London Summer Program 2015: Quick Summary
Dates: May 25, 2015 – June 15, 2015 (Final exams for the program will be distributed June 15, 2015, and information on when and how to submit the final exams will be available later. Students must plan to be in London until the late afternoon on June 15, 2015.)
Location: Courses will be held at the University of Law (14 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London)
Faculty/Program Director: Professor Lloyd Bonfield, Director, Center for International Law
Main contact for all questions: Michael Rhee, Associate Director, Center for International Law, at 212.431.2865 or Michael.Rhee@nyls.edu or send correspondence to:
New York Law School
Attn: Michael Rhee
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Students will enroll in 2 courses and earn a total of 4 credits (for letter grades only) over the summer. (None of these classes have prerequisites.) The following courses will be offered in 2015. Detailed course descriptions are found further below.
- International Business Law
- International Corporate and Financial Services Law (Students enrolled in this course will be eligible to apply for a limited number of volunteer externships — in the area of corporate and financial services law — which will take place in New York directly following the London program. Students who receive an externship must enroll in a free 2-credit summer externship course.)
- International Intellectual Property
- Free One-Day Personal Impact Training: We have arranged a free session (on June 4, 2015) where tutors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art will teach students the physical and vocal presence skills needed to help them be effective in their work and in the courtroom.
Good Academic Standing
If your GPA is close to a 2.10, you should think very, very carefully about whether you want to attend the London program. Also, NYLS students placed into the Comprehensive Curriculum Program (CCP) should meet with an academic counselor in the Office of Academic Planning, Programming and Advising before applying to the London program to ensure they will be able to satisfy all of the CCP requirements.
Anticipated Cost of Program
The figures below are only an estimate. The actual costs will vary depending on the needs of individual students. Expenses in London will be incurred in pound sterling. For information on currency conversions, please click here.
- Tuition (which includes the cost of books, materials, and a nonrefundable $500 deposit, which will be credited to your summer tuition): $5,450. Students who get an externship in New York following the London program must enroll in a free 2-credit summer externship course.
- Airfare: $1,000 (Students must arrange their own travel plans, and, if necessary, visa arrangements. We will NOT travel in a group.)
- Room for 24 nights @ $100 per night: $2,400
- Meals for 24 days @ $45 per day: $1,080
- Miscellaneous travel for 24 days @ $6 per day: $144
- Approximate Total: $10,074
If you need financial aid to attend the London summer program, an online financial aid form is available here. If that link does not work, please visit the NYLS Portal. Then go to Student Resources < Financial Aid & Scholarships < Forms and Information < Summer 2015 Loan Request Application. Please submit the form to the Financial Aid office by 5:00 pm on April 29, 2015.
- In the section “Have you registered for classes?” please click Yes.
- In the section “Number of credits registered,” type “4.” Even if you will have an externship through the London program and will also receive credit for that externship, you must still type “4.”
In the past three years, enrollment in the program has ranged from 20-35 students. This summer, we anticipate that 30 students will participate in the program. This program is open to all New York Law School students in good standing as well as to students in good standing at other ABA-accredited* law schools and equivalent law schools abroad. Last year, 21 students from New York Law School and three students from other ABA-approved law schools had participated in the London summer program.
- Click HERE for the PDF application. (When you fill out this application, please use Adobe Acrobat. DO NOT USE ANY APPLE-BASED PROGRAMS.)
- After filling out the application, please: (a) mail it to New York Law School, Center for International Law, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013, or (b) submit your application in person to the Center for International Law in E-904, or (c) e-mail your application to Michael.Rhee@nyls.edu.
- Please remember to include a $500 deposit (payable to “New York Law School” by check or money order only).
- If you have questions, please contact Michael Rhee, Associate Director, Center for International Law, 212.431.2865 or send a message to Michael.Rhee@nyls.edu
- Deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Information About The University of Law
Courses will be held at The University of Law (14 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London), but will be taught by NYLS faculty. Our classroom will have: plenty of comfortable chairs, each with a folding desktop component which students can use to take notes; adjustable interior lighting; walls with excellent soundproofing; and a temperature-controlled environment.
- Click here for more information on the University of Law.
- Click here for a map and directions to campus.
The University of Law’s Bloomsbury’s location is very accessible, with numerous tube, rail, and bus routes nearby. Nearest underground stations include: Goodge Street (Northern Line); Tottenham Court Road(Central/Northern Line); Russell Square (Piccadilly Line); Warren Street (Victoria/Northern Line); Euston Square (Hammersmith & City/Circle/Metropolitan Line); Euston (Victoria/Northern Line); and Holborn(Central/Picadilly Line).
Access to timetables and routes are available from the Transport for London (TFL) Web site: www.tfl.gov.uk
Classrooms can be accessed by elevator or stairs. They are NOT equipped with individual power sources for students. If you wish to use your laptop in class, make sure to fully charge it before class. A large computer lab is available to students free of charge, and wireless Internet is available throughout most areas of the building.
Students will also have access to the Store Street building Library, which spans four floors. The main entrance to the Library is located on the second floor. The Library staff will be happy to assist students who may have questions.
Description of Courses
None of the courses below have a prerequisite or a limit on enrollment.
International Corporate and Financial Services Law (2 credits)
Professor Jeffrey Haas and Professor Houman Shadab
This course will examine both securities regulation and corporate governance from a comparative law perspective. The first half of the course will focus on the securities law regime of the United States and that of various European countries, particularly the United Kingdom. Emphasis will be placed on public and private offerings of securities and the regulation of takeover activity. The second half of the course will focus on listed and OTC derivatives products, how they are regulated by U.S., U.K. and European regulators, and how the recent Dodd-Frank Act, and recent regulations, have dramatically changed the regulatory landscape. Enrollment in this course is mandatory for students interested in an externship in New York following the end of the London program. Students who receive an externship must enroll in a free 2-credit summer externship course.
International Intellectual Property (2 credits)
Professor Michael Blakeney
This course will survey the principal international intellectual property legal regimes and the implementation of international intellectual property obligations within domestic law. The course will touch on issues such as jurisdiction, national treatment, choice of law, and enforcement of foreign judgments as these issues relate to intellectual property disputes. Finally, the course will examine selected policy issues in the area of international intellectual property, such as enforcement of intellectual property rights in less developed countries, harmonization alternatives, access to knowledge/access to medicines, human rights, sustainable development, cultural rights, and the protection of traditional knowledge.
International Business Law (2 credits)
Professor Lloyd Bonfield
This course covers international sales of goods and services; cross-border transfers of intellectual property; foreign direct investment; and international settlement of disputes. Topics relating to sales of goods and services include documentary and standby letters of credit, bills of lading, and distributorship and franchising agreements. Topics related to intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, know-how) are viewed from the perspectives of industrialized and developing countries, and antitrust policy. Topics relating to foreign direct investment include not only types of establishments but also privatizations, project finance, exchange controls, labor relations, and multilateral institutions. Topics relating to dispute settlement include arbitration, extraterritorial jurisdiction, and the enforcement of foreign judgments.
Classes will be held on May 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29, and then on June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 15. We will have a four-day weekend on June 4, 5, 6, and 7.
The time for each course is as follows but may change before the start of the program:
- 9:45 am–11:25 am: International Corporate and Financial Services Law
- 12:00 pm–1:40 pm: International Intellectual Property
- 2:00 pm–3:40 pm: International Business Law
Final Examinations and grading method
New York Law School uses an “A+ – F” grading system. (Pass-fail is not an option.) Students will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their performance on a final examination for each course.
Final exams will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015. Students must take their exams on the appointed date and time. Information on when and how to submit the final exams will be available later. Students should plan to be in London until the late afternoon/early evening on June 15, 2015.
- The London summer program is open to all New York Law School students in good standing as well as to students in good standing at other ABA-accredited* law schools and equivalent law schools abroad.
- NYLS Students: Students will receive letter grades, and the Law School will apply the 4 credits earned in London to the 86 credits needed for graduation. In addition, the grades earned in London will be averaged into students’ New York Law School grades to calculate cumulative grade-point averages. However, New York Law School students will not receive residence credits for attending this program. Therefore, participation in this program may not be used to accelerate New York Law School students’ date of graduation.
- Non-NYLS students: Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in this program, including internships, is subject to determination by the student’s home school. As such, any non-NYLS student participating in the program should contact the proper authority at his or her home school to ascertain if grades and/or credits will transfer. Non-NYLS students should also check with their registrar’s office to determine how the program fits into residency requirements. It is unlikely that participation in this summer program will accelerate one’s date of graduation.
- New York Law School’s usual academic requirements apply for the award of credit. New York Law School uses an “A+ – F” grading system. Pass-fail is not an option. Each class will have one open-book exam, either take-home or in-class, to evaluate students’ performance. Courses may not be audited.
- Students must make their own travel arrangements to London. (Students who want to travel to continental Europe will also have to make their own travel arrangements.) Passports are required for travel to London and are the responsibility of each student. Contact the nearest State Department Office for further information.
- Students who are U.S. citizens most likely won’t need a visa to enter the United Kingdom for the London program. But if the United Kingdom had, in the past, denied you entry into the country or had deported you (among other situations), you may need to apply for a visa. Click here for more information.
- If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, please contact the nearest British consulate to see if you will need a visa to enter the United Kingdom.
- Below are links to the U.S. State Department’s Travel Advisories for citizens traveling abroad to the U.K. and France. Students should read in full the information provided in the links. Students should also look at the advisories for other countries they intend to visit over the summer.
- United Kingdom: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1052.html
- France: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1116.html
Accommodation for Disabilities
New York Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. However, not all public buildings in the U.K. are handicap accessible.
Students who need accommodations for disabilities while in London must contact Sally Harding, Senior Director of Student Life. Ms. Harding can be reached at Sally.Harding@nyls.edu. We will provide accommodations for students with disabilities including physical, psychological, and learning disabilities. Students are responsible for identifying themselves to Ms. Harding in sufficient time to allow for receipt of proper documentation and coordination of services.
Cancellation and Refund Policies
New York Law School reserves the right to alter or cancel this program.
If changes are made in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program, we will contact all students and provide an opportunity for students to withdraw and receive a full refund of their deposits.
Cancellation would occur in the event of program under-enrollment by April 1, 2015, or unforeseen international events that could substantially inhibit program operations or seriously compromise student safety. New York Law School has never had to cancel its program since its commencement in 2010.
In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled before its commencement, New York Law School will contact all students by e-mail and then make every effort to place the students who had paid a deposit into a similar program (if they so desire) or return all monies collected within 20 days.
If students withdraw because of a significant change in the program or because of State Department travel warnings/alerts prior to its commencement, students will receive a full refund of all monies advanced within 20 days after the cancellation or withdrawal.
If students withdraw because of a significant change in the program or because of State Department travel warnings/alerts during the course of the program, students will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.
Professor Lloyd Bonfield is the on-site faculty director for the London Program. He will have an office in the 14 Store Street Building.
Sightseeing in London
For general information on sightseeing and current happenings throughout London, click on the links below:
- Fodor’s Smart Tips for London: www.fodors.com/world/europe/england/london/
- TimeOut: www.timeout.com/london
- London & Partners: www.londonandpartners.com/
- UK Guide: www.ukguide.org
- Travel Britain: www.travelbritain.com
- London Town: www.londontown.com
- Britannia: www.britannia.com
- All in London: www.allinlondon.co.uk
Guidelines for non-NYLS summer abroad programs
- New York Law School permits students in good academic standing to take courses and earn academic credits only through American Bar Association-approved** summer abroad programs.
- For a list of ABA-approved study abroad programs, please click here.
- For non-NYLS summer abroad programs, students must obtain permission from the Office of Academic Affairs (5th Floor of the “C” building) before attending such a program. All courses must also be approved in advance. Please visit the Office of Academic Affairs to fill out a permission form. That office has also posted a list of frequently asked questions concerning study abroad.
- New York Law School will transfer up to six credits from a summer abroad program and apply them towards the 86 credits needed for graduation, provided that the grade received was a “C” or higher. Students will receive only credit for non-NYLS summer abroad programs. (New York Law School does not accept or transfer the actual letter grades for non-NYLS summer abroad programs.)
- Please note that credit will be given for only one summer abroad program. Furthermore, students should be aware that, generally, residence credit will not be awarded for a summer abroad program and, therefore, students may not use such programs to accelerate their date of graduation. (Resident credit is awarded only for those programs in which the in-class component of the program is at least eight weeks long.)
**Independent Study Abroad (as part of a non-ABA program)
New York Law School recognizes that study at a foreign law school, which is not approved by the ABA, can add significantly to a student’s understanding of international and comparative law. The goal of such study shall include enhancing a student’s knowledge of different legal systems, preparing a student for practice in a global environment, and strengthening a student’s overall legal education. In order to receive credit for an independent study abroad as part of a non-ABA program, a student must meet and obtain prior permission from the Office of Academic Affairs.
* Office of the Consultant on Legal Education /
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654