GLOBAL ALLIANCE PROGRAMS
Law and Finance
University of Oxford
This program provides an opportunity for up to five Columbia Law students per year to spend the spring semester of their 3L year abroad at the University of Oxford.
Columbia students spend the term attending classes alongside Oxford students enrolled in what is otherwise a 10-month master of science program in Law and Finance taught jointly by the Oxford Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School. The experience allows Columbia students to develop an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of relevant economic and financial contexts.
Oxford, United Kingdom.
Language of Instruction:
- L6202 Advanced Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions.
- L6231 Corporations.
- L6423 Securities Regulation.
- L6232 Corporate Finance.
Prospective Oxford Global Alliance students are strongly encouraged to take all of these prerequisite courses during their 2L year, as there is no guarantee that these particular courses will be offered during the fall semester of their 3L year. Ideally, they should begin with Corporations in the fall of the 2L year.
Oxford employs a trimester system, and Columbia students attend during the Hilary Term, which lasts 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.
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived. Consult the Office of International Programs for more information.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with studying abroad. For more information, visit the Office of International Programs to learn more about the costs of living at Oxford.
Health Insurance Requirements:
If students are not exempt from hospital charges, or only partially exempt, they are advised to take out appropriate private health care insurance for the length of their stay in the United Kingdom. Columbia Law Students may be required to pay health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if appropriate alternative coverage is not obtained.
Columbia students are required to maintain a full-time schedule while participating in any study abroad program. Columbia students receive nine credits from Oxford and will be required to complete an additional two- or three-credit research paper supervised by a Columbia Law School faculty member during the spring semester at Oxford.
Courses offered include Finance, Law & Economics of Corporate Transactions, Comparative Corporate Law, Principles of Financial Regulation and Corporate Valuation. Please consult with Columbia Law School's Office of International Programs for information about the specific courses offered at Oxford as part of the Global Alliance Programs during a particular term. A detailed course list will be sent to participating students sometime in November prior to their exchange visit to Oxford.
Students pre-register and also register on-site. Before arriving as a new student in Oxford, students will complete the first step of their university registration using Student Self Service. Their Oxford Single Sign On IT account details will be emailed to them ahead of their arrival. Student Information will complete students’ registration once they arrive.
Oxford converts grades for Columbia students as follows:
75 or higher:
70 to 74:
65 to 69:
60 to 64:
55 to 59:
50 to 54
40 or less:
The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students’ Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned while participating in an international study abroad program.
Students are expected to attend all of the scheduled sessions for their courses.
It may be possible, while studying abroad, to arrange work with a local NGO that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Online applications for all international study abroad programs are open during the month of February each year. Students apply in the spring semester of their 2L year to study abroad at Oxford during the spring semester of their 3L year.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation;
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript)
Columbia students who are nominated to participate in the Columbia-Oxford alliance will also need to complete—for administrative purposes—application forms for Oxford. These will include a university application form for Admission as a Recognised Student, which will be emailed to students in the fall prior to the exchange.
Students have access to the Bodleian Law Library and the The Sainsbury Library, Said Business School
On-Campus Housing Information
There is no formal procedure for applying for accommodation. Unless students inform Oxford that they plan to find their own accommodation, the MLF Office will try to find accommodations for the duration of a Columbia student’s stay at one of Oxford’s colleges. However, Oxford is unable to guarantee housing and students may be required to find their own accommodations. If Oxford is unable to secure housing by the December 1 prior to their arrival, notification will be sent to incoming students. All accommodations costs are paid by the students themselves.
American citizens entering the United Kingdom for a period of six months or less on a full- or part-time course will need to enter the U.K. as a Student Visitor. American citizens do not need to apply for a visa as a Student Visitor before traveling to the U.K., but they will need to show particular documents to the Border Force Officer when they arrive. A list of the required documentation and additional information can be found on the Short-Term Students page of Oxford’s website.
Non-U.S. citizens entering the U.K. for a period of six months or less on a full- or part-time course will need to enter the U.K. as a Student Visitor. Non-American citizens may need to apply for a visa as a Student Visitor before traveling to the U.K., depending on their nationality. Please see the University’s guidance online for more information.
Oxford University Online
Faculty of Law, Oxford University
Oxford University Academic Calendar
Law and Finance at Oxford University
Course descriptions at Oxford University
Information for New Students at Oxford
Cost of living at the University of Oxford
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career, but that the timing of overseas study may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Joint Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605