July 11, 2008
Thirty law students not only picked up some course units this summer in McGeorge's Summer England International Legal Studies, they got a real taste of London thanks to the organizing efforts of Professor Michael Malloy.
A group excursion to a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre highlighted the third and final week of the program that ended in early July. “It was quite a gala event, which just goes to show what you can do with hypothetical family law issues involving marriage contracts and alienation of affection,” Malloy joked.
The group also visited the Parliament and had a private meeting with Ann Cryer, who discussed some of the challenges facing the House of Commons and the Gordon Brown premiership. The McGeorge contingent presented the Labour MP with a certificate memorializing her involvement in the summer program at the end of their visit.
Earlier in the study session, students took a guided walking tour of legal London. “It was stimulating for all of us to confront the icons of our common law heritage,” Malloy said. “At least that was consensus at the George Pub, across the street from the Royal Courts, at the conclusion of our tour.”
Students were also treated to a closing night dinner, which mirrored their opening night dinner only three weeks prior. In between activities, students hit the books choosing from three course offerings. Professor Leslie Jacobs taught Terrorism and Public Policy with an assist from Malloy. Professor Michael Vitiello co-taught International White Collar Crime with Professor Peter Alldridge of the host Queen Mary University of London School of Law. QMUL’s Ian Walden taught European Computer and Telecommunications Law.
“It’s a lot of fun to share one of the world’s great cities with such an enthusiastic group,” Malloy said. “I would urge any American law student to consider this program. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event and a bargain.”