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Oxford Law & Politics Summer School

Oxford Royale Summer School

Oxford Law & Politics Summer School (Ages 16-18)

The Oxford Law and Politics Summer School gives students the opportunity to examine the interconnection of law and politics, and take their first step to pursuing a legal career. Focused on emerging issues in these fields, the programme fosters discussion and debate through legal case studies and their ethical implications on issues ranging from human rights to globalisation, terrorism, trade, protectionism and access to resources.

Gain insight into Criminal and Civil Law, while exploring facets of Business Law, Contract Law, Ethics and Human Rights. Sharpen critical skills like public speaking, critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration. Network with like-minded students from across the world, and expert faculty as students explore the methods of social scientific inquiry. Students will demonstrate their practical skills as they build a case and convincing arguments in the Mock Trial Simulation.

Location Oxford
For Ages 16-18 years
Duration 2 weeks
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
  • 28th Jul to 10th Aug
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A Student taking notes at our Law Summer School

See our Law Programme in Action

Watch our Law Summer School trailer to see students taking part in a mock trial of a real murder case. Listen to students and teachers talk about how this will provide students with the key advocacy skills needed to become a lawyer, and transferable public speaking skills useful in any profession.

Oxford Royale Graduation

Watch our 16 to 18 graduation video to see our students celebrating everything they have achieved on campus at their Oxford Summer School. Experience the incredible venues, lifelong friendships and atmosphere of celebration for yourself.

Oxford Law and Politics Summer School Details

Our Oxford Law & Politics programme, developed by world-class subject experts, is the ideal way for students contemplating becoming a lawyer or elected official can gain hands-on experience, transferable skills, and global perspectives on legal and political systems.

With students joining us from over 175 countries, this is the perfect place to build a global network of aspiring lawyers and elected officials. Law and politics operate completely differently around the world, and so global perspectives on these topics offer students a unique opportunity to compare their function across the international community.

Students on our Law and Politics programme will gain important pre-university insight and build their academic skills by:

– Understanding the basic structure of the UK’s constitutional arrangements and comparing them to systems worldwide

– Learning the basic principles of contract, public, criminal, tort, and human rights law, and applying this to real-world case studies

– Critically analysing the democratic processes of the UK, and identifying its strengths and weaknesses

– Taking part in hands on mediation, negotiation and trial simulations to apply their knowledge

– Developing interpersonal and presentation skills working on group projects with peers

Our Oxford Law and Politics Programme will help your child gain transferable early professional and life skills, which they will learn by:

– Building communication skills and confidence through opportunities like group projects, mock trials, and our public speaking and debate society

– Meeting and working with a new network of ambitious, passionate, like-minded peers from around the world

– Independently exploring an incredible cultural destination whilst conducting personal research projects

Students on our Oxford Law and Politics Summer School will gain key insights into the field, allowing them to make decisions about their future by:

– Benefiting from hands-on exposure to political and legal processes

– Taking part in discussions of global challenges as part of an international community

– Developing analytical and advocacy skills

– Preparing their path to pursue a degree in Law and/or Politics at university

We never forget that this is a busy two weeks and your child is here to enjoy their summer. In between sessions of world-class academic learning, our students will take part in:

– Exciting social activities with their new friends, from karaoke to arts and crafts

– A wide range of sports including football, tennis, running club, and the Oxford Royale Olympics

– A weekend excursion on either Saturday to London in the UK, San Francisco in Berkeley, or New York in the USA

– Friday Night Party where students can enjoy a night of music and excitement with their new friends

– Formal Graduation ceremony and dinner, followed by an end-of-course party, where students can get dressed up and celebrate in style

Our students will be immersed in a real-world legal scenario, allowing them to apply their understanding of law and politics in the context of a mock murder trial. This will enhance students’ analytical, communication, and teamwork skills.

This is a full day challenge on the final Thursday of the programme. Our students will work in teams with others to research the responsibilities, challenges and skills required to become the UK Prime Minister, before presenting their finding back to the group in the from of mock campaign speeches, posters and manifestos.

Not only will our Oxford Law & Politics students live and study in the colleges of Oxford University – which has educated 30 British Prime Ministers – but they will also have the opportunity to visit London, the home of parliamentary democracy. On the Saturday mid-programme, students will take a coach trip to London to see the sights of the great city, either guided by our campus staff or independently with their friends.

Our students spend two weeks filled with learning and new friends, and we make sure to send them off in style at their formal graduation event! The ceremony is held at a beautiful venue in Oxford, and is followed by an unforgettable party.

All students receive a personal graduation certificate and report card, and, where possible, parents are welcome to attend!

Full timetable

Click here to download a sample timetable of our Oxford Law & Politics Summer School.

Typical day

A typical weekday on our Law and Politics Programme:

  • 8AM: Students wake up for breakfast on campus before heading to lessons
  • 9AM: Morning lessons, with two short breaks
  • 1PM: Lunch break for students to buy food in Oxford and some free time to relax
  • 2PM: Afternoon lessons
  • 3:30PM: Law academic workshop to develop key skills, sporting activities such as run club
  • 6PM: Dinner on campus
  • 7PM: Study support sessions
  • 8PM: Public Speaking and Debate Society, followed by the Shaping Your Future Seminar Series
  • 9PM: Social activities such as quiz nights, talent shows or arts and crafts
  • 10:30PM: Curfew

Week 1

The Law and Politics Summer School starts by exploring and understanding how the law works, justice, morality and the legal systems around the world. Students expand their knowledge with seminars that cover tort, family, contract, criminal, medical and international law. Students will also spend time understanding law careers and their path into the profession. Students finish the week preparing for trial. In the evening, there will be workshops, study support, social and sporting activities, and the opportunity to develop public speaking and debating skills. At the end of the week, students will enjoy a tour to sites of cultural interest and significance in the great city of London. 

Week 2

In the second week, students will take part in a mock trial and explore leadership styles, international politics, public speaking, inequality, and wealth, as well as the essentials of public administration. In addition to practical and academic workshops, students will take part in further debates, all building up to the Debate Grand Final. In the evenings, they will enjoy social and sporting activities with their peers and participate in the ‘Shaping your Future’ seminar series, which delivers insights into university applications and skills for life and work applicable across all disciples. Their second week finishes with the Oxford Royale Challenge Day – a chance for students to demonstrate what they have learnt – and the famous Oxford Graduation.

An Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate

What's Included

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford

  • Inspiring programmes taught by experts

  • A truly international environment - over 170 nationalities

  • Accommodation, breakfast and dinner, tuition and cultural programmes included

  • Graduation, report cards and certificate

  • 20+ hours tuition / week

  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers

  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Watch our video Graduation 2023

Learn from world-leading experts

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

Meet Our Faculty

Dr Endrit Shabani

Law & Politics

A trained lawyer, Dr Endrit Shabani has a Doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford where he studied with a full Clarendon scholarship. He has consulted for multiple international organisations including UNICEF, UN Women and the EU, and has taught Politics internationally.

Dr Anisa Butt

Business & Entrepreneurship

A member of the Oxford Royale team for 3 years, Dr Anisa Butt is a lecturer in economics at King’s College London. Currently completing a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading, her focus is on gender and ethnic income inequality.

Dr Amy Booth

Dr Amy Booth


Dr Amy Booth is a celebrated physician who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cape Town. Now working towards a PhD at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, she formerly worked with the World Health Organisation.

Dr Abdulazeez Imam


Dr Imam, lecturer in Medicine, has over 14 years of clinical experience and a strong commitment to medical education. He completed a 6 year Paediatric programme in Nigeria and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford. He also holds an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Leeds.

Dr Claire Keene


Dr Claire Keene is a public health clinician with a masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford. She is an experienced clinical trial manager, recently managing a Médecins Sans Frontières project on HIV and tuberculosis.

Bruce Windwood

Film Academy

Bruce Windwood is one of Oxford Royale’s most senior tutors, having helped design and develop our filmmaking classes. He is a multi-award winning filmmaker, a commissioned writer for TV and audio, and also composes soundtracks for film, audio, and TV content.

Dr Rehan Shah


Dr Rehan Shah is a Lecturer in Engineering Education at Queen Mary University of London. He has completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance at UCL with LSE, an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics at UCL.

How You'll Learn

Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.


Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.


An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.

Guest Speakers

Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.


Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.

Interactive Lectures

Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.

Group Projects

An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.


Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Challenge Days

Apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your two-week programme in an immersive full day simulation event.

Be inspired by world-leading politicians, poets, philosophers, scientists and business leaders

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from world-renowned guest speakers discussing something you are passionate about.

Our Guest Speakers

Watch our video The Great Debate 2023

Oxford Royale Summer School Guest Speakers 2022
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Oxford Royale Summer School Guest Speakers 2022
Oxford Royale Summer School Guest Speakers 2022
Oxford Royale Summer School Guest Speakers 2022
Oxford Royale Summer School Guest Speakers 2022
Oxford Royale Summer School Guest Speakers 2022

Exciting Activities and Trips

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is one of the largest museums and art galleries in the UK. Home to fascinating examples of historic artefacts from across the globe, join Oxford Royale to discover examples of art and archaeology from across the globe.

See our exclusive events Ashmolean Museum

Visit London

Discover the UK’s most exciting city! From Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace to the Museum of Natural History and National Portrait Gallery, there are endless ways to be entertained. With luxury shopping and hundreds of restaurants, London is a must-visit location. This trip is for our 16-18 year old students. 

Summer school students graduating

Oxford Royale Graduation

Experience an Oxford Royale graduation, on campus at your residential college in Oxford. Dress up with your new friends, dine in a magnificent venue, and celebrate everything you have achieved on your programme. 

See our exclusive events Oxford Royale Graduation

Natural History Museum

Immerse yourself in British history through visits to incredible venues like the Oxford Museum of Natural History. Affiliated with the University of Oxford, this magical museum is home to centuries of Natural History, including the Oxford Dodo, the only surviving remains of dodo tissue to exist anywhere in the world!

See our exclusive events Night at the Musuem
“I have done some other summer schools in the past, but this one was certainly the best. Not only have I learned so much from the lessons themselves, I have made so many friends, had so many experiences, and I am now sure that I want to study abroad.  It was incredibly beneficial to learn about different legal systems, and the same with different political opinions.”

Edoardo, Italy

“I’ve never studied Law before, and I chose to study it as I want to pursue it at college and needed to have an introduction to the subject to see if it fits me. I loved the programme. I love how we all communicate about what we think, and depending on our culture and where we come from we have different opinions, and both sides are usually right!”

Manon, France

“This course has definitely helped me on my path to becoming a lawyer. I would say that most people in my class are as ambitious and determined as I am, and this makes me feel motivated when I see them trying so hard! The people I have met here have inspired me to work harder, study more and do more research.”

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The oxford royale academy was definitely the highlight of my summer. I have not only learnt more about the course I have chosen, but I've also met a lot of new friends, friendly staff and helpful teachers from different cultures all in the same campus and had a lot of unforgettable memories.

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Oxford Royale was a great expreince. It was amazing to get to know people all over the globe and form life long relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have decided which programme you would like to attend, and where you would like to study, you can book online using our secure booking system. You will need the details of the student and of the person paying the bill, the name of the programme or programmes you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the relevant enrolment fee.

We are happy to accept enrolment fee payments via a number of other, non-card payment methods (including domestic and international bank transfer), thanks to our partnership with education payment specialists, Flywire. If you would prefer to pay your enrolment fee payment by bank transfer or another method, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to assist you.

Once your application has been submitted, your enrolment fee has been received by us and your booking processed by our system or our team, you will be sent an email confirming your place. You will also receive a login to the Oxford Royale Portal, which you will use to provide us with important additional information about you as your time with us approaches.

A Welcome Pack is available to download from the Oxford Royale Portal.

If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a member of our award-winning Customer Service team, please feel free to contact us.

All enrolments require an enrolment fee to secure the booking. For Summer 2024, enrolment fee payments are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-18 (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University) – £1295 GBP for each 2-week session

You may either pay the full programme fee when you book your place, or pay the enrolment fee amount and then the balance at a later date.

The balance clearance is required no later than 90 days before the start date of the programme. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the programme fees must be covered in full. We appreciate that, with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, people may require additional flexibility to these terms, and we are doing our best to accommodate that – please contact us if you have concerns regarding making the balance payment in line with the 90-day deadline.

Enrolments received via our online application form will require a debit or credit card payment of at least the enrolment fee amount. If you would like to enrol and make your enrolment fee payment via Bank Transfer or another method, we are happy to facilitate this. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange this.

Balance payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to the Oxford Royale Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

All programme fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation at a top university
  • Meals in the dining hall of your college, every day of your programme (Meals provided are typically as follows: breakfast, lunch and dinner for ages 13-15; breakfast and dinner for ages 16-18)
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions (kindly note that excursions can be to local attractions or to sites further afield)
  • Welcome and graduation events
  • A multitude of extras, including an Oxford Royale notebook and branded clothing

If you wish to change your programme or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to programmes are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the programme start date.

Oxford Royale’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be made on the following terms:

  • No refund of enrolment fee will be made under any circumstances once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
  • For cancellations before your programme start date, the remainder of the programme fees excluding the enrolment fee amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:
Period Before Start Date Total Refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%

Cancellations made after the commencement date of the programme will not receive any refund.

Our English language requirements are as follows:

  • B1 for EFL courses
  • B2 or IELTS level 5.5 – 6.5 for IELTS Preparation
  • C1 or IELTS level 6.5 or higher for all academic courses

Students who have studies at an English speaking school for two or more years are exempt from English requirements.

Yes, all students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate upon satisfactory completion of the programme. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme. In general, the graduation ceremony is for students only, but in certain cases, it might be possible for parents to attend on request. Due to limited seating and viewing facilities in the colleges, it is essential that parents contact the campus office well in advance to ascertain whether space is available.

All students will be well looked after, and security is carefully monitored on campus.

In order to leave campus students are required to sign out and sign themselves back in with a counsellor, and curfews are enforced on campus. Any issues that arise can be taken up with staff.

Students will also always be accompanied during lessons, trips, and excursions.

It is certainly possible to take more than one programme and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done by enrolling on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Film Academy and then two more weeks on Architecture.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one programme please do not hesitate to contact us.

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