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Law Immersion Programme Ages 16-18

Boston Summer School 2020
Also in Cambridge | London | St Andrews

This summer, join students from around the world on our inaugural summer school in Boston, and immerse yourself in our popular Law Immersion summer course, delivered by ORA's expert Law teachers and residential in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2 weeks | Available June - July 2020

  • Part of the Boston Summer School 2020
  • Expert teaching from ORA's Law faculty
  • Take part in a mock trial with your peers
  • A truly international environment
  • Inspirational cultural programme in Cambridge MA and Boston

Course Summary

This two-week course, available with a choice of dates in June, July and August, has been specifically designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the intricate details of Law in the UK, and the chance to experience what future study and a career in Law might be like.

Created and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics, the Law Immersion Programme features traditionally structured classroom lessons, seminars, workshops, field trips and guest talks from legal experts. Students will also get the opportunity to apply their enhanced knowledge and skills in a mock trial, which will provide further insight into what life as a barrister, or even a judge, might be like.

After two-weeks of captivating study and practical activities, students will be equipped with increased confidence, a strong base of legal knowledge, a robust set of logical and argumentative skills, and techniques that will enable them to construct convincing arguments using both the written and spoken word.

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Academy is not part of, or otherwise affiliated to, the University of Oxford or any of the colleges at which this course takes place.

What to expect from the Law Immersion Programme

Students attending this programme can expect a fascinating two weeks of study, immersed in a discipline that is key to the form and function of human society.

During their time with Oxford Royale Academy, students will 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 can expect to have their views challenged and their arguments pushed to the limit - a key focus of this course will be enhancing each student's ability to build strong arguments of their own, whilst finding flaws in those of others.

Taught hours will consist of a blend of academic legal topics, including criminal law, human rights law, the law of tort and more, with field trips (destinations are subject to change, but previous venues have included the Oxford Crown Court to watch a live trial, and visits to the Supreme Court in London).

Finally, students can expect to study alongside like-minded peers from around the world, who share the same interest in, and possible ambition for, a successful career in the legal profession.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have:

  • Developed and practised their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills
  • Increased their 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
  • Participated in a mock trial
  • Produced an assessed essay on a legal theme (a choice of essay titles will be provided by the teacher)
  • Delivered, in a group, an assessed presentation covering, in detail, a key legal case that they have researched in depth.

Take this course if...

  • You are considering future study or a career in Law but are unsure whether you would be suited to it.
  • You would like to learn more about a range of legal topics.
  • You would like to develop your skills in speaking, argument and presentation.
  • You would like to learn alongside students from countries all around the world (with different legal systems!).

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

Useful information for students & parents


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.

Learn more about our Boston campus.

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 admin[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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Law Immersion Programme for Ages 16-18 | Boston is residential in the following venues:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)

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