LAW

Law Summer School in Cambridge

LAW

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

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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Designed for aspiring undergraduate students between 16–18 years old, the Immerse Law programme offers participants an exciting glimpse into the life of a university Law student. During the programme, students will be introduced to Law as an academic discipline while looking at the everyday reality of the current legal system of England and Wales.

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For most students, the study of Law is completely new. Secondary school curriculums rarely touch on this challenging subject, meaning their initial year of undergraduate studies can feel challenging at first. This course serves to bridge that gap, helping students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge, theories, and concepts. By the end of the course, participants will have taken part in a comprehensive curriculum covering the essentials of constitutional, criminal, human rights, and EU law.

Outside of the classroom, learning is supported with planned activities and complimentary university preparation workshops. For example, students will leave the comfort of the lecture hall to see the law in action during a visit to the Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. Additionally, all programme participants are also invited to take advantage of a series of LNAT workshops where they’ll learn how to study for (and pass) the challenging Law National Aptitude Test.

Summary

Designed for aspiring undergraduate students between 16–18 years old, the Immerse Law programme offers participants an exciting glimpse into the life of a university Law student. During the programme, students will be introduced to Law as an academic discipline while looking at the everyday reality of the current legal system of England and Wales.

For most students, the study of Law is completely new. Secondary school curriculums rarely touch on this challenging subject, meaning their initial year of undergraduate studies can feel challenging at first. This course serves to bridge that gap, helping students build a solid foundation of essential knowledge, theories, and concepts. By the end of the course, participants will have taken part in a comprehensive curriculum covering the essentials of constitutional, criminal, human rights, and EU law.

Outside of the classroom, learning is supported with planned activities and complimentary university preparation workshops. For example, students will leave the comfort of the lecture hall to see the law in action during a visit to the Cambridge Magistrates’ Court. Additionally, all programme participants are also invited to take advantage of a series of LNAT workshops where they’ll learn how to study for (and pass) the challenging Law National Aptitude Test.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Key Facts

Get a first-look at core topics likely to be part of your first-year curriculum

Explore the interconnected history of UK, EU, and international law

Develop your unique voice as a lawyer, presenting original arguments during a mock trial

Visit a working courtroom to observe the law being practiced

Understand the complicated systems governing criminal law in England and Wales

Debate the controversial implications of continuing to practice tort law

Topics Covered

Built to challenge and inspire you, the Immerse Law programme is a diverse, stimulating look at the English legal system and the laws that structure modern society. You’ll start with an introduction to constitutional law, examining the legal relationships between the UK and its devolved constitutional structures of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Throughout the programme, new theory and knowledge will regularly be presented through the lens of current events and popular topics. For example, as you learn about the intricate network of laws governing the EU, you’ll discuss the role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the current relationship between the EU and the legal systems of its member states. Or, as you discuss the current legal system in this country, you’ll talk about the UK’s gradual move towards a more federal structure and the role of parliamentary sovereignty today.

Towards the end of the programme, you’ll get a chance to visit a working courtroom, observe barristers as they present legal arguments, and see firsthand what it’s like to speak in court. Back in the classroom, you’ll use this experience (and everything you’ve learned) as you participate in a mock trial with rest of your peers.

Topics Covered

Built to challenge and inspire you, the Immerse Law programme is a diverse, stimulating look at the English legal system and the laws that structure modern society. You’ll start with an introduction to constitutional law, examining the legal relationships between the UK and its devolved constitutional structures of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Throughout the programme, new theory and knowledge will regularly be presented through the lens of current events and popular topics. For example, as you learn about the intricate network of laws governing the EU, you’ll discuss the role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the current relationship between the EU and the legal systems of its member states. Or, as you discuss the current legal system in this country, you’ll talk about the UK’s gradual move towards a more federal structure and the role of parliamentary sovereignty today.

Towards the end of the programme, you’ll get a chance to visit a working courtroom, observe barristers as they present legal arguments, and see firsthand what it’s like to speak in court. Back in the classroom, you’ll use this experience (and everything you’ve learned) as you participate in a mock trial with rest of your peers.

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 goal of this programme is to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to better understand academic explorations of Law at a university level. Many of the modules in our curriculum will appear in students’ first and second years of university and have been carefully selected for this reason. Each day’s learning is supported by stimulating in-class debate, hands-on activities, and the guidance of expert tutors.

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In addition to teaching essential university-level topics, tutorials will also focus on the real-life challenges of practicing law, including the declining state of legal aid funding, contemporary legal business structures, and recent moves towards more equal participation. Participants will also be challenged to improve their essay writing and work together with their peers as they seek to defend original arguments. This an essential skill for anyone working with the law; one that students will find themselves relying on frequently throughout their careers.

Outside of these hard skills, the programme also encourages an exploration of participants’ own interpretations of the law. Students will be required to think about a number of challenging legal problems, particularly those concerning ethics, sentencing, and even the particularly complex challenges of human rights law.

During this programme students will:

  • Learn to formulate original arguments and coherently express complex lines of thought
  • Delve into the field of tort law, critically examining the concept of ‘duty of care’
  • Discuss the issues with our current division of labour between solicitors and barristers
  • Analyse how human rights are given legal protection in today’s courts
  • Consider the mechanics of sentencing, focusing specifically on the challenges surrounding murder/manslaughter cases
  • Learn what the LNAT involves, how universities use its data, and how best to prepare.
  • Examine the legal structure of the EU and its influence on our own democratic process
  • Work on a series of challenging problem, compose short essays, and discuss questions of ethics

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 goal of this programme is to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to better understand academic explorations of Law at a university level. Many of the modules in our curriculum will appear in students’ first and second years of university and have been carefully selected for this reason. Each day’s learning is supported by stimulating in-class debate, hands-on activities, and the guidance of expert tutors.

In addition to teaching essential university-level topics, tutorials will also focus on the real-life challenges of practicing law, including the declining state of legal aid funding, contemporary legal business structures, and recent moves towards more equal participation. Participants will also be challenged to improve their essay writing and work together with their peers as they seek to defend original arguments. This an essential skill for anyone working with the law; one that students will find themselves relying on frequently throughout their careers.

Outside of these hard skills, the programme also encourages an exploration of participants’ own interpretations of the law. Students will be required to think about a number of challenging legal problems, particularly those concerning ethics, sentencing, and even the particularly complex challenges of human rights law.

Cambridge Law Summer School

During this programme students will:

  • Learn to formulate original arguments and coherently express complex lines of thought
  • Delve into the field of tort law, critically examining the concept of ‘duty of care’
  • Discuss the issues with our current division of labour between solicitors and barristers
  • Analyse how human rights are given legal protection in today’s courts
  • Consider the mechanics of sentencing, focusing specifically on the challenges surrounding murder/manslaughter cases
  • Learn what the LNAT involves, how universities use its data, and how best to prepare.
  • Examine the legal structure of the EU and its influence on our own democratic process
  • Work on a series of challenging problem, compose short essays, and discuss questions of ethics

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:

7th – 20th July 2019

21st July – 3rd August 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

The Law Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

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

St. Catharine's College
University of Cambridge

Once a small college called 'Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge', St Catherine's is also known as 'Catz'.

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Founded in 1473

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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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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