Academic Program

2017 Academic Program

Classes and related instructional activities occur five days a week, Monday to Friday. All courses are mandatory for all program participants. All courses are graded on a conventional letter-grade range; and. other than the Supervised Research Tutorial, all courses are evaluated by an end-of-semester final exam. Finally, classes are held at St Anne’s College, Oxford University, and the UGA Law faculty member in residence has an office there as well.

The following courses will be offered in the 2017 spring semester:


Comparative Constitutional Law (3 credits)
taught by Georgia Law Professor Nathan Chapman

The course will begin by surveying the historical and philosophical origins of constitutionalism, with a special emphasis on the development of the liberal constitutional tradition associated with Magna Charta, the English Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man. The bulk of the course will explore the different structures, procedures, and rights provisions in a variety of contemporary constitutional systems (including treaty-based systems such as the European Union). A special concern will be legitimacy and methods of constitutional change.


The History of the Common Law (4 credits)
taught by Georgia Law Professor Nathan Chapman

Using the excellent textbook by Langbein, Lettow Lerner, and Smith, this course will survey the development of the common law, courts, and legal profession in England and the United States. We will give special emphasis to the ways that the common law and legal practice have diverged in England and American in the past 200 years. The course will conclude by comparing how the practice of law is structured and regulated in both countries today.


EU Economic Law (2 credits)
taught by Oxford Law Professor Stefan Enchelmaier

This course will examine the economic components of European Union Law.


Supervised Research Tutorial (3 credits)
taught by Oxford Law Professors 

This course is modeled on the format of the justly renowned Oxford tutorial. Each tutor will meet periodically with a small number of students. Meetings will be devoted to planning or revising the students' individual research papers, to be completed by the end of the semester. Law students will participate in groups of three or four with their individual tutors (professors). Tutorial topics will vary depending on the interestes and availability of our Oxford-based faculty, but students will have an opportunitiy to express their preferences regarding tutorial assignments.