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Introduction to Law Ages 14-15

Boston Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford | Cambridge


A perfect Law summer course for students aged 14-15 considering future studies or a career in Law, part of ORA's inaugural Boston summer school.

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

2 weeks | Available June - July 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's law faculty
  • Talks and debates with guest speakers
  • A truly international environment
  • Inspirational cultural programme encompassing Cambridge MA and Boston

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 Boston - a true taste of American college life awaits!

View of the Charles River in Boston

Join us in Boston in 2020 and live and study in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, a buzzing student city located in the Boston Metropolitan Area, and just a short trip away from downtown Boston. Experience student life in this thriving centre of academic excellence, home to some of the world's most prestigious institutions such as Harvard and MIT, and study a range of fascinating subjects with ORA tutors. Home will be a comfortable student campus in the centre of Cambridge, from which you will be able to explore Cambridge's quirky culture of cafés, second-hand bookshops, tech startups and more. (Please note that this program is not owned, controlled or supervised by Harvard University or any of its schools or programs.)

Typical street scene in Cambridge Massachusetts
Harvard bridge and view of Harvard university
Cobbled streets in Boston

Outside of class, the extra-curricular programme is designed to ensure students the most of Cambridge and the surrounding area. Students will enjoy guided tours of the city, its universities, museums and other most famous sites, along with excursions to downtown Boston and its iconic attractions such as Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. On campus, workshops in leadership, team-building, public speaking and more are designed to ensure students develop their personal skills as well as their academic ability, all of which are put to the test in the 'Escape Challenge'!

Famous landmark in Boston
View of the entrance of MIT
View of entrance to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

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Accommodation

Students at Boston will be accommodated in Hastings Hall, 1541 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, in twin or single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for students at Hastings Hall, with bathrooms shared between small groups of students of the same gender.

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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 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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college 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 [email protected] 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.

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