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UCF in the United Kingdom | Comparison of the Legal Systems of the United States and Great Britain
Coventry, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 02/01/2018 09/01/2018 06/04/2018 06/17/2018
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Legal Studies Housing Options: Student Housing
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 03 Academic Level: Undergraduate
Program Type: Short Term
Program Description:
UCF in Great Britain: Comparison of the Legal Systems of the United States and Great Britain 
United Kingdom

Summer A 2018
Dates: June 4- June 17 

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Program Description:

Join the Department of Legal Studies in England for a Comparative Law Program where we will compare the existing legal systems of the United States and England.

This program will provide students a glimpse into the English legal system. Participants will visit historical locations, as well as excursions, intended to provide an understanding of British history and culture. Lectures and presentations will be facilitated at sites as well as in a classroom setting. While abroad, the students will be evaluated upon their observation, participation, selected readings, and group discussions. In England, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and lectures and work collaboratively with colleagues. Participants will travel to England for two weeks of cultural, educational, and history classes, with knowledge gained from opportunities to visit diverse locations.  Excursions within England include London, Parliament, Westminster, Old Bailey, Coventry University, Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon, and other sites. This program is open to undergraduate students who will be expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

The program will have three focal points:
  • Understanding the evolution of the common law system;
  • An up close glimpse into the trial courts and system of litigation in England; and
  • An opportunity to discuss the Codes of Professional Conduct which govern the profession of law.

Students will have the opportunity to attend seminars by barristers as well as guided tours of major historical landmarks. Finally, students will have an opportunity to explore the culture and traditions of England.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Birmingham, England on the starting day of the program.  To arrive on the starting day of this program, flights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students should not purchase their flights until they have been advised by Study Abroad to do so. Study Abroad advises that you book your flight directly with the airline.
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Comparison of Legal Systems 2018 Itinerary

Sample Itinerary (from 2017 program):
  • Day 1: Arrival at Birmingham International and transfer to host campus. Group welcome dinner in the evening. 
  • Day 2: Welcome ceremony, summer program introduction, and campus tour hosted by Coventry University. Introduction to course and outline of Learning Objectives. 
  • Day 3: Workshops and seminars on Common Law with guest faculty and tour of Coventry Cathedral. 
  • Day 4: Visit to Magistrate Court in Coventry, seminar on an introduction to British culture, and cream tea experience at St Mary's Guidhall. 
  • Day 5: Seminar on UK Constitution with guest faculty and trip to Warwick Castle. 
  • Day 6: Field trip to Old Bailey/Royal Courts of Justice (AM). Afternoon excursion for Westminster Abbey tour. 
  • Day 7: House or Parliament tour and free afternoon
  • Day 8: Free Day
  • Day 9: Day trip to Crown Court and Shopping in Leicester
  • Day 10: Day trip to Oxford 
  • Day 11: Human Rights Seminar with guest faculty and afternoon seminar on International Commercial Law
  • Day 12: Lawyering Skills workshop, Mooting/Advocacy seminar, Criminal Law Seminar, and program farewell ceremony. 
  • Day 13: Day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and farewell dinner 
  • Day 14: Trip to Birmingham/Cadbury World Tour 
  • Day 15: Program Departure
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Learning Outcomes:
  • Enhance knowledge of the evolution of the common law tradition.
  • Learn the differences in the preparation of a civil trial in the American tradition as compared to the English tradition.
  • Analyze the applicable national and state standards of professional conduct for attorneys and paralegals in the United States as well as England.
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Program Leaders: Dr. James Beckman ( and Katie Connolly (

Katie Connolly has worked at UCF for almost 10 years and has been with the Department of Legal Studies since it was established on July 1, 2010. She has been a program leader for the UK Study Abroad since it was created in 2015. Participating as a program leader has ignited her passion for traveling. Her yearly goal is to travel at least three times per year, if not more. When she is not traveling, she loves to go to the movies or musicals and trying new restaurants. She loves working at UCF and in the Department of Legal Studies. Go Knights!!!

Katie Connolly Bio

James Beckman was the inaugural chair of the Department of Legal Studies at UCF from 2011-2016 and currently a Professor of Legal Studies at UCF. Before joining UCF, James was a professor at the University of Tampa for over a decade. He holds degrees from The University of Tampa, The Ohio State University and Georgetown University, and studied at Oxford University (England) in 1991. James loves anything history related – and enjoys reading about, writing about, and visiting historical sites. When he isn’t researching, reading or writing about history and law related topics, he is usually hitting the hiking trails and historical sites with one of his three boxers – Sherlock, Watson and Belle!

James Beckman

Program Courses:
  • PLA 4955 Comparative Law: US & UK   (3 credits)
*Please note that all participants must enroll in this course and pay associated tuition to be a part of the program

Course Syllabus:
PLA4955 Syllabus 2016
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Pricing (based upon the minimum number of students):

Program fee: TBD for 2018 (2017 cost $2,905 (subject to amendment)
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: TBD
Payment 2: TBD

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Student housing
  • London weekend trip
  • Airport pickup
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights
Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. The UCF Abroad Office will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.


Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
Committal Deadline: 2/15/2018

In order to be accepted to the program, all applicants must be interviewed by the faculty leader.