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Legal History in Cambridge, England
Cambridge, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Sponsor: University of Kansas Study Abroad 
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/01/2015 03/10/2015 07/05/2015 07/31/2015
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Housing Options: On-campus housing
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: David Wiley
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA Eligibility:
2.5 GPA Academic Discipline: History
Open to Non-KU students: Yes Open to graduate students: No
Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:
Program Description:

Photo of students in Cambridge, England

Program Overview

The University of Kansas History and Law faculty collaborate to bring you an enriching and insightful program focusing on the culture, history and politics of the English and American legal systems, supplemented with special lectures and site visits. 

In the English tradition, students will be housed and classes will be held at Trinity Hall of Cambridge University.  Trinity Hall was founded by Bishop Bateman of Norwich in 1350, making it the fifth oldest surviving college of the University of Cambridge.  Distinguished alumni include Lord Howard, the commander-in-chief of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada, Lord Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Nicholas Hytner, the current director of the National Theatre in London.

Cambridge and Cambridge University

Students will live and study in Cambridge, where you can meet students from numerous foreign countries, attend concerts, fairs, cultural events, and go punting on the River Cam and enjoy numerous small restaurants and other places of entertainment that cater to students. Students can also easily access events in the surrounding areas of East Anglia, or can travel to London, about one hour away by train.

The city of Cambridge surrounds the majestic buildings of the colleges of Cambridge University, a prestigious and world-renowned university, whose graduates, during an 800-year old history, include John Milton, Isaac Newton, and John Harvard (founder of Harvard University).

Program Activities

  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Cambridge. There will be three group dinners in restaurants, and other dinners will be taken in Trinity Hall.

  • Students will take two guided day-long tours of London,  including a law firm in the City of London, Inns of Court (inner sanctum of barrister training), Royal Courts of Justice, and Bar Council.  One day-tour will permit students to spend a weekend in London.

  • Students will spend a day in Cambridge at the Crown Court, will meet prosecuting and defense barristers, and see a trial in progress.

  • Students will have a three-day weekend on their own. In previous years, students have visited Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, or traveled through England. 

  • In the Cambridge tradition, a final dinner for students and faculty concludes the program.

Program Faculty

Professor Kim Warren has taught American history for nine years at the University of Kansas.  With a focus on citizenship, race, and gender, her research publications have included articles on the history of education, athletics, feminism, and tourism in West Africa.  Her book, The Quest for Citizenship:  African American and Native American Education in Kansas, 1880-1935, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2010. 

Professor Chelsi Hayden joined the University of Kansas Law faculty as an adjunct lawyering professor in 2011 and became a full-time lecturer in law in 2012. Before entering academia, Hayden served as chambers counsel to Judge Carlos Murguia of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and as an associate in business litigation for Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Mo. She has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law and has litigated both state and federal cases, including for the Kansas Supreme Court.

Academic Program

Students will take two 3-credit courses. Both courses complement those taught at KU in the Department of History and the School of Law. Classes are held four hours every morning Monday through Friday, with one three-day weekend. Students will take a final examination in each course.

HIST 510 The Culture of Citizenship in America and England (3 credit hours)

Students will explore the deep connections between the cultural and legal history of England and America, from the founding of the North American colonies to critical moments in the development of American identity in the 19th century.  The course will engage students with questions about inclusion, exclusion, rights, privileges, and American citizenship. 

HIST 510 Topics in: The Law and Legal Systems in England and America (3 credit hours)

Students will study and compare the origins, purposes and current controversies of contemporary legal regimes in the United States and Great Britain. The course will introduce students to, and permit them to compare, the current operation of legal systems in each country.


Students are housed in single occupancy rooms at the Wychfield campus of Trinity Hall of Cambridge University. Daily continental breakfast and dinners Monday through Thursday are provided. Students are responsible for all other meals.


Open to undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university.

Funding your Study Abroad Program

The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.  KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.  
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
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Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.

        a. Statement of Purpose
        b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c. Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
        d. 2 Recommendations
        e. Authorization to Release Student Information
        f. Student Conduct Verification
        g.  Financial Aid Questionnaire

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.

For more information, contact:

Professor Kim Warren
Program Director
Department of History

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Hsin-Yi Pan, Summer 2014 Participant
The legal tours were fascinating in our comparison of British and American legal systems and history. The courses also gave me some insight into the legal field, which I am preparing to enter after law school. As someone traveling to Europe for the first time, England's rich cultural heritage was inspiring to witness in person.
Alexis Lauren Meusburger, Summer 2014 Participant
The courses associated with this study abroad program touched on many important topics of today and highlighted their relation to the places we visited. Being surrounded by history, culture, and academia was a dream come true! Cambridge is beautiful and full of opportunities to experience British life.