The Cambridge Summer Session, in existence since 1983, was one of the first programs to be approved under the ABA’s foreign summer program standards. It currently meets all applicable ABA and AALS requirements. Credit hours earned are routinely transferred to other ABA-approved law schools and to recognized Canadian law schools (some Canadian law schools will not award credits for U.S. summer programs). Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to approval by the student’s home law school. Interested students should inquire at their home schools about the transfer of credits and about the amount of residence credit that may be obtained, consistent with ABA Standard 305, Interpretation 4.
The educational objectives of the law school in providing a study abroad opportunity in Cambridge are as follows:
(1) to provide students access to international law course offerings beyond the scope of the ordinary curriculum;
(2) to provide students with a cultural experience that exposes them both to the history and tradition of the common law at its place of origin, but also to an international community comprised of people from throughout the world;
(3) to provide students with the opportunity to study at one of the leading universities in the world, including in classes taught by Cambridge faculty;
(4) to provide students with the opportunity, through classes, speakers, and events, to learn about how British and other international legal systems and institutions operate.
Courses are offered for one or two semester credit hours; students must register for three or four classes (minimum of 5 credit hours; maximum of 7 credit hours). See the “Class schedule” for class meeting times. No classes are scheduled on Friday, but there will be a group excursion to London on one Friday.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings in the courses in which they are registered and to prepare for class diligently. All courses are graded on the 4.0 grading system used at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Students transferring credits to other law schools will usually find that grades of 2.0 or higher will be accepted for credit, but that the home law school will not average the Cambridge grades as part of the student’s overall GPA. Students should consult their home school’s administration about its policy.
University of Mississippi students studying on the Cambridge program will get credit for in-state residency during the summer months.