Studying for a degree in law opens up many different and varied roles to pursue, and this course aims to introduce students to some legal knowledge as well as what these different career paths are that will be open to them. This two-week programme focuses on all aspects of going into the legal profession – whether you want to be a solicitor, barrister, or perhaps even a constitutional lawyer – the programme looks at them all. The course will include academic legal theory, along with case analysis of both criminal and civil cases. Students will also get to see the law in action by visiting Oxford Crown Court, and by speaking to real legal professionals to get a feel for the day-to-day operations. The programme concludes with a mock trial competition which helps students understand the workings of a court and improves their oratory and presentation skills. Students will also learn to examine and cross-examine witnesses.

The course includes:

  • Law and Morals. What is Law?
  • Criminal Law and the Right to Punish
  • Topics in Criminal Law - The Criminal Act (Actus Reus), The Guilty Mind (Mens Rea)
  • Legal Research and Case Preparation
  • The Criminal Process
  • Applying for Bail
  • Advocacy and Speaking in Court
  • Court Visit
  • Homicide offences and Criminal Intent
  • Civil Law (Tort and Contract)
  • Mock Bail Hearing
  • Human Rights and Immigration
  • What is Intention, and what should it be?
  • History of the United Nations
  • International Law and Treaties
  • The ECHR
  • Humanitarian Law and the Law of War
  • The R2P and the right to use Military Force
  • The Right to Life and Freedom from Torture
  • Declaration of the Rights of the Child
  • Elimination of Discrimination against Women
  • Protecting the Environment
  • The Right to Die
  • The World Court of Human Rights
  • Talks from Legal Professionals
  • Mock Trial

This course fills the 2 week period, so students do not need to pick any further courses to take while at the Oxford Summer Academy.

Interviews with students who studied our law courses: Jae (South Korea), Johann (France), Lindley (Hong Kong), Felix (Belgium)