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United Kingdom: Pre-Law and International Law Program at the University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Cost Fall,
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Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: Variable Faculty Leader: Joe Hagan
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United Kingdom: Pre-Law and International Law Program at the University of Manchester
londonWest Virginia University has, via its Department of Political Science, entered into a “partnership” with the School of Law at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.   This arrangement permits qualified WVU students to enroll in the University as full time students and attend their School of Law for a semester or even a full year.  Note, in contrast to the study of law in the U.S., law is an undergraduate degree in the UK, and Manchester’s “Pre-Law Pathway for U.S. Students” permits well-prepared WVU students to enroll directly into their law courses at all levels.   The special benefit of WVU’s partnership with the University of Manchester School of Law is that it allows WVU students to apply their financial aid and scholarships (including “Promise”) to covering the costs of tuition and housing at the University of Manchester.  

Note: students must apply through WVU's Office of International Programs and they must meet specific course requirments set by the Political Science Department and International Studies Program.   The program is otherwise open to any students in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.


City: Manchester

Country: United Kingdom

Population: 514,417

Information: Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield Conservation Area’s 18th-century canal system harks back to the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and you can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now houses the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry cultural centre.

Places of Interest:
Museum of Science and Industry
John Rylands Library
Wheel of Manchester


Manchester Course Opportunities and Offerings.  Although open to any student in the Eberly College of Arts and Science, the program is particularly relevant to Political Science and International Studies majors with interests in pre-law/legal studies and/or comparative politics and international relations.  Two sorts of courses are offered.   First, for pre-law students intent on going onto to law school, the Manchester semester can provide an initial experience studying law and an opportunity to take such core analytic law courses as “torts” or “contracts,” as well as classes in criminal law, British legal tradition, and jurisprudence.  Also attractive to pre-law students are relatively substantive course on the legal dimensions of policy in such areas as the environmental, intellectual property, medical ethics, consumer rights, gender and sexuality, as well as broader classes such as “law, literature, and art”   Second, for students interested international relations (and planning to attend graduate school in international affairs), the Manchester program offers substantive courses on such topics as European institutions, international law, international human rights, ethics in war and warfare, and international courts and tribunals.  

Manchester law courses are offered at three levels: “Level 1,” “Level 2,” “Level 3" courses.   The Manchester program is structured in way that requires students to take three courses during a single semester, each of which is worth 20 Manchester credits (and transfer back as five WVU credits).     The more basic courses are offered at the first two levels, and these include most of the core analytic and legal methods law courses.   The more substantive law courses on domestic policy and international affairs are offered at “Level 3".   Note: WVU students can also elect to take one of their three courses in the Political Science Department or any other departments at Manchester University.


Professor Joe Hagan teaches courses in foreign policy and international relations, including a core undergraduate class on the “The Politics of War and Peace” and undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative foreign policy analysis. He serves as the director of the International Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. His research examines the domestic political sources of foreign policy as they relate to war, peace, and change in international politics. He is the author of Political Opposition and Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective (Lynne Rienner, 1993), co-editor of Foreign Policy Restructuring: How Governments Respond to Global Change (South Carolina, 1994), and co-editor of Leaders, Groups, and Coalitions: Understanding the People and Processes in Foreign Policy(Blackwell Press, 2001). His research has appeared in such journals as Cooperation and Conflict, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Studies Review, Mershon International Studies Review (ISQ supplement), and International Interactions as well as in several edited volumes on comparative foreign policy analysis. He has received both the WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award and the WVU Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, as well as the Outstanding Teacher and Researcher awards from the Eberly College. Dr. Hagan was a recipient of a 1993 Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard University, and he served as program chair of the 1999 annual conference of the International Studies Association, Washington, DC.


Total Cost:  $15,900.00
* Tuition
* Lodging
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the all programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU On-Campus Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April for Fall programs and mid-November for Spring programs, students will receive correspondence from OIP with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at (304) 293-4006.


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