Certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice: National and Transborder Perspectives, London
The program is open to degree-candidate law students currently enrolled in ABA-approved law schools, lawyers, and other professionals with a law related degree or legal background. Degree-candidate law students at other ABA-approved schools must submit a letter from their school’s registrar stating that they are in good standing and have permission to take Mitchell Hamline courses.
Enrollment is limited to enhance the interactive nature of each course. Qualified students are accepted on a first-applied, first-enrolled basis.
Application deadline: May 1, 2023 or until full
2023 London Study Abroad Application
Professor Henry Allen Blair serves as the on-site faculty director for the London program. There are additional on-site administrative support personnel present throughout the program.
Nonrefundable application fee: $250 (payable with application)
Tuition: $4,500 (6 credits)
Program Fees: $2,800 (Includes: London accommodations ($2,400); course materials and books; co-curricular visits to the Royal Courts of Justice and Middle Temple, welcome dinner, and social events.)
Balance due: $7,300 on or before May 1, 2023
Program participants should contact their home school financial aid office to determine eligibility for financial aid. The total financial aid budget shown is eligible for loan financing.
NOTE: Mitchell Hamline scholarships cannot be applied to any off-campus or study abroad costs.
If you are a visiting student and seeking financial aid and have submitted a completed consortium agreement, you are not required to submit the tuition/fees balance until your loans are disbursed. Mitchell Hamline School of Law students do not need to submit a consortium agreement and will have their pending financial aid status confirmed with the Student Accounts office.
Planning a Program Budget
You are responsible for international airfare, meals, health insurance coverage (including medical evacuation coverage), inter-London and intra-European travel, and personal expenses.
As a general rule, estimated program costs are:
Application Fee: $250
Tuition (6 credits): $4,500
Additional Fees: $2,800 (Includes: London accommodations (2,400); course materials and books; co-curricular visits to the Royal Courts of Justice and Middle Temple; welcome dinner; and social events.)
Total Tuition and Fees: $7,550
Airfare Allowance: $1,400 from U.S. to Europe (This is an average and can be more or less depending on the carrier and timing of ticket purchase.)
Miscellaneous Costs: $1,500 (Tube pass, passport, health insurance, personal expenses, etc. – this varies based on spending habits.)
Food: $1,925 ($385 per week x 5 weeks)
Total Addition Expenses (anticipated): $4,825
Total Financial Aid Budget: $12,375
Should you withdraw from the program on or before May 1, 2023, tuition will be refunded. If you withdraw after May 1, 2023, you are liable for the full tuition. The $250 application fee is nonrefundable
You are responsible for international and intra-European travel. Mitchell Hamline has no responsibility for such arrangements. You must arrive in London no later than Sunday, June 11, 2023. Housing is available after 3 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2023, and must be vacated by 10 am on Saturday, July 15, 2023.
Airfares to Europe can vary greatly. London is served by two airports: Heathrow and Gatwick. Fares usually start to drop in early January but increase quickly as flights for summer travel fill.
If you plan to travel before or after the program, you may want to purchase a Eurail Pass while still in the U.S. It is possible to buy a Eurail Pass at a limited number of Eurail Aid offices in Europe, however, prices are about 20% higher than if you bought the same pass in the U.S. There are also a limited number of regional passes that cannot be purchased in Europe. Individual train tickets can be purchased at train stations. Information about train schedules and tickets is available on their website.
The Certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice program is offered solely as a convenience for law students, lawyers and other professionals. Participation is entirely voluntary. It is up to the students who choose to participate to make their own travel arrangements to, from, and while in London. Neither Mitchell Hamline School of Law nor other participating law schools have any responsibility or liability for those arrangements.
Passports and Visas
You are responsible to obtain a passport prior to traveling to London. Contact the nearest state department office or post office for further information. Lines at passport offices can be very long, especially just before the summer holidays. Plan ahead and obtain your passport early!
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to the U.K. for a short course of study. You may be asked to present your letter of purpose from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (sent in your information packet), along with your round trip ticket, to customs officials upon arrival in the U.K.
For non-U.S. citizens/nationals, please consult the U.K. Border Agency as well as the U.K. Visa Services to determine if your home country is defined as a visa national country. If you are in need of prior entry clearance, please apply early.
Please note that student visitors are not eligible to work in the U.K. at paid or unpaid employment, including internships.
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Grading and Credits
Students will be awarded a letter grade on an A-F scale based on criteria announced by each faculty member.
Students must attend all class sessions and complete advance reading assignments. For the International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement as well as Introduction to U.S. Arbitration Law: Domestic and International Aspects courses, you must complete an exam. In lieu of an in-class final examination, students complete a series of graded in-class arbitration simulations in the International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Practice course. There are no prerequisites.
Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the participant’s home school. Students interested in using credits earned in a foreign study program to accelerate graduation should consult with their home school to determine if the acceleration is a possibility, considering ABA Standard 304, Interpretation 304-4.
Note: Mitchell Hamline students are advised that academic credit for “Introduction to U.S. Arbitration Law, Domestic and International Perspectives” is not awarded if you have already taken an introductory arbitration course for law school credit.
Mitchell Hamline reserves the right to alter or cancel this program for limited enrollment or if exceptional circumstances (natural disaster, war, political unrest, or similar emergency) occur. Please note that we must follow Mitchell Hamline School of Law, national and UK COVID guidelines, which may impact our ability to offer this program in the summer of 2023. You will be promptly notified if a State Department travel warning is issued for the United Kingdom, if there is a major alteration of the program, or if the program is canceled.
In the event of program cancellation, all tuition and fees are refunded. By request, the director will use best efforts to arrange for you to attend a similar program. In the event of material program alteration, you may cancel by sending a letter stating your intentions and request for a refund of tuition and fees within seven days of notification. Refunds are issued within 20 days after program cancellation or receipt of your letter. Mitchell Hamline only provides refunds if the program is cancelled or there is substantial change to the current travel warning.
During the program, you will stay in Highbury Residence (I or II), located in the heart of north London. The Holloway underground station is just a five-minute walk from the residence and a short tube ride to the classroom at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (Queen Mary University of London Law School, Lincoln’s Inn Fields Campus) in the legal district of Central London where classes are held.
Accommodations include a private ensuite room with shared kitchen facilities, on-site laundry, gym and high-speed internet. Bedding, towels, and kitchen supplies are included.
Because of the mild London weather student residence is not air conditioned as is the case with many establishments in London.
Rooms are available after 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023 and must be vacated by 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023. You must arrive in London no later than Sunday, June 11, 2023, to participate in the orientation and welcome dinner.
Students with Disabilities
Housing and scheduled classrooms at Queen Mary University of London are accessible to individuals with disabilities. However, given the age of the campus, this is not the case for all university buildings and facilities. Moreover, the London public transportation system, including many stations on the underground and bus routes, has limited or no access for individuals with disabilities. Disabled students interested in participating in the summer program should contact Kitty Atkins, DRI associate director, email@example.com, to discuss accessibility and related issues.
Students possessing a letter of accommodation from their home institution should provide documentation of such accommodation by May 1, 2023 to Kitty Atkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that arrangements can be made in London, if possible.
Participants are strongly encouraged to make their own insurance and medical arrangements before leaving for England. Neither Mitchell Hamline School of Law nor other participating law schools provide insurance coverage or arrange medical care for participants enrolled in the Certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice summer program, nor do they have any liability for acting or failing to act in situations requiring emergency medical care.
Travel information and advisories
The most current information on travel warnings is available at the U.S. Department of State Current Travel Warning website.
Note: All students must be fully vaccinated (including at least one booster) and provide proof of vaccination in order to attend the Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice program in London.
Consular Information for the UK
The most current Consular Information for the United Kingdom is also available on the Gov.uk website.
Neither Mitchell Hamline School of Law nor any of its trustees, faculty, or staff will be liable for any loss, injury, or damage to persons or property that may be incurred in connection with the events, activities, accommodations, transportation, or other services associated with or incidental to the Certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice program. This release includes any loss, injury, or damage that is the result of any activity or passive negligence on the part of the school, its trustees, faculty, or staff. Participating law schools and their trustees, faculty and staff shall have no liability or responsibility for any additional expenses or liability sustained or incurred as a result of any of the aforementioned causes.