LAW

Law Summer School in Cambridge

LAW

Academic exploration for 13-15 years old

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Law
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK
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Summary

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The Immerse Law summer programme is a fun, introductory course that allows you to experience the law in action. It is geared toward students with a wide range of interests and goals who want to develop critical thinking skills through studying the law in an exciting, interactive learning environment.

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The programme will give you an overview of the study of law and its many facets. You’ll learn about constitutional law, criminal law, and human rights law to expand your thinking about the scope of the law and give you the opportunity to discuss real-world issues. You’ll develop problem-solving skills as you work closely with your tutor and a small class of fellow students to examine case studies and analyse the current legal system in the UK. You’ll hone your ability to logically defend your opinion and argue your case as you engage your classmates in debates. You’ll observe barristers on a trip to the Cambridge Magistrates’ Court and put your new knowledge and skills into action in a mock trial. The collaborative style and hands-on experience provide the perfect climate for a summer of immersive learning about the law.

Summary

The Immerse Law summer programme is a fun, introductory course that allows you to experience the law in action. It is geared toward students with a wide range of interests and goals who want to develop critical thinking skills through studying the law in an exciting, interactive learning environment.

The programme will give you an overview of the study of law and its many facets. You’ll learn about constitutional law, criminal law, and human rights law to expand your thinking about the scope of the law and give you the opportunity to discuss real-world issues. You’ll develop problem-solving skills as you work closely with your tutor and a small class of fellow students to examine case studies and analyse the current legal system in the UK. You’ll hone your ability to logically defend your opinion and argue your case as you engage your classmates in debates. You’ll observe barristers on a trip to the Cambridge Magistrates’ Court and put your new knowledge and skills into action in a mock trial. The collaborative style and hands-on experience provide the perfect climate for a summer of immersive learning about the law.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Key Facts

Study the legal system in England and Wales and understand different careers in the field

Gain an introduction to the specific fields of law taught in a law undergraduate degree

Examine the legal implications of controversial political issues, like the right to freedom of expression

Debate questions like the difference between rules, morals, and laws to develop critical thinking skills

Observe the law in action at the Cambridge Magistrate’s Court

Participate in a mock trial, including preparing arguments and cross-examining a witness

Topics Covered

This Immerse Law programme is designed to allow you to extensively explore the world of law. In your study of constitutional law, you will examine the constitutional apparatus that exists in the UK, and the UK’s relationship with the European Union. You will analyse the Human Rights Act and the fundamental rights it protects, such as the right to life, the right to respect for home and family life, and the right to freedom of expression. Your investigation into criminal law will include case studies to illustrate the difference between charges of manslaughter, murder, and grievous bodily harm. You will study the legal profession as a whole and discuss its modern-day challenges, such as the defensibility of the current division of labour between solicitors and barristers, and whether a continued system of legal aid is important enough to justify its cost. You’ll be both challenged and supported as you study these topics and more, and explore the complex and fascinating world of the law.

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Below you’ll find a list of topics that you’ll explore in detail with your peers/class:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Tort Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • The Legal Profession

Topics Covered

This Immerse Law programme is designed to allow you to extensively explore the world of law. In your study of constitutional law, you will examine the constitutional apparatus that exists in the UK, and the UK’s relationship with the European Union. You will analyse the Human Rights Act and the fundamental rights it protects, such as the right to life, the right to respect for home and family life, and the right to freedom of expression. Your investigation into criminal law will include case studies to illustrate the difference between charges of manslaughter, murder, and grievous bodily harm. You will study the legal profession as a whole and discuss its modern-day challenges, such as the defensibility of the current division of labour between solicitors and barristers, and whether a continued system of legal aid is important enough to justify its cost. You’ll be both challenged and supported as you study these topics and more, and explore the complex and fascinating world of the law.

Below you’ll find a list of topics that you’ll explore in detail with your peers/class:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Tort Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • The Legal Profession

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

Course Outcomes

The Immerse Law programme has two main objectives: first, we want to give you a high-level understanding of what is studied in a UK law degree. You’ll study constitutional law to deepen your understanding of its principles, such as parliamentary sovereignty, the separation of powers, and the rule of law. An introduction to tort law will spark discussions about negligence and who holds the duty of care in situations like wrongful birth and psychiatric injury suits. Studying human rights law will provide an opportunity to evaluate the scope and effectiveness of the laws that protect our human rights. As you develop your understanding of criminal law, you will prepare opinions and arguments about whether “loss of self-control” is a valid criminal defence that should result in conviction for a lesser charge.

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Secondly, we want you to interact with the details of how legal questions play out in real life. The law isn’t just theory — it’s practice! Class discussions, feedback from your tutor, analysing the logic of one another’s arguments and opinions, and personal observation on field trips and participation in the mock trial will give you the experience of thinking and acting like someone in the legal profession.

In completing the course, students will:

  • Understand the field of constitutional law and how the democratic process works in practice
  • Appreciate the complex questions of tort law as you discuss issues related to negligence, like wrongful birth and psychiatric injury
  • Evaluate the laws that protect human rights in terms of their scope and effectiveness
  • Critically examine issues related to the European Union, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights and general principles of EU law
  • Analyse criminal law concerning fatal and non-fatal incidents such as murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, and assault and battery
  • Answer the question: Does international law actually constitute law?
  • Gain real-world experience observing the Cambridge Magistrate’s Court
  • Complete an in-class mock trial to put all of the learning into action

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Course Outcomes

The Immerse Law programme has two main objectives: first, we want to give you a high-level understanding of what is studied in a UK law degree. You’ll study constitutional law to deepen your understanding of its principles, such as parliamentary sovereignty, the separation of powers, and the rule of law. An introduction to tort law will spark discussions about negligence and who holds the duty of care in situations like wrongful birth and psychiatric injury suits. Studying human rights law will provide an opportunity to evaluate the scope and effectiveness of the laws that protect our human rights. As you develop your understanding of criminal law, you will prepare opinions and arguments about whether “loss of self-control” is a valid criminal defence that should result in conviction for a lesser charge.

Secondly, we want you to interact with the details of how legal questions play out in real life. The law isn’t just theory — it’s practice! Class discussions, feedback from your tutor, analysing the logic of one another’s arguments and opinions, and personal observation on field trips and participation in the mock trial will give you the experience of thinking and acting like someone in the legal profession.

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In completing the course, students will:

  • Understand the field of constitutional law and how the democratic process works in practice
  • Appreciate the complex questions of tort law as you discuss issues related to negligence, like wrongful birth and psychiatric injury
  • Evaluate the laws that protect human rights in terms of their scope and effectiveness
  • Critically examine issues related to the European Union, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights and general principles of EU law
  • Analyse criminal law concerning fatal and non-fatal incidents such as murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, and assault and battery
  • Answer the question: Does international law actually constitute law?
  • Gain real-world experience observing the Cambridge Magistrate’s Court
  • Complete an in-class mock trial to put all of the learning into action

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Request Further Information


Ready to enrol?

The Law Summer School is available on the following dates:

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

The Law Programme takes place in the following locations

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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Founded in 1448

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Fitzwilliam College
University of Cambridge

Fitzwilliam has existed since 1869 was only recognised as a college from 1966. It counts 11 Olympians among its alumni.

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Founded in 1966

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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