For more than 40 years, the Notre Dame Law School has offered second-year law students in good standing an opportunity to study in London. Now beginning in 2011-2011, 2L students may choose between a one-semester or full-year option and 3L students will be able to enroll in the London Program in the fall semester. The Notre Dame London Law Center, centrally located in Trafalgar Square, also offers a five week summer program from late May to early August prior to the 2L school year.
The London curriculum includes standard second-year classes, like Business Associations and Evidence, but the ultimate concentration is international law. In most classes, a comparative law element from one or more foreign systems is added to the base of the American law. The rest of the curriculum consists of international and comparative law electives.
“Students who come to London do so because they appreciate the increasingly global aspects of practicing law in the United States,” explains Program Director Geoffrey Bennett. “No longer is international law of interest only to multinational corporations that typically have a need for international expertise. Any practitioner now may need to be conscious of how easily a problem in domestic relations, intellectual property, or even crime can involve an international dimension.”