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how the government handled it was illuminating,” said Vuletich. “The parties and government efficiently handled the transition of authority from David Cameron to Theresa May quickly, calmly and smoothly. The students compared this to how our presidential election cycle is handled, and came away with much respect for parliamentary or a multi-party systems. Many of them expressed that that it is time for the United States to move away from a two-party system.” “It was interesting to see how many of our law students were asked their opinion on the U.S. Presidential election,” stated Professor Vuletich. “It appeared that citizens in the U.K. were much more knowledgeable about the United States than we were on the U.K. I was surprised at the degree of detail and familiarity they have with U.S. politics. They were particularly interested in our views on Donald Trump,” said Professor Vuletich. “He was the subject of many cross-cultural conversations.”

“We made new friends in Oxford that we were sad in leaving behind. But each of us is richer for having borne witness to history in the making and seeing how our legal system and government can endure with the ages – if we all do our part to care for it.” PROFESSOR VICTORIA VULETICH

Another highlight for the students was the tour of the Middle Temple Inn of Court in London. The students dined in the Middle Temple Hall, constructed in 1573, and students learned that Queen Elizabeth liked to visit the hall and socialize with attorneys. The students also learned of the multitude of Middle Temple members who were involved in establishing the United States of America. The Middle Temple suffered heavily from bombing during World War II and the architectural impact of the bombing was part of the tour. “It was a powerful, visible reminder that the rule of law can, and probably must, endure many challenges to support freedom and serve the people,” Vuletich noted. “One of the highlights for me was the portrait of the barrister who argued the Carbolic Smoke Ball case, which I am sure many attorneys of my generation read in law school. It made that old case from law school leap from the pages of a textbook and come alive. In his portrait I could see the defeats, victories and day-to-day drudgery that mark the life of attorneys everywhere.” The six weeks was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students and Vuletich. “We had such fun learning, exploring and living together. During the last week, we gathered under the famous Bridge of Sighs, at Hertford College, for a group picture. We were all wearing our Oxford shirts and hoodies. Our smiles were tinged with melancholy by the realization that in a few days it would all be a memory and we would scatter to our former lives all over the United States.”


Benchmark | Winter 2016