London Summer Program

2023 Summer-Abroad Program, Study Law in London June 18-July 19, 2023, Choose from Entertainment or Refugee and Humanitarian Law

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If  a COVID-19 surge occurs in the U.K. or U.S. near the program start date, we reserve the right to convert the program to an online format. As always, our first priority is protecting the health and safety of the Southwestern community. 

For law students looking for a deeper global perspective, Southwestern offers a study abroad program in London.

Southwestern Law School, under the auspices of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, will host a five-week Summer Program in International Entertainment and Media Law at The University of London SOAS, Brunei Gallery, from June 18 to July 19, 2023.  

This unique and exciting program offers a variety of academic, cultural, and social experiences through:

  • Courses on international entertainment, art, negotiating and drafting international entertainment contracts, and international sports law
  • Instruction provided by U.S. and British faculty with extensive international experience
  • Guest lecturers on course-related topics
  • Field excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice and other legal, entertainment, media, and cultural institutions in London

Program Details:

Sunday, June 18 through Wednesday, July 19, 2023.

Links to Course Descriptions

International Entertainment Law
* International Art Law
* International Sports Law
* Negotiating & Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

Course Schedule

Period One                                                           Period Two                                                            

International Entertainment Law

Monday - Thursday (9 A.M. - 11 A.M.)

International Sports Law

Monday - Thursday (11:10 A.M.- 1:10 P.M.)

International Art Law

Monday - Thursday (9 A.M. - 11 A.M.)

Neg. & Drafting Int'l Entertainment Contracts

Monday - Thursday (11:10 A.M.- 1:10 P.M.)


Saturday, June 18               

Sunday, June 19                                                                                                                                                                 

Monday, June 20

Wednesday, July 20

Thursday, July 21                                                                                                                                                               

Friday, July 22                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, July 24


Students check into College Hall

Mandatory Orientation; Thames River Cruise (includes academic component)

Classes begin

Last day of classes

Final exams in International Entertainment Law and International Art Law

Final exams in International Sports Law and Negotiating and Drafting International Entertainment Contracts; Farewell Dinner Party

Last day to vacate College Hall


  1. International Entertainment Law

    Professor Kevin J. Greene

    Kevin J. Greene joined Southwestern’s faculty in 2020. Professor Greene is a nationally recognized entertainment and intellectual property law scholar and an expert witness consultant for copyright, trademark, publicity rights, and entertainment contract disputes. He is a highly committed, outstanding teacher as well as a passionate leader and an IP law influencer. He teaches Contracts and Copyright Law.

    Professor Greene was most recently a tenured Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. In addition to Contracts and Copyright, he has also taught IP, Entertainment Law, Music Law, Publicity Rights, International Entertainment Law, and IP in the Cannabis Industry.

    Before becoming a law professor, Professor Greene practiced law in New York at the premier law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented high profile companies such as Time Warner and HBO in litigation matters. He later joined New York’s top entertainment law boutique firm, where he represented clients such as film production companies, including Director Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule film company, iconic music artists including Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby Brown, and the seminal rap group Public Enemy. Professor Greene was the first law professor voted a Top Ten attorney by the San Diego Bar in the field of IP in 2005.


  2. International Art Law

    Professor Henry Lydiate 

    An international art lawyer who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 35 years. A scholar-practitioner who has been a visiting tutor at leading UK art schools and colleges; former Visiting Professor in Art Law at the University of the Arts London; current educational portfolio includes designing and delivering international legal and art business modules for Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Southwestern Law School.

    Commissioned in 1976 by Arts Council of Great Britain and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to conduct research into the legal needs of visual artists in the UK, which led to his establishing Artlaw Services, a non-profit national legal advice and professional practice training service: Chairman and pro bono legal adviser and trainer until 1984. Founding partner of The Henry Lydiate Partnership LLP, the international art business consultancy whose current clients include artists, artists’ estates, collectors, agents & dealers, art fairs, auction houses, foundations, and public-facing art institutions. Henry has published numerous articles and publications and currently writes a regular Artlaw column published by Art Monthly since its first issue in 1976.

    Henry received a Bachelor of Laws, LLB, from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K. Former practicing Barrister and Pupil-master, Inns of Court, U.K.


  3. International Sports Law

    Professor Chris Cameron

    A full-time law professor and labor relations neutral. As the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, Professor Cameron teaches and writes about the law of the workplace, with a special emphasis on its intersection with entertainment, sports, immigration, and bankruptcy law.

    His scholarship includes authorship or co-authorship of 30 articles, nine book chapters, and two books. He has over 25 years of experience and has decided more than 400 cases as an arbitrator and civil service hearing officer. He is a Member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves as Chair of the Academy’s Region 16 in Southern California.

    Professor Cameron’s public service includes his current term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Employee Relations Commission. After clerking for Judge Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Professor Cameron practiced labor law in Southern California. He is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

    Professor Simon Gardiner

    Simon Gardiner is a Professor of International Sports Law and has worked at several universities in the UK and Australia. Since 2006 he has been at Leeds Becket University. Simon has been an active researcher in the area of sports law for around 25 years and has an international reputation. His particular research interests include sports governance and the regulation of sports-related corruption and racism in sport.

    Simon has published widely in refereed journals, numerous professional journals, and book collections of edited chapters across a range of sports-related disciplines, including law, sociology, and management. He is the lead author and editor of the UK’s principal student-targeted textbook, namely Gardiner et al, Sports Law, due to be published in its fifth edition in December 2020.


  4. Negotiating & Drafting International Entertainment Contracts

    Professor Orly Ravid

    Orly Ravid is the former Director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute and a Professor of Law at Southwestern where she teaches in the Entertainment & The Arts Legal Clinic and has taught Copyright in the SCALE program.

    She is also an entertainment attorney previously Of Counsel at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP’s Entertainment Transactions and presently Senior Counsel at Tubi. Professor Ravid is the founder of film non-profit The Film Collaborative (TFC), has advised and contributed to Sundance’s Artist Services / Transparency Project, and has spoken about distribution on panels and conferences at film schools and festivals around the world including: Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, UCLA, USC, Columbia University, IDFA, SXSW, DOC NYC, and LAFF/Film Independent. She has written numerous articles on distribution co-authored the book How Not to Sign a Film Contract and Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul.

    Professor Ravid earned her B.A., English Literature, from Columbia University, Barnard College, and her J.D. on a full scholarship from Southwestern Law School (SCALE Program).


Additional Details

  1. Admissions, Fees and Deadlines

    Admission and Course Credit

    Southwestern is approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The ABA has approved the International Entertainment and Media Law Summer Program in London. Most applicants must be students in good standing at an American or Canadian law school. Applicants with sufficient English proficiency from law schools in European Union and other countries will also be considered for admission. Before starting the summer program, each student must have completed the first year of law study and submit a transcript and a letter of good standing from his/her home institution. If applications are received from more students than the program can accommodate, applicants' academic performance (as shown by their transcripts) may be considered in deciding which applications will be accepted.

    Students may register for two courses for a maximum total of six-semester units of credit. Any requests for class change must be made in writing to the Biederman Institute. Each professor will administer a written final exam and assign grades. Grades will conform to Southwestern's grading policies. Southwestern utilizes an alpha grading system in which the actual grade earned is represented by an alphabetical letter. Grades range from A+ (4.33) to F (0.00).  No unit credit will be granted if the grade received is an F.  Additional information can be found in Southwestern's Institutional Policies. Students are advised to consult their home institution policies concerning the transfer of credit for coursework.

    Southwestern will send a transcript to the student's home institution following completion of the program and final payment of all tuition and fees. Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to determination by the student's home institution. Students should be aware that participation in a summer program is unlikely to accelerate their graduation date; students interested in acceleration should consult their home institution.

    NOTE: Acceptances to the program will be offered to applicants on a rolling basis, beginning in February

    1. Applications will be accepted until maximum enrollment is reached. Enrollment in each course is limited due to classroom size, so early application is strongly encouraged.

    A reservation fee of $750 will be due immediately after acceptance. Until the reservation fee is received, the student's spot in the program will not be reserved and may be offered to another applicant.


    Application Fee
    (non-refundable, applied toward tuition)


    Reservation Fee
    (non-refundable, applied toward tuition)




    Housing and Materials
    (includes housing, breakfast, books and materials, London-area excursions, orientation lunch, and final dinner party





    Confirmation notice and enrollment agreement


    Payment in full or financial aid confirmation

    May 1


  2. Travel and Living Accommodations

    Students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from London. 

    State Department Travel Information

    For information about traveling to and within the United Kingdom, visit the United States Department of State website for information about traveling to and within the United Kingdom. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for the country(ies) in which the program will be conducted, all registrants will be notified promptly of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for the country(ies) in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly of the warning and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.  In the event that students withdraw from the program as permitted in these criteria during the course of the program, or if the program is terminated, students will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.

  3. Liability and Insurance

    Southwestern will not be responsible for personal injuries to students, medical conditions, or for loss or damage to personal property within or in transit to London. Southwestern requires students to obtain health insurance that covers or reimburses for health care abroad, and requires the plan to cover medical evacuation, repatriation, and quarantine coverage.

  4. Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Cancellation Policy

    Southwestern reserves the right to change or cancel the London Summer Program at any time prior to May 1. Southwestern also reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. Cancellation of the program or any course at a later date will occur only if necessary for reasons beyond Southwestern's control. For cancellation that occurs after a deposit has been paid, the program director will use his best efforts to make arrangements for each student enrolled to attend a similar program, if the student so desires, and all money advanced by the student shall be refunded within twenty (20) days after the date of cancellation. Students who have paid a deposit or registered for the program also have the opportunity to withdraw from the program if there are changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program and receive a refund of fees paid, with the exception of room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal. In the event of cancellation, students will immediately be notified by email, phone and U.S. mail. This program has not been cancelled in prior years.

    Tuition Refund Policy

    Students who withdraw from the program or request a class change must notify the Director of the London Summer Program in writing as early as possible. Students who withdraw before the first day of the summer program may receive a 100% credit of charged tuition, with the exception of the non-refundable application fee and registration deposit. Thereafter, refund for tuition is prorated on a daily basis. After 60% of the program is completed, there is no refund.

    Students who withdraw from the program prior to the commencement of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or the cancellation of the program, including cancellation because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded all monies advanced within twenty (20) days after the cancellation or withdrawal.

    Students who withdraw from the program during the course of the program due to a course cancellation, significant change, or termination of the program, including termination because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or alert, will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of termination or withdrawal.

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