KU Study Abroad - Pre-Law in Cambridge

Cambridge Pre-Law Institute

The University of Kansas History and Law faculty collaborate to bring you an enriching and insightful program focusing on the culture, history and politics of the English and American legal systems, supplemented with special lectures and site visits.

In the English tradition, students will be housed and classes will be held at Trinity Hall of Cambridge University. Trinity Hall was founded by Bishop Bateman of Norwich in 1350, making it the fifth oldest surviving college of the University of Cambridge. Distinguished alumni include Lord Howard, the commander-in-chief of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada, Lord Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Nicholas Hytner, the current director of the National Theatre in London.

Cambridge and Cambridge University

Students will live and study in the very center of Cambridge, where you can meet students from numerous foreign countries, attend concerts, fairs, cultural events, and go punting on the River Cam and enjoy numerous small restaurants and other places of entertainment that cater to students. Students can also easily access events in the surrounding areas of East Anglia, or can travel to London, about one hour away by train.

The city of Cambridge surrounds the majestic buildings of the colleges of Cambridge University, a prestigious and world-renowned university, whose graduates, during an 800-year old history, include John Milton, Isaac Newton, and John Harvard (founder of Harvard University).

Program Activities

  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Cambridge. There will be three group dinners in restaurants, and other dinners will be taken in Trinity Hall.

  • Students will take two guided day-long tours of “Legal London.” Sites include: law firm in the City of London, Inns of Court (inner sanctum of barrister training), Royal Courts of Justice, and Bar Council. One day-tour will permit students to spend a weekend in London.

  • Students will spend a day in Cambridge at the Crown Court, will meet prosecuting and defence barristers, and see a trial in progress.

  • Students will have a three-day weekend on their own. In previous years, students have visited Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, or traveled through England.

  • In the Cambridge tradition, a final dinner for students and faculty concludes the program.

Program Faculty

Adrian Finucane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. She teaches the history of the early Americas, focusing particularly on interactions between the British and Spanish Americas and the social and cultural history of the early colonies.

Academic Program

Students will take two 3-credit courses. Both courses complement those taught at KU in the Department of History and the School of Law. Classes are held four hours every morning Monday through Friday, with one three-day weekend. Students will take a final examination in each course.

HIST 510 Law, Politics, Culture: Comparative English and American Legal History (3 credit hours)
Students will explore the deep connections between the legal history of England and early America, from the founding of the North American colonies to the writing of the Constitution. The course will focus on key moments of continuity with and divergence from English tradition in the formation of a distinctively American system.

HIST 510 Topics in the Law and Legal Systems in England and America (3 credit hours)
Students will study and compare the origins, purposes and current controversies of contemporary legal regimes in the United States and Great Britain. The course will introduce students to, and permit them to compare, the current operation of legal systems in each country.


Students are housed in single occupancy rooms at Trinity Hall of Cambridge University. Daily continental breakfast and dinners Monday through Thursday are provided. Students are responsible for all other meals.

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Depart U.S.: July 9, 2011
Arrive Cambridge: July 10, 2011
Depart Cambridge: August 5, 2011


Open to undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university and students accepted to enter the KU School of Law for the Fall 2011 semester. Preference will be given to students planning a career in law, public service or business.


Six hours of upper level undergraduate or graduate credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.


Program fee: Approximately $4,140 ($4,340 for non-KU students). Graduate and law students pay slightly higher tuition fees. The fee includes tuition, fees, single occupancy student rooms, weekday continental breakfast, most weekday dinners, three group dinners, group admissions on excursions, travel to London for group excursions, orientation, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services, and administrative costs.

Tuition and Fees: Estimated tuition and fees for 6 credit hours (based on standard tuition rate): $1,433. *

*Actual expenses for KU students will vary by the student’s individual tuition compact. Non-KU students will pay the standard tuition rate listed above.

Estimated Additional Expenses: Airfare, some meals including lunches, books, passport fees, and incidental personal expenses.


All dates, costs, and program information are subject to change as necessary due to fluctuations in the exchange rate or other reasons.

Financial Planning Investigation Budget Form for KU Students (2011)

Financial Planning Investigation Budget Form for Non KU Students (2011)

Financial Aid

KU students who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.

Limited supplemental scholarships are available to KU undergraduates. Online scholarship applications will be available late August. The scholarship application deadline is March 1.

Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: March 1, 2011. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Online applications will be available late August.

(Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download an application. If your computer does not have Acrobat Reader you can download it for FREE.)

For more information contact:

Adrian Finucane
Assistant Professor
Program Director
The University of Kansas
Department of History
3619 Wescoe Hall
Phone: (785) 864-9467
e-mail: afinucane@ku.edu

The University of Kansas
Office of Study Abroad
Lippincott Hall
1410 Jayhawk Blvd. Room 108
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
phone: 785-864-3742
fax: 785-864-5040
e-mail: osa@ku.edu