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Introduction to Law Ages 13-15

Cambridge Summer School 2019
Also available in Oxford


A perfect Law summer course for students aged 13-15 considering future studies or a career in Law, residential in a college of Cambridge University.

Oxford Royale also offers a Law School Preparation Programme for ages 16-18

2 weeks | Available July 2019

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's law faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 135 nationalities in 2018
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

The Introduction to Law course from Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect programme for any student considering future studies or a career in Law. During two weeks of interactive study and discussion, students on the course will be introduced to a variety of different fields within the discipline.

The overall aim of this programme - available in both Oxford and Cambridge for the first time in 2019 - is to provide participants with an initial advantage as they start their journey towards becoming a lawyer. The focus of the course is on assessing and evaluating the role of Law in society whilst appreciating its foundations and the core theoretical values of the discipline. Students will be introduced to multiple legal strands, including Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Tort Law.

A group project will enable students to develop key skills for a career in Law, whilst a mock trial in class will provide practical experience of the sector. Pupils will also explore the skills and tasks required by the legal profession in order to assess whether they themselves would be suited to such a career in the future.

What to expect from the Introduction to Law course

13-15-year-olds on the course are exposed to an interactive and engaging approach, using classroom debates, group tasks and role-play exercises to engage students in all aspects of the legal landscape. Students also have the chance to participate in a mock classroom-based trial of their own, putting their newfound knowledge into practice.

A key element of the course focuses on interlinking fascinating case studies with complex ethical and philosophical principles that form the foundation of Modern Law. This approach ensures an extensive and coherent teaching of the discipline and a comprehensive knowledge of Law for students at the end of the course.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • An early insight into life as a Law student at university or college
  • Developed key skills for success in Law through a group project
  • Been introduced to a variety of different fields within Law
  • Participated in a mock classroom-based trial

Topics covered


  • The interrelation of a society’s values and the laws which it supports, including social, political, economic and environmental factors
  • The core principles surrounding the formation of laws, legislature and legal systems
  • The application and interpretation of Law in the courtroom
  • The application of morality and philosophy to Criminal Law
  • The progression of International Law and its scope in the modern world
  • The importance of contracts will be discussed in relation to the daily interactions of a society and the world of commerce
  • The role of the Law in the family unit, including issues such as divorce, custody rights and medical treatment
  • The rise of the internet and the evolution of its use and regulation

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction and Values
Lesson 2: Values and the Law
Lesson 3: Values and the Law
Lesson 11: Contract Law
Lesson 12: Negotiation
Lesson 13: Essay Writing
Tuesday Lesson 4: The constitution
Lesson 5: The constitution and human rights
Lesson 14: International Law
Lesson 15: International Law
Wednesday Field trip or guest speakers Lesson 16-18: Moot court
Thursday Lesson 6: Judges & Court
Lesson 7: UKSC vs SCOTUS
Lesson 19: EU Law
Lesson 20: BREXIT
Friday Lesson 8: Interpreting the Law & Legal Research
Lesson 9: Criminal Law
Lesson 10: The Death Penalty
Lesson 21: Family Law
Lesson 22: Family Law cont.
Lesson 23: Becoming a Lawyer

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are considering future studies or a career in Law.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • 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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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.

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 & 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.

Coach Excursions

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 at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK. O

Extra-curricular Activities

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.

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