For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Law course.
On the Law School preparation programme, students focus on and practise the skills necessary in a good law school and law firm interview. They are asked to consider different types of questions they might be asked in interviews, and how best to tackle them. They learn how to write a good legal essay and increase their commercial awareness in order to apply for relevant jobs and internships in the legal sector.
Students are guided through the process of writing a strong personal statement. Over the two weeks they draft their own statement in order to have a first or second draft of their statement ready by the time they leave ORA.
In addition, students look at the LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law), which is used by many universities to assess applicants. Students are introduced to the most important skills necessary to tackle the essay section of the test. They also look at the types of multiple choice questions asked on the exam, and get a chance to answer them under timed conditions.
Crown Court Visit
A particular highlight for our students is witnessing a criminal trial in London to experience advocacy first-hand and to gain a sense of what it is like to speak in court. Students will also get a chance to work in groups on a moot, which is an oral presentation of a legal argument against an opponent in the presence of a judge. Students will be given a set of facts, and research and prepare an argument on behalf of their (fictional) clients. Through the exercise students will practise their speech-writing and advocacy skills. The programme ends with a mock trial in which all students will play different roles.
This course aims to:
introduce students to law in the UK;
equip students with a variety of logic and argumentation skills and techniques that will enable them to construct convincing arguments both in essays and in oral debate;
familiarise students with the entry requirements to study Law at UK Universities.
By the end of the course students will have:
gained insight into what constitutes a strong application to study law at a UK university;
developed and practised their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills;
improved their interview technique and grown in confidence in their presentation skills;
gained an understanding of contract, commercial and business law in the UK;
strengthened their public speaking and debating skills;
developed their confidence in presenting their arguments in a range of different contexts.
Transferable Life Skills
- developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
- confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
- responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
- communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.
Whom is the Law School Preparation course for?
The Law School Preparation course is designed for students who aspire to study Law at university. It’s usually the case that assertive students who enjoy debating, particularly in a formal setting, are encouraged to study Law at university. However, while such students are often suited to the type of work required of barristers, they are not the only students who do well in such a career. Students who find the intricacies of the law and the ways in which our society is arranged to be of interest, even if they are not enthusiastic debaters, should consider Law as an option for their future career.
As such, although this course is primarily intended for those who have already decided that they want to apply to study Law at university, it is also suitable for students who are currently in the process of deciding what they want to study, or whether studying Law in the UK would suit them. This course enables students to try out what it’s like to study Law, including important elements of a university-style course such as mooting (the process of staging a mock trial) and looking at the wide range of topics that come under the purview of the law.
How will the Law School Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions?
The Law School Preparation course has been carefully designed to help you in every aspect of the road to law school.
A realistic impression of law school
From films like ‘Legally Blonde’ to bizarre urban myths passed around on student forums, it’s very easy to get a false impression of what the undergraduate study of law consists of, and, more generally, what life at law school is actually like. Law School Preparation will provide students with an introduction to the legal concepts that they will encounter, such as Business Law, Contract Law and Criminal Law, and an impression of how these topics are taught in an undergraduate setting.
This means that students who have taken the Law School Preparation course will be able to approach applications to law school from a position of greater understanding. Additionally, having become acclimatised to the way law is studied at university, they will be ready to work in the right way from their first day at law school, gaining a head-start over peers who may still be settling in.
Practise for the LNAT
The LNAT is an aptitude test used by eight of the best UK universities in order to differentiate between top candidates, particularly in the assessment of logical reasoning skills and reading comprehension. Universities requiring the LNAT include Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, King’s College London, Nottingham, Oxford and University College London. With candidates’ average scores rising every year, preparing well for this test is becoming ever more important. This course helps students improve their LNAT scores by talking through what the test requires, looking at sample questions and practising under exam conditions, so that when students come to take the LNAT for real, they will be familiar and comfortable with its requirements, and thus ready to do well.
Learn about UCAS applications
For non-UK applicants, the UCAS university application system can be very confusing. Guidance on which combination of universities to apply to and how to write a good personal statement can vary widely, and it can be hard to tell when it is reliable and when not. Our expert teachers know what it takes to get accepted at law school through the UCAS system, and you can be sure that their advice will stand you in good stead when you begin the application process.
One aspect of the Law School Preparation course is working on your personal statement. The personal statement is often considered the most challenging part of the UCAS application process. It’s a 40-line statement, written by the student, laying out why they want to study their chosen course and what makes them suited to it – a task that many students find very hard to achieve. On the Law School Preparation course, you’ll learn what makes a good personal statement, have the opportunity to read successful personal statements and draft your own personal statement under our teachers’ guidance.
UCAS also allows students to apply to only five universities per application cycle, which means that the universities students apply to must be chosen carefully. Again, our teachers will be able to advise students on which courses at which universities might suit them best, and which they would be best off targeting given their academic performance and their interests. This helps students avoid ‘wasting’ a UCAS space on a university that would not be right for them, so that they apply to five universities that they are right for and that are right for them, maximising their chances of success.
Gain interview skills
While most universities don’t interview for law, it’s important to be properly prepared if you’re applying to those that do – and even if you’re not, interview skills will be vital when you graduate and enter the competitive world of applying to law firms for a training contract.
During your time on the Law School Preparation course, you’ll be taking part in discussion and debate on a daily basis, giving you practice in airing your views in front of an audience of your peers and a qualified teacher, which will increase your confidence and skills in public speaking. You’ll have the chance to take part in a mock interview to hone interview-specific skills, too, which will also give you valuable experience of the style of questions you can expect from a law school interview. What’s more, the material you will cover on the course will be a helpful source of information for interview discussions, both in terms of the detail of the law that you will cover and in terms of broader issues, such as the impact of ethical dilemmas on the law and the way the law interacts with different ethical systems.
Why attend the Law School Preparation course now?
If you’re aged 16-18, now is the time to act if you want to improve your chances of getting into law school. Most people choose to apply to UCAS in the last year of school, so it’s valuable to learn about the process before you reach this stage, in order to have plenty of time to gather the relevant experience for your personal statement, to read around the topic for your interview and to research possible university options for your application.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford and Cambridge courses. In 2017, attendees came from 135 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the Law School Preparation programme, students from 42 nations attended.
Timetable for students aged 16 to 18
Our Teaching Faculty
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.
Guest Lectures and Debates
At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Law School Preparation Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.
Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:
- Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Our team of Counsellors will be on hand to advise you (or to do it for you!).
- Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your College! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
- Cultural tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at a UK university, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the country’s most famous sites. You will also have the chance to visit Oxford, Cambridge and London museums.
- Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.
The events and entertainment on offer at our campuses don’t stop when the sun starts to go down! The following will be available to every student on our Law School Preparation Programme:
- Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your College!
- Karaoke night: grab your friends and sing along to the latest hits!
- Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and the Olympics are examples of past themes.
- Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay with Oxford Royale Academy!
Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. Students studying ORA’s Law School Preparation programme will get the chance to live and study in the historic cities of Oxford or Cambridge. This course is residential in St Catherine’s College (Oxford), Yarnton Manor (Oxford), and Clare College (Cambridge). St Catherine’s College, affectionately known as “St Catz”, is the youngest of Oxford’s undergraduate colleges. The College is a short walk from the city centre and best known for its architecture, designed by Arne Jacobsen. Yarnton Manor is ORA’s very own 17th-century manor house situated in the picturesque countryside just north of Oxford. Though only a stone’s throw from the city, Yarnton has a friendly and secluded feel. Clare College is known for its breathtaking architecture and historic quadrangles. It also boasts an enviable riverside location, its grounds comprising part of the iconic ‘Backs’ curving alongside the River Cam.
Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:
- Over 20 taught hours per week
- Study files and materials
- Guest lectures from academic speakers
- Personalised academic reports
- Course certificate after graduation
- Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
- 2 coach excursions per course
- Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
- Accommodation in Oxford or Cambridge
- Breakfast and Dinner included
- Free WiFi (subject to availability)
- Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
- Private Medical / Travel insurance
- ORA T-shirt
- ID badge and lanyard
- Welcome and arrival packs
- Year group photo
- Course memento photos
- ORA notebook
The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the centres at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:
Some lessons on the Law School Preparation Programme take place in the Colleges; others are held at nearby venues in the city. Students who are required to travel to alternative venues are escorted by Counsellors on the first day, so they know how to get there safely and on time.
Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
ORA offers coach transfers between all of our campuses and London airports, for an extra charge. For more information, please click here.
Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students aged 16-18 from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.
Welcome Reception and Graduation
Parents / family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical and Dietary Information
All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.
Eligibility and Pre-requisites
Students on the Law School Preparation Programme:
- Must conform to our Age Policy.
- Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on email@example.com and they will be able to assist you.
- Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
Dates, Fees and Locations
|Course Length||Course Dates||Course Fees||Location|
|1 Jul – 14 Jul||4,495 GBP|| St Catherine’s College, Clare College (Cambridge)|
|15 Jul – 28 Jul||4,495 GBP|| St Catherine’s College, Clare College (Cambridge)|
|29 Jul – 11 Aug||4,495 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|12 Aug – 25 Aug||4,495 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Law School Preparation programme for 2018 is online. You will need full details of the student and, if different, the customer responsible for paying the fees, as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 795.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).
To get started, please click the link below – you will be asked to choose the date that you would like to study the course.
If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:
- Scan and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to +44 (0) 845 130 01 22
- Post to the address below
For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 795.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.