Cambridge Summer Program

Unfortunately, the 2021 Cambridge Summer Program has been canceled due to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic. The content you'll find below is general background information about the program, as well as courses offered in previous years.

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  • Program Details

    For 40 years, the University of Richmond School of Law has conducted a summer program in England for American law students. The purpose of the program is to afford students an opportunity to live and study in surroundings that provide maximum exposure to the English common law system, which serves as the basis for much of the U.S. law.

    The Cambridge summer program is an extension of the University of Richmond School of Law. Classes and final examinations meet requirements of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.

    The program is designed for students currently engaged in the study of law and in good standing at American Bar Association or Canadian Bar Association-accredited law schools. A letter of good standing must be submitted prior to the commencement of the program.

    A reading and required text list is distributed well in advance of the program. Students should acquire these books before leaving for England, as some books may not be available in Cambridge.

    Participants in the program will reside, dine, and attend classes in Emmanuel College facilities. Professor W. Clark Williams is the Cambridge Summer Program Director and will share on-site program director responsibilities with other University of Richmond Law faculty.

    Academic Credit

    Credits earned in the Cambridge summer program will be accepted at the University of Richmond School of Law. Students from other law schools should ascertain in advance the credit transfer policies and residency requirements of their own institutions.

    Participation in the program will not necessarily enable a student to accelerate graduation. Students wishing to earn eight weeks of residency credit may wish to attend our three-week, on-campus term prior to leaving for Cambridge. Details are available upon request.

    Cambridge program students may take up to four courses (six semester hours of credit). Classes are scheduled to meet four days a week, Monday-Thursday. Although this schedule allows ample opportunity for extracurricular activities, students should attend classes regularly.

  • Curriculum

    Selected Issues in Public International Law
    (2 semester hours)
    Prof. Rumiana Yotova
    Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University
    Consideration of various discrete issues of public international law, including statehood, boundaries, the law of war, jurisdiction and state responsibility, and their relation to municipal law.

    Legal History
    (2 semester hours)
    Dr. Ashley Hannay
    Magdalene College, Cambridge University
    Development of legal institutions using historical perspective to help understand reasons for apparent anomalies in our legal system, such as distinctions between law and equity, crime and tort, and to aid decisions of law reform.

    Comparative Public Law of U.S. and U.K.
    (2 semester hours)
    Dr. Shona Wilson Shark
    Girton College, Cambridge University
    Examination and comparison of underlying principles of constitutional and administrative law in the U.S. and the U.K.

    Law of the European Union
    (2 semester hours)
    Prof. Albertina Albors-Llorens
    St. Johns College, Cambridge University
    Survey of institutions of the European Union, and examination of substantive principles of EU law and their integration into the legal systems of member countries.

    Truth, Perception, and Argument: The Advocate’s Role
    (1 semester hour)
    Prof. Laura Webb
    University of Richmond School of Law

    Pop IP: Where Pop Culture Meets the Law
    (1 semester hour)
    Prof. Ashley Dobbs
    University of Richmond School of Law

  • Accommodations and Transportation

    All rooms at Emmanuel College are single rooms. Linens and maid service are provided at no additional expense. Spouses or dependents will pay the same room and board charges as participants in the program. No dependents under the age of 16 can be accommodated in the college.

    Meals will be served in the college dining hall. Prior experience has indicated that most students prefer to travel and eat off-campus on weekends, so the cost of weekend meals has been eliminated from the room and board charges. Thus, no meals will be provided from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

    Banks and shops are easily accessible. The city of Cambridge offers restaurants, public houses, cinemas and theatres, in addition to its many scenic and historic features.

    London is just fifty miles away and is served by frequent fast train and bus connections. Despite its proximity to London, the East Anglican region retains an unspoiled character, and its villages and towns have a quiet charm that is typically English. The cathedral cities of Ely and Norwich are within easy reach.

    Each participating student is responsible for travel to England from the United States.

  • Applications and Fees

    Applications open in the spring, and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application must be accompanied by a $150 deposit. 

    Tuition and Accommodation Fees

    The cost of the program is determined on a yearly basis. The total cost of the 2020 program was $7,500

    Deposit (non-refundable)


    Tuition balance


    Room and board


    Airfare is the responsibility of the student.

    The University of Richmond reserves the right to cancel this program in the event of compelling circumstances. In such an event, all monies would be returned.


    Questions? Please contact Professor Clark Williams, 804-289-8207,