Summer Program

Consortium for Innovative Legal Education

londonLondon, England

Summer Program 2012
BPP Law School

Session 1 - June 19 – 29, 2012
Session 2 - July 2 – July 13, 2012

International Business Transactions • Comparative Criminal Law and Practice • Comparative Negotiation and Dispute Resolution • Comparative Property Rights

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Summer Courses 2012


This summer, immerse yourself in issues of critical global importance in one of the world’s leading centers of business, trade, government, and research.

Taking its cues from William Mitchell College of Law’s practical brand of legal education, Mitchell in London offers students the opportunity to study legal theory and hone their lawyering skills at BPP Law School, Europe’s leading provider of professional education.  There are no prerequisites other than having finished at least one year of law school (full or part-time) and being in good standing.

xceptional Courses
June 19 – 29, 2012
Session I – International Business Transactions: Doing Deals Across the Atlantic

Explore the issues that clients face in doing business in today’s global economy.  The faculty are experts in international business law and facilitate class discussion and group exercises on how to represent businesses in cross-border deals.  Issues include board-shareholder governance, management misconduct, shareholder litigation, as well as ethical and commercial issues arising in transactional practice.  Students experience negotiating and drafting business agreements with Associate Professor Gregory Duhl, William Mitchell College of Law, and Adjunct Professor Jim Hilbert, William Mitchell College of Law.  3 credits.


Session I - Comparative Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure: The Crime, The Confession, The Courtroom

Experienced U.S. and British faculty guide students as they follow a criminal case from the police investigation through a jury trial.  Using a real-life problem, students will compare and contrast U.S. and British criminal law, procedure, and practice.  Students will analyze the origins of criminal law, including specific crimes, scrutinize police practices, including search and seizure, arrests, and confessions, and explore criminal trial practice, including direct and cross-examination with William Mitchell College of Law Professor John Sonsteng and Houston College of Law Professor Sandra Carnahan. 3 credits.

July 2 – 13, 2012
Session II – Comparative Negotiation and Dispute Resolution: Tackling Cross Cultural Disputes

This skills-based course emphasizes how legal problems may be prevented or resolved in cross-cultural contexts.  Students examine and compare the basic dispute resolution frameworks of the U.S. and England, including an introduction to the principles of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and traditional civil court adjudication.  Through a number of in-class exercises, students learn to identify, understand, and adapt successfully to cross-cultural differences in communication, understanding of power, and human relationships with Professor Tom Barton, California Western School of Law.  3 credits.


Session II – Comparative Property Rights

This course examines how property rights are allocated, protected and limited under different legal and economic systems.  The course is divided into four units:  (1) capitalist, socialist and communist property rights compared; (2) colonial and indigenous property rights systems; (3) comparative constitutional protections for property rights; and (4) comparative restitution of property rights.  We ask what implications regarding competing societal values and interests can be drawn from different property rights systems, and examine the role of law in shaping and giving expression to those values and interests.  The course will, to the extent possible, make use of the local setting to give life to these issues.  Students should gain a deeper understanding of property rights systems as expressions of societal values and interests, and a broader understanding of different property rights systems in the world with Associate Professor Mark Edwards, William Mitchell College of Law, and Associate Professor Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, William Mitchell College of Law.  3 credits.

See calendar below for course times.

Location of Mitchell in London Summer School

Classes will be held on campuses of BPP Law School, near a tube stop.  There are many restaurants and shops nearby.

Course Format

The London courses are based on real-life practicum exercises. There will be two sessions each day beginning with a short lecture/presentation by U.S. and British faculty. The presentations address various topics in the exercises. Participants then work in small groups to discuss and analyze issues raised in the exercises. Following intensive small group work, the second session each day concludes with small groups reporting on their results to the entire class, with faculty guidance. Additionally, working in teams of two, participants prepare three short debriefing and planning papers based on what was learned during the daily sessions.

The Papers

There will be no in-class examinations.  Students are assessed on three debriefing and planning papers and one final paper for each course. All work is assessed on an A-F basis.  A student’s home school will determine whether the final grade is recorded as a grade of pass/fail.  No written work is due the first day of each course.


Academic Requirements and Application Information: To participate in study abroad programs, law students must have completed the first year of study or its equivalent in part-time study and be in good academic standing as determined by their home institution. Check each program for application deadlines. For information and application forms, contact Assistant Dean Wanda Morrow ( or (713) 646-1825.