Columbia-Oxford Alliance in Law and Finance
Columbia students join the Oxford students participating in the ten-month MSc in Law and Finance program taught jointly by Oxford’s Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School. Each year up to five 3L students are selected to participate in the program. The selected students develop an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of relevant economic and financial contexts.
Students interested in participating in the Oxford Global Alliance must take four prerequisite courses at Columbia Law School: Corporations (L6231); Corporate Finance (L6232); Mergers & Acquisitions (L6202); and Securities Regulations (L6423).During the spring 3L semester at Oxford, students take: Comparative & European Corporate Law; Finance II; Law & Economics of Corporate Transactions; and Principles of Financial Regulation. Additionally, students must register for either 2 or 3 credits of supervised research under a Columbia Law School faculty member.
Corporations (L6231), Corporate Finance (L6232), Advanced Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions (L6202), and Securities Regulation (L6423) are required by the start of the 3L spring semester to participate in the program.
The program attracts students from around the world, from both the legal and corporate sectors. The range of backgrounds of program participants provides an enriching component of the program; the diversity of opinions and legal systems represented gives students a truly international perspective, as well as contacts with legal and business professionals throughout the world.
Oxford is situated in the city of Oxford, which lies about 60 miles (90 km) northwest of London.
The University has no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed here in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.
Oxford employs a trimester system. Columbia students attend during the Hilary Term, from mid-January through mid-March. The program is scheduled so that it does not interfere with eligibility for May graduation or the July bar examination.
Eligibility & Application Procedure
Applications are accepted in the spring semester of the 2L year to participate in the program during the spring semester of the 3L year. As part of the online application, students must submit a résumé, transcript, and a statement describing their educational objectives and reasons for wishing to participate in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process. Selections will be made upon the strength of the statement, academic record at Columbia, and faculty recommendations.
Course Load & Credit Hours
Students will receive 9 Columbia Law School credits upon successful completion of the program. During the term of the program students must also register for at least 2 credits of supervised research credit in order to maintain full-time student status.
Requirements for Student Performance & Grading Methods
Classes are conducted as both lectures and seminars. Classroom attendance is crucial for successful completion of courses, and is mandatory for some courses and seminars.Whenever possible, students' written work on examinations and papers will also be reviewed by Columbia after having been graded by the foreign institution. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by Columbia Law School. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate that students have earned 9 credits under the Oxford Alliance program.
Students must submit written reports on their coursework to Columbia every four weeks (1 page per course).
Participation in a global alliance program does not exempt students from any requirements for the J.D. degree (i.e., profession of law, pro bono service, etc.).
Columbia students will continue to pay Columbia tuition, health insurance, and health service fees. Other Columbia student activity fees will be waived. Students may waive health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if alternative coverage is obtained.
Parker School Recognition
Students participating in a semester study abroad program are eligible to receive up to 7 of the 10 required academic points in international, foreign or comparative law. Students should contact the Parker School upon completion of the program to ascertain how many credits will be awarded for their foreign study.
Office of International Programs
Tel: 212-854-8170; fax: 212-851-7691
Columbia Law School
435 W. 116th St
New York, NY 10027
Columbia Law School's Office of International Programs is located at:
William and June Warren Hall (WJ)
1125 Amsterdam Avenue, 6th Floor