2012 Oxford Summer Program

August 8, 2012 | By Rachel Smith, Class of 2014

I just returned from Oxford, and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was by far one of the best summers of my life.

I was drawn to the program because I had heard from many students who had gone previously say it was one of their favorite law school experiences. I have met people who graduated from OU 20 years ago who went to Oxford and still talk about how much they loved it. I knew I had to go.

I think one of the best things about Oxford is the sense of community. In the first year of law school, we’re divided up into sections, and you end up getting really close with your section. I’ll always love every single person in my section, but now the group of people that I’ve become so close to in law school has increased. I like to think of those that went to Oxford as their own “section.”

At Oxford, everyone does everything together. We eat, study and drink together. It is impossible not to get to know everyone, and I loved getting to know more members of my class. About 35 of us did this program, and we all spent a lot of time together. We got to know each other very well.

We also got to spend a lot of time with the professors, which is definitely one of the best parts of the program. I had multiple opportunities to hang out with Dean Harroz and Professors Gensler, Thai and Bogan – opportunities that would never have happened but for this program. It was such an amazing experience. I now feel closer not only to the students that went, but also to the professors.

We only had classes Monday through Thursday, so many of us got to travel to places like Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France during the long weekends. The classes were interesting, and it was nice to get some credit hours under my belt while in such an amazing setting.

Future students considering the Oxford Summer Program should know that this is an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Although I really missed America and things like free refills and ice, this experience was incredible. I will never forget it, and I could not be more thankful for the new friends (and legal education) that I gained while there.

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