The world of Law is fascinating, which is why you’ll already have encountered legal battles and courtroom dramas countless times in popular culture, from Legally Blonde to My Cousin Vinny. But references to Law in popular culture are rife with inaccuracies, from which stem countless misconceptions – and not just the obvious ones about Law students seldom getting the chance to join in courtroom cross-examinations!
Studying at our summer school, you’ll get to grips with the role Law really plays in our society, going beyond just criminal law, to see how Law underpins almost everything we do.
On our Law courses you’ll consider how the justice system should really work, and which parts of our lives the Law should have a say in – and which you think it shouldn’t. By the end of the programme, you’ll have a solid foundation of legal understanding and know what next steps you should take to continue your interest in Law.
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The key advantage of studying the competitive subject of Law is the head start that it brings you in working towards your future legal career. The foundation of understanding you’ll gain, along with invaluable feedback on your studies from your teachers, will stand you in good stead as you pursue your academic studies in Law.
You’ll learn about different legal systems, focusing on English law but understanding how this differs, sometimes dramatically, from the legal systems in other countries, and how these come together in international law. If you’re planning to study overseas from your country of origin, you’ll find this especially helpful in university applications and interviews.
Our programmes give you the chance to experience the reality of Law through the format of a mock trial. Using a plausible case as the basis for the trial, you’ll learn the kind of preparation that lawyers go through before a trial, and consider the relevant case law.
What’s more, you’ll explore how getting to the truth of what happened is only part of a trial, looking at issues such as mitigation and sentencing. A mock trial also has the benefit of developing your confidence and public speaking abilities, both vital for your future as a lawyer.
At ORA, we believe in learning through experiencing things first-hand.
Depending on students’ age and programme choice, they will have the opportunity to experience a variety of subject-specific activities and excursions. Past field trips have even included the exciting opportunity to visit a real-life courtroom in London (and perhaps even see a real trial taking place)!
While a lot of the study of Law happens in the abstract, often with reference to cases that are decades or even centuries old, visiting a courtroom reminds you of just how Law can affect people’s daily lives, and the impact that this abstract study has on our society as a whole.
Law differs around the world, such as the key distinction between Common Law and Civil Law systems that all Law students learn about early in their studies. With Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll be studying alongside students from all over the world; students of 150 nationalities attend our summer school.
That means you can compare how law systems operate, such as the impact of different constitutional law or different justice system, not just from descriptions in a textbook or as hypotheticals, but by discussing the experiences of people who have lived in those societies. It’s not only illuminating; it’s fascinating.
Applying to study Law at university is a famously challenging and competitive process, with a tricky personal statement, interviews and additional exams like the LNAT to get through even before you consider your grades.
If you’re at the stage of considering law school applications – whether as a school student or an undergraduate exploring law conversion – our teachers can help support you in your applications, including providing feedback on your personal statement, practicing for interviews, and advising you on which law schools might be the best choice for you.
“Every day, from the moment I woke up to when I went to sleep, I felt like a University of Oxford student. Studying in the college, eating in the dining halls, sleeping in the dorms… It was a truly amazing experience.”
- Beatriz, Brazil
The counsellors were extremely friendly and were always keen to join in with the activities. Their approachable manner meant that if anyone ever did have a problem, they always had someone to confide in.
- Ellie, Wales
“I am extremely grateful to have learned so much and I truly hope that I will be able to participate in another ORA Summer School, or possibly study at the University of Oxford.”
- Blessing, Côte d'Ivoire
I have gained more knowledge, and can therefore make more of an impact on the world. I think that my future goals have become clearer as I have explored options at ORA.
- Nia, Belize
“I learnt a lot from my academic immersion at ORA, not just about the topics of my selected courses, but also how to organise and express my thoughts in the most effective way.”
- Livia, Italy