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United Kingdom

Historical Roots of the Anglo-American Legal Tradition

Term To Study: Summer 2019
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2018
Program Starts: May 15, 2019
Program Ends: May 30, 2019
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $4,225
Program Locations: London
Contact Phone: (757) 594-0100
Contact Name: Dr. Charlotte Cartwright
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What is Included: Airfare, accommodation, group activities, ground transportation, international health insurance, and some meals.
What is not Included: Tuition (3 credits), travel insurance, most meals, and personal expenses.
Estimated Costs: 3 credits of CNU tuition
(in addition to the program fee)
In-State: $1,284
Out of State: $2,841
Program Description

AMST 395 or HIST 359 (No Prerequisite)

As common law systems, the American and English legal systems share distinctive features and a complex history that explain much of how they both operate today. This class approaches the history of the Anglo-American legal tradition as a subject of historical study and as a key to understanding the common law legal system. Studying in London, students will enmesh themselves in the history, politics, and law that gave rise to the often similar (and sometimes divergent) practices in contemporary common law nations. The London location provides superlative opportunities to enrich and intertwine the study of history and law, and the class will visit the political sites integral to development of the English judiciary, courts from medieval and contemporary periods, medieval legal archives, and the Inns of Court where English attorneys finish their training. Readings and lectures will flesh out the distinctive features of the common law system—most notably the use of precedent, juries, and a distinctive method of reasoning—that arose in the context of these historical sites and continues to develop today.

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Capital: London
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