Notre Dame London Law at 50

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The Notre Dame London Law Program turned 50 years old in 2018. Notre Dame Law School and Notre Dame International marked the anniversary with a full year of events at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway.

The festivities kicked off in January with the first installment of a monthly speaker series and culminated with a four-day celebration October 20-23. The culminating celebration included tours of London landmarks, presentations by top legal scholars, evening entertainment, and plenty of fellowship with Notre Dame Law School alumni, friends, and students.

The London Law Program has become an invaluable part of a Notre Dame legal education and provided formative experiences for generations of Notre Dame Lawyers. As we celebrated the program's first 50 years, we also looked forward to its continued growth and evolution in the decades ahead!

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London Law at 50  

Click on the image above to see a timeline and historical photos that illustrate how the London Law Program developed, and how it served as an anchor for a much larger Notre Dame presence in London.

  • Celebrating a half-century of Notre Law in London: Since 1968, more than 1,500 students from Notre Dame Law School have studied in the London Law Program. Alumni frequently describe it as a life-changing experience, both personally and professionally.
  • Educating lawyers with a global perspective: Lord David E. Neuberger, former president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, spoke about the value of studying law in another country at a dinner celebrating the Notre Dame London Law Program’s 50th anniversary on October 21, 2018, at Middle Temple in London.
  • Fighting poverty and curbing corruption: Cari Votava '85 J.D. discovered her calling — fighting poverty with the World Bank — while participating in the London Law Program.
  • A passion for travel and international law: Baker McKenzie Partner Jennifer Trock '98 J.D. expanded her global perspective by studying in the London Law Program.

The video above was shown at a gala celebrating the London Law Program on October 23, 2018, at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London.

Photo gallery

Click on the link below to see photos from the Golden Jubilee events of October 20-23.

London Law at 50

London Law at 50: Speaker Series

  • January – “The Importance of Foreign Law in Real Estate Practice: Lessons from the United Kingdom and the United States” with Thomas Patrick Dore Jr., ’76, ’79 J.D. Read more and see a photo gallery.
  • February – “Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Pulling the Medical Mask off the Lethal Injection” with Maya Foa, director of international human rights organization Reprieve. Read more and see a photo gallery.
  • March – “Business and Human Rights: The Contribution of the United Nations in ‘Making the Bond’” with Michael Addo, professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and director of the Notre Dame London Law Program. Watch a video of the presentation and see a photo gallery.
  • April – “The English Origins of the Right to Bear Arms” with Judge Diarmiud F. O’Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read more and see a photo gallery.
  • May – “Ae Fond Kiss, A Private Matter?” with Hector MacQueen, professor of private law at the University of Edinburgh. Read more and see a photo gallery.