A Tale of Two Campuses: NDLS in London and South Bend

Author: Susan Good

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“Many students are unaware of the London Programme until it is advertised to them as 1Ls,” says Katrina Stagner ’02, who spent her 2L year at Notre Dame Law School’s London campus. “The London Programme was one of the unique selling points of NDLS for me, with no other top-tier law school providing such an opportunity.”

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. The Notre Dame London Law Center, centrally located in Trafalgar Square, has two choices for students looking to learn abroad. The Concannon Programme in International Law is a full year program, and the Law in London Summer Programme is a five week experience from late May to early August prior to the 2L school year.

The 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 such as Public International Law, European Community Law, and International Regulation of Trade and Business.

“Students who come to London do so because they appreciate the increasingly global aspects of practicing law in the United States,” explains Programme 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.”

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