Oxford’s Law and Finance Program Partners with Law School

Winter 2010

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Columbia Law School and the University of Oxford’s Masters in Law and Finance program have announced a partnership that will be the first of its kind for the renowned British institution of higher learning.

The key component of what will be referred to as the Columbia-Oxford Alliance
in Law and Finance consists of faculty and student exchanges focused on interdisciplinary education. Visiting faculty will receive assignments beginning
in fall of 2010, and the student exchange will start the following year. Professor Merritt B. Fox will serve as Columbia Law School’s academic director for the program.

As many as five Law School students will be selected to study at Oxford, where the masters program aims to provide those who already possess a legal background with in-depth knowledge of financial and economic regulatory frameworks. Columbia Law School students will be able to attend core classes on microeconomics and corporate transactions, among others. Elective courses offered by the Masters in Law and Finance Program include subjects such as corporate insolvency, European business regulation, and international economic law.

“The program fits into the Global Alliance’s overall theme of giving students the chance to maximize their Law School experience with study at other preeminent institutions,” says Brian Gibson, Columbia Law School’s assistant dean for comparative and international programs. “We’re building strength on strength.”

Oxford, in return, will send Ph.D. candidates, who will benefit from the Law School’s rigorous legal curriculum. The Oxford students will audit classes and present papers to the greater Law School community.

The Columbia-Oxford Alliance in Law and Finance is a part of the Law School’s Global Alliance program, which partners with top-tier universities around the world, such as the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques. “It’s a way to tap into another school’s comparative advantage,” notes Gibson. “The Columbia-Oxford partnership is an innovative spoke of the Global Alliance concept.”

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