt an international perspective to civil litigation by assessing the procedural decisions and strategies that accompany cross-border disputes. Students will dive headfirst into private international law by participating in structured, interactive workshop exercises that will call on them to analyze and make tactical decisions about jurisdiction, service of process, enforcement of judgments, and discovery in the context of a fictional cross-border commercial dispute. Further, students will visit a variety of legal institutions, including the Royal Courts of Justice, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the Inner Temple, to enrich discussions about the United Kingdom’s approach to civil litigation and how it compares to the approaches taken by the United States and European Union.

History of the English Common Law (2 hours), taught by Professor Zoe Niesel
In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta on June 15, 2015, this course will explore the rich legal heritage of 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 and the institutional development of the English system of justice by participating in London’s city-wide celebration of the Magna Carta, touring the Old Bailey, and taking in a guest lecture at Oxford or Cambridge. Students will also delve into the structure of the United Kingdom’s court system and the workings of the parliamentary system by visiting with members of the judiciary and participating in a guided tour of Parliament. Finally, students will be asked to think about legal trends by discussing current events and meeting with members of the local bar.

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.)