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Legal History in Cambridge, England
Cambridge, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: University of Kansas Study Abroad 
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Coordinator: David Wiley
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA Eligibility:
2.5 GPA
Open to Non-KU students: Yes Open to graduate students: No
Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:
Program Description:


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 Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University.

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).

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 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.

HIST 510 Law, Politics, Culture: Comparative English and American Legal History (3 credit hours)

Students will explore the deep connections between the legal history of England and early America, from the founding of the North American colonies to the writing of the Constitution. The course will focus on key moments of continuity with and divergence from English tradition in the formation of a distinctively American system.

Program Activities3

  • 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 Sydney Sussex College.

  • 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 Britain.  

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

Program Faculty

Adrian Finucane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. Her teaching and research interests focus on 17th and 18th century Americas, broadly defined, from the Puritans of New England to the pirates of the Caribbean, with a particular focus on the reciprocal development of the British and Spanish empires in the Americas.

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.


Students are housed in single occupancy rooms at Sidney Sussex College 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:

Adrian Finucane, Assistant Professor
3611 Wescoe Hall

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Danielle JoAnn Terry, Summer 2015 Participant
The trips to London were fantastic- our tour guide explained buildings and history and court procedure and the legal system. Also, the trips to Denton's and Middle Temple were amazing.
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.
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.
This program is currently not accepting applications.