From films like Legally Blonde to bizarre urban myths passed around on student forums, it is 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 studying Law at university, 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.
The course introduces students to the intricate details of Law in the UK, including Criminal Law, the Laws of Tort, Contract Employment and Human Rights. It equips students with a strong set of logical and argumentative skills, alongside techniques that enable them to construct convincing arguments both in essays and in oral debate.
During their time on the Law School Preparation course, students take part in discussions and debates on a daily basis, allowing them to practise expressing their views and creating arguments in front of an audience of their peers and a qualified teacher. Students cover both academic legal topics, including criminal law, human rights law, the law of tort and more, as well as wider contemporary issues encompassed by the law, such as euthanasia, freedom of speech, the powers of the press and other key current affairs topics.
In addition, students are provided with dedicated support for UK Law school applications, including assistance in interview prep, the LNAT (the exam required by most top UK Law schools) and in drafting personal statements.
By the end of the course students will:
Our expert teachers will guide students through the UCAS Application system, writing an effective personal statement, preparing for an admissions interview and the LNAT exam processes.
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 also 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.
A particular highlight for our students is witnessing a criminal trial 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.
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||Week 2|
|Monday||Lesson 1: Introduction||Lesson 12: Writing personal statements and feedback|
|Lesson 2: Legal resources and essay writing||Lesson 13: Introduction to the Criminal Law Case Study|
|Lesson 3: LNAT Exam|
|Tuesday||Lesson 4: Introduction to Criminal Law||Lesson 14: Introduction to the Law of Tort|
|Lesson 5: LNAT MCQs|
|Wednesday||Lesson 6:Interviews and Current Affairs||Lesson 15: Court visit field trip|
|Lesson 7: Constitutional Law|
|Lesson 8: Public Speaking and Debating|
|Thursday||Lesson 9: Personal Statement and application forms||Lesson 16: Family and Medical Law|
|Friday||Lesson 10 Introduction to Contract Law||Lesson 17: Introduction to Human Rights Law|
|Lesson 11: Debating||Lesson 18: Advocacy and Mock Trial|
|Lesson 19: Advocacy and Mock Trial|
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