London Law Program

London Law Program

The London Law program is open to law students in good standing who are attending ABA accredited schools and have completed their first year. Last year, 58 students attended—49 from the University of Iowa and 9 from other law schools. Some of our students elected to travel with a family member, spouse or significant other, and we were pleased to welcome them in many of our social activities.


In response to the current COVID-19 global pandemic, and the travel restrictions that are in place in the United Kingdom and the United States, the January Intersession 2020-21 London Law Program will be offered online only

Professor Stella Elias will teach a two-credit course, English Law and Literature, during the January Intersession.  No London Law program fee will be charged for this course, and so Iowa Law's standard tuition rules governing courses during the academic year will apply.  The class, which will be taught via Zoom in small groups, will meet from Thursday, January 7, 2021 through Friday, January 15, 2021.  This course is open to any law student in good standing attending ABA-accredited schools. The course description is as follows:

English Law and Literature will explore relationships between English law and English literature at the historical, practical, imaginative, and theoretical levels. Students will read novels, short stories, plays, poems, and nonfiction works.  The earliest piece that will be assigned was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1387, the most recent piece was written by a barrister working in London in 2018, and the selection is intended to provide a diverse cross-section of English literary writings that engage with and are shaped by English law.  Students will consider and discuss the depiction of law and jurisprudential questions in these varied works of literature. What insights can works of literature contribute to the study of law? In what ways does literature enhance our understanding of the law? How does literature contribute to how we grapple with the larger jurisprudential issues in the law? The course will also address legal opinions and arguments from a literary lens—i.e., judicial decisions as works of literature. What similarities does law share with literature? How does focusing on the construction of narratives by lawyers and judges contribute to our understanding of the law? What role do rhetoric and style play in the crafting of judicial opinions?

We recommend registering as soon as possible, so that you can receive a reading list to prepare for the course during the Fall Semester. Registration will close on November 15, 2020.

The London Law Program administrative team is working hard to ensure that the Program will return as soon as global travel restrictions are lifted.  We will update this page with more information as soon as it becomes available.