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Law School Preparation Ages 16-18

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

Prepare for Law School applications with this Oxford summer Law course, delivered by ORA's expert Law tutors and residential in colleges of Oxford University.

2 weeks | Available July 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's law faculty
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

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 will introduce students to the intricate details of Law in the UK, including Criminal Law, the Laws of Tort, Contract Employment and Human Rights. It will equip students with a strong set of logical and argumentative skills, alongside techniques that will enable them to construct convincing arguments both in essays and in oral debate.

What to expect from the Law School Preparation course

During their time on the Law School Preparation course, 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 will 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 will be provided with dedicated help 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.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

  • Have gained an insight into what constitutes a strong application to study Law at a UK university
  • Be able to approach applications to Law school from a position of greater understanding
  • Have developed and practised their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills
  • Improved their interview technique and grown in 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
  • Witnessed a real life criminal trial in a Court
  • Drafted a personal statement for their Law School application and understood the admissions processes

Topics Covered

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.

Law School Interview

Students will 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 Real Law Court

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 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Legal resources and essay writing
Lesson 3: LNAT Exam
Lesson 12: Writing personal statements and feedback
Lesson 13: Introduction to the Criminal Law Case Study
Tuesday Lesson 4: Introduction to Criminal Law
Lesson 5: LNAT MCQs
Lesson 14: Introduction to the Law of Tort
Wednesday Lesson 6:Interviews and Current Affairs
Lesson 7: Constitutional Law
Lesson 8: Public Speaking and Debating
Lesson 15: Court visit field trip
Thursday Lesson 9: Personal Statement and application forms Lesson 16: Family and Medical Law
Friday Lesson 10 Introduction to Contract Law
Lesson 11: Debating
Lesson 17: Introduction to Human Rights Law
Lesson 18: Advocacy and Mock Trial
Lesson 19: Advocacy and Mock Trial

Take this course if...

Take this course if you have always dreamed of entering a career in Law but are unsure whether you would be suited to it, and if you want a head start for studying Law at university.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though 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 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 Admissions 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 Admissions 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.

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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How will the Law School Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions?

The Law School Preparation course has been carefully designed to help you in every aspect of the road to law school.

Practise for the LNAT

The LNAT is an aptitude test used by eight of the best UK universities in order to differentiate between top candidates, particularly in the assessment of logical reasoning skills and reading comprehension. Universities requiring the LNAT include Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, King’s College London, Nottingham, Oxford and University College London. With candidates’ average scores rising every year, preparing well for this test is becoming ever more important. This course helps students improve their LNAT scores by talking through what the test requires, looking at sample questions and practising under exam conditions, so that when students come to take the LNAT for real, they will be familiar and comfortable with its requirements, and thus ready to do well.

Learn about UCAS applications

For non-UK applicants, the UCAS university application system can be very confusing. Guidance on which combination of universities to apply to and how to write a good personal statement can vary widely, and it can be hard to tell when it is reliable and when not. Our expert teachers know what it takes to get accepted at law school through the UCAS system, and you can be sure that their advice will stand you in good stead when you begin the application process.

One aspect of the Law School Preparation course is working on your personal statement. The personal statement is often considered the most challenging part of the UCAS application process. It’s a 40-line statement, written by the student, laying out why they want to study their chosen course and what makes them suited to it – a task that many students find very hard to achieve. On the Law School Preparation course, you’ll learn what makes a good personal statement, have the opportunity to read successful personal statements and draft your own personal statement under our teachers’ guidance.

UCAS also allows students to apply to only five universities per application cycle, which means that the universities students apply to must be chosen carefully. Again, our teachers will be able to advise students on which courses at which universities might suit them best, and which they would be best off targeting given their academic performance and their interests. This helps students avoid ‘wasting’ a UCAS space on a university that would not be right for them, so that they apply to five universities that they are right for and that are right for them, maximising their chances of success.

Gain interview skills

While most universities don’t interview for law, it’s important to be properly prepared if you’re applying to those that do – and even if you’re not, interview skills will be vital when you graduate and enter the competitive world of applying to law firms for a training contract.

During your time on the Law School Preparation course, you’ll be taking part in discussion and debate on a daily basis, giving you practice in airing your views in front of an audience of your peers and a qualified teacher, which will increase your confidence and skills in public speaking. You’ll have the chance to take part in a mock interview to hone interview-specific skills, too, which will also give you valuable experience of the style of questions you can expect from a law school interview. What’s more, the material you will cover on the course will be a helpful source of information for interview discussions, both in terms of the detail of the law that you will cover and in terms of broader issues, such as the impact of ethical dilemmas on the law and the way the law interacts with different ethical systems.

Why attend the Law School Preparation course now?

If you’re aged 16-18, now is the time to act if you want to improve your chances of getting into law school. Most people choose to apply to UCAS in the last year of school, so it’s valuable to learn about the process before you reach this stage, in order to have plenty of time to gather the relevant experience for your personal statement, to read around the topic for your interview and to research possible university options for your application.

Law School Preparation for Ages 16-18 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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