Overview of course
- July 9th 2017 – July 22nd 2017
- July 23rd 2017 – August 5th 2017
- August 6th 2017 – August 19th 2017
- Residential in a central University of Cambridge college
- Classes designed and taught by University tutors
- A variety of carefully planned skills workshops
- Dedicated university and subject specific advice
- Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars
- Diverse range of international participants
- Participant Assessment
- Certificate of Participation
Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities.
The Cambridge Immerse Law course is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. Students are taught university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand.
The Cambridge Immerse Law course is perfect for those considering Law or Jurisprudence at university level and do not have any formal academic experience of Law. In addition to providing students with a grounding in the key theoretical and practical tenets of Law, the course focuses upon particular skills that are vital to the study of Law at university, including the ability to form logical and coherent arguments, and the features of effective debate. In addition, the Law programme provides insights into the theoretical frameworks of key fields of law, including criminal law, international law and corporate law, as well as exploring fascinating cases and notable developments within each field.
Please note that no prior knowledge or experience of Law / Jurisprudence is required or presupposed.
Academic Content & Learning Objectives
The Cambridge Immerse Law Course focuses on providing participants with an introduction to key legal principles in a variety of different contexts. In particular, participants are required to consider legal issues arising from fields including constitutional law, tort law, public international law and human rights law.
In addition to merely learning relevant legal principles, participants are also encouraged to apply those principles to practical situations and also to critically consider whether the current state of such law is satisfactory and how it could be improved in the future. To assess the progress made by participants, each student is required to give a short oral presentation to the class on a legal topic of their choice, to answer a number of questions on that presentation from other course participants and to produce a one page handout to be distributed to other students during the presentation.
The Cambridge Immerse Law course is perfect for those considering Law or Jurisprudence at university level. In addition to providing students with a grounding in the key theoretical and practical tenets of Law, the course focuses upon particular skills that are vital to the study of Law at university, including the ability to form logical and coherent arguments, and the features of effective debate.
Please note that no prior knowledge or experience of Law / Jurisprudence is required or presupposed.
This topic is taught because constitutional law is a core first year module in a standard undergraduate law degree in England and Wales. An understanding of this field is also considered to provide participants with knowledge of how the institutions of State operate in the UK and thus to improve their wider understanding of the democratic process.
The morning class will introduce the various pieces of the constitutional apparatus that presently exists in the UK and the key principles that guide their operation such as parliamentary sovereignty, the separation of powers and the rule of law. It will then go on to consider the legal relationships that exist between the UK and the European Union and also between the UK and its devolved constitutional structures which presently operate in Scotland, Wales and in Northern Ireland respectively.
The afternoon class will invite participants to critically consider a variety of the issues raised above. Issues analysed will include the extent to which the UK is developing a more federal structure and how far the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty remains operational. To aid such analysis, participants will be required to discuss a series of problem based and essay style questions with both the tutor and other class members.
Although human rights law is not a core module in a standard undergraduate law degree in England and Wales it is taught on this programme as the topic is a key part of the constitutional law module and is also of increasing importance across all other fields of law given the entry into force of the Human Rights Act 1998 on October 2nd 2000. The extent of such rights protection is also presently a deeply controversial political issue.
The morning class will introduce the various elements of human rights protection that currently exist in the UK, namely the common law, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. Participants will be encouraged to consider the scope of such legislation as well as the substantive rights protected. The class will conclude by considering how a variety of the rights protected by the HRA 1998 have been given effect to by the Courts. The rights analysed include Art 2 which protects the right to life, Art 3 which prohibits torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, Art 8 which protects the right to respect for home and family life and Art 10 which protects the right to freedom of expression.
The afternoon class will invite participants to critically consider a variety of the issues raised above. Issues analysed will include how different rights are given effect to by the Courts and whether there are currently any gaps in human rights protection in this jurisdiction. To aid such analysis, participants will be required to discuss a series of problem based and essay style questions with both the tutor and other class members.
In the morning class participants will consider a variety of different issues concerning international law including its historical development, its primary institutions, the powers of those institutions and their available legal instruments. The morning class will conclude by analysing the relationship between the international and national legal systems in respect of a variety of different States such as the UK, Australia and the United States.
The afternoon class will invite participants to critically consider a variety of the issues raised above. Issues which will be analysed include the extent to which the international legal order contains similar legal structures to national legal orders and whether international law is in fact law at all. To aid such analysis, participants will be required to discuss a series of problem based and essay style questions with both the tutor and other class members. These questions will be distributed in advance.
Visit to Cambridge Magistrates’ Court
One of the excursions arranged for participants opting to study Law is a visit to either Cambridge Magistrates’ Court or Cambridge Crown Court.
You’ll have the opportunity to experience advocacy and the practical side of law, which complements studying the subject as an academic discipline. You will also get to observe barristers presenting legal arguments, and to gain a sense of what it is like to speak in court.
Following this, the tutor will run a cross examination workshop. After a period of instruction on the subject, each participant will have the opportunity to practice cross-examining a witness and thus to develop their skills in this area. In each case, students will receive constructive feedback on their work.
The LNAT is an aptitude test used by leading universities in the United Kingdom in order to differentiate between top candidates. These universities include UCL, Oxford, Nottingham, King’s College London, Glasgow, Durham, Bristol and Birmingham.
The test comprises the assessment of logical reasoning skills and reading comprehension, and preparing well for this test is becoming increasingly important. The LNAT workshop helps students improve their LNAT scores by exploring the requirements of the test, examining sample questions and practising these under exam conditions so that when participants take the test, they will be familiar with the requirements.
We offer participants a choice of a range of subjects, from the arts to the sciences. All the subjects taught at Cambridge Immerse are taught by current or past tutors of Cambridge University or Oxford University. Our rigorous vetting process ensures that all students are taught by tutors who are engaging and supportive - and most of all, enthusiastic to share their expertise.
Our philosophy is that our participants should be challenged with interesting academic concepts; whilst our tutors create a welcoming and supportive environment in which our participants feel comfortable and thrive.
You will be encouraged to delve into and explore the current debates and issues within your chosen discipline in carefully planned classes that emulate the unique Oxbridge system of tutor-student engagement and debate. This is an approach that goes beyond the superficial and provides unique insights that are both refreshing and intellectually stimulating.
What is certain is that you will emerge undoubtedly far more confident and knowledgeable in your chosen discipline, tackling challenging yet interesting topics that we hope will further your academic passions. Students can now opt to study up to two subjects during the programme. Subjects that we offer include:
Throughout the programme, our tutors monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. After the programme, a Participant Assessment is written by the tutor, evaluating participant progress and also making recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.
Interview Skills Workshops (Optional)
Within our carefully designed interview skills workshops, students will gain an insight into the core skills required to successfully articulate their viewpoints in a pressured environment. These workshops focus upon developing the confidence and intellectual tenacity required to tackle some of the key questions that might be asked during interview, in addition to addressing debates surrounding some of the most pertinent issues within the discipline at the moment. The Interview Skills workshops are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Personal Statement Consultations (Optional)
Over the duration of the Cambridge Immerse course, students will have the opportunity to develop drafts of their personal statements required for access to universities across the world with the expertise and assistance of the trained mentor team. Students learn techniques to concisely express their interest in a particular discipline, crafting a compelling personal statement that showcases achievements and interest in a subject. The Personal Statement consultations are included within the programme fee, though attendance is optional.
Cambridge Immerse provides a truly immersive experience of university life. Not only will you discover and further your academic interests, you will also delve into the exciting and often fascinating spectrum of cultural activities available in Cambridge. The opportunity to experience daily organised excursions also allows the chance to socialise with like-minded peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and to quickly familiarise yourself with the city.
Activities organised as part of the programme include:
- A summer’s afternoon punting down the River Cam, a quintessential Cambridge affair.
- A day trip to Oxford, the home of Cambridge University’s arch ‘rival’.
- Formal dining in Cambridge’s famous medieval banquet halls.
Visit our activities page to view the full range of subjects that we offer.
The Cambridge Immerse schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.
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.
Unrivalled support system
We place a huge emphasis on creating a supportive and approachable environment at Cambridge Immerse. Our mentors are a team of friendly, specially trained graduates and undergraduates from Cambridge University, who help our participants quickly settle into the programme. The mentors have first hand experience with a variety of academic and non-academic issues and are therefore in the best position to offer friendly, confidential one-to-one advice. It’s an unrivalled support network that we’re incredibly proud of.
Mentors have studied a range of disciplines, allowing them to share their own insights and experiences of their academic careers. Each participant is also assigned a mentor, at a ratio of six students to one mentor, all of whom are enthusiastic to help participants to help create a ‘home away from home’.
Cambridge Immerse takes place in Cambridge University’s most stunning and historic centrally located colleges. To find out which college you will be accommodated in, contact us.
All participants will be accommodated in their own individual bedrooms, equipped with high speed internet access. Corridors or staircases separate male and female students, and bathrooms are en-suite or shared between just a few participants. The college site is secured and monitored at all times. Visit our ‘Campus’ page for further information.
Travel Information: The fee for Cambridge Immerse is not inclusive of travel to Cambridge. There are several transport options available, including arriving in Cambridge by rail, coach or flight. Please contact us if you need assistance planning your journey to Cambridge.
For international participants, we arrange a shared airport transfer service from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge. Dedicated staff members meet the participants at the airport terminal of their arrival. Participants are able to book this service once they have secured their place on the programme.
Medical and Dietary Requirements: We are able to cater for most dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, nut allergies, halal, kosher); please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure if we can cater for your dietary requirements. Breakfast and evening meals are included in Cambridge Immerse, and participants are expected to make their own provisions for lunch at various delicious eateries around Cambridge.
Other information: Students must be aged between 16-18 at the time of attendance in 2017. Students are expected to be fluent / near-fluent in English.
Participate in 2017
Cambridge Immerse is a residential summer course consisting of outstanding academic classes, excellent skills workshops and exciting extracurricular activities in the historic university city of Cambridge. Cambridge Immerse runs in the following 2 week sessions:
- Early July Session: 9th July - 22nd July 2017
- Session 1: 23rd July – 5th August 2017
- Session 2: 6th August – 19th August 2017
We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions prior to booking your place. For the fastest response to your enquiry, please email:
Take a look at what our students have to say about the Law programme
Attending Cambridge Immerse has taught me invaluable lessons that go beyond the framework of classroom learning. I feel that after two weeks I have developed both intellectually and as a person in general, a result of the rapid pace of teaching and the fantastically motivated group of peers I learned alongside. – Sophie, United Kingdom