Oxford Program at a Glance

Key Dates 

  • 2018 Program:  Monday, June 25, through Saturday, August 4
  • Final Examinations:  August 2 and 3
  • Classes:  June 26-29, July 2-5, July 10-12, July 17-19, July 23-26, July 30-31
    1. UK Supreme Court - July 9
    2. Legal London - July 16
    3. Stratford July - TBD
    4. Reading Day August 1

Tuition & Fees 

  • The 2018 program charge for tuition and fees is $9,769. This covers tuition for 5 credit hours, fees, room, breakfast every morning, lunch on the days classes meet, and approximately one dinner per week.
  • Additional Costs - Transportation, course materials, supplies, printing costs, personal travels, passport application, visa applications (if required), etc., are not included in the above. 
  • Financial Aid is available for the Oxford program.  Students will receive an email from The Graduate Financial Aid office in late spring with instructions on how to apply.

Living Arrangements

  • We reside and take our meals at University College, Oxford, and use their classrooms and library
  • Students live in single rooms provided by the College.  Each room has a bed and a sink; linens are provided and changed weekly.  Toilets and showers are shared.

Class Size 

  • In 2017, 36 students participated.
  • In 2016, 33 students participated.
  • In 2015, 34 students participated. 
  • The program is not designed to be available to students from countries other than the U.S.

Courses Schedule and Details 

  • One from two three-credit courses offered by SMU Law Faculty members
  • One from four two-credit tutorial courses
  • The three-credit courses meet most weeks Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, between June 25 and August 4 (plus Friday, June 29, not including Mondays, July 9 and 16); the schedule for the tutorial courses is arranged between the students and the tutor 
Course Details
  • Classrooms are two adjacent rooms at University College (but may change as a result of College construction); two tutorials are also conducted in those rooms, while two others are in the tutor’s home Colleges.  The program has an assistant’s administrative office near the students’ common room.
  • Students must attend the classes as scheduled, must attend professional visits (e.g., Legal London and the UK Supreme Court), and complete assignments (normally, one short tutorial paper each week, and two final examinations)
  • Enrollment in the courses and the tutorial classes will be divided approximately equally, according to students’ choices insofar as possible; prerequisites normally include satisfactory completion of first-year (full- or part-time) courses

Grading Policy

Students receive a letter grade.  

Withdrawal, Cancellation, Refund Policies:
  • If the program is cancelled or students withdraw as permitted before the commencement of the program, students will receive a full refund.

  • If students withdraw as permitted during the course of the program, or if the program is terminated, students will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments incurred before the date of termination or withdrawal.

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Dale Carpenter, Judge William Hawley Atwell Chair in Constitutional Law and Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
Professor Carpenter received his B.A. degree in history from Yale College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. After serving as a law clerk for Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones, he practiced at the firms Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, P.C. in San Francisco.  Prior to joining SMU, Professor Carpenter taught for 16 years at the University of Minnesota, where he served as a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law. He is currently the Judge William Hawley Atwell Chair of Constitutional Law. 


James W ColemanAssistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
James Coleman has two degrees from Harvard University — a J.D. and B.A. in biology.  Before joining SMU, he was on the faculty at the University of Calgary, where he taught at both the law school and the business school, and at Harvard Law School, where he served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law.  Professor Coleman’s scholarship addresses regulation of North American energy companies.  He currently teaches Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, International Petroleum Transactions, and Energy Transport and Trade.
 Nicholas Bamforth, BCL. MA (Oxon) is a Fellow in Law at The Queen's College, Oxford. He works in the areas of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Human Rights Law and Sexuality and Law. He is the author or co-author of three books (Sexuality, Morals and Justice (Cassell); Patriarchal Religion, Sexuality and Gender: A Critique of New Natural Law (with David A.J. Richards, Cambridge); and Discrimination Law: Theory and Context (with Maleiha Malik and Colm O'Cinneide, Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell) and the editor or co-editor of four (Public Law in a Multi-layered Constitution (with Peter Leyland, Hart); Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (with Peter Leyland, Oxford); Sexual Orientation and Rights (Ashgate); and Sex Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2002 (Oxford)). He has served as an elected member of Oxford's University Council and as the University Junior Proctor. He is currently an elected member of the University's Nominating Committee for the Vice-Chancellorship.He has twice been a Hauser Global Research Fellow at New York University.
Nick Barber joined the Oxford Law Faculty in 1998 as a Fixed Term Fellow at Brasenose, moving to a tenured Fellowship at Trinity College in 2000.  He holds an MA from Oxford and the BCL, and is a non-practicing barrister and member of Middle Temple.  In 2013 he was appointed University Lecturer in Constitutional Law.  In 2012 and 2013 he was a visiting Professor at Renmin University, China.  He has lectured extensively on constitutional law and theory in many countries.  He has published many papers in these areas, and his book - The Constitutional State – was published in 2011, and has been widely reviewed.  He was founder editor of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Blog. 
Jane Hanna OBE 2010; is the Founder and CEO of SUDEP Action (the new working name for Epilepsy Bereaved). Global advocate and expert on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Awarded OBE in 2010 and Social Accomplishment Award in 2013. Elected local politician 2001-2013 with special interests in health services. 19 years experience teaching law at Oxford university.  Hanna was for twelve years an elected member of the Vale of White Horse District Council.  She was for nearly twenty years a Law Fellow at Keble College Oxford, serving also at Harris Manchester College.  She earned a BCL at Oxford and a Masters in Law from Cambridge.
Stephen Shute is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex for Strategy and Resources, having previously served as Head of the School of Law, Politics, and Sociology, leading that School during a time of dramatic expansion.  Before moving to Sussex, he served for fifteen years at the University of Birmingham, where he moved after working as a Law Fellow at Corpus Christi College Oxford.  His scholarly and public service work has been in criminal law and criminal justice, including particularly sentencing, parole, high-risk offenders.  He has published widely and lectured in Europe and the United States.