Summer Law School

Statue of justice. SilhouetteThe Summer Law School will give young people interested in pursuing law as a career or at university an in-depth introduction to every aspect of the legal world. The Summer Law School will be divided into three parts, the first part covering criminal law (including inchoate offences), advocacy skills, family law and jurisprudence, the second part covering contract law, civil wrongs (including defamation), corporate law and insolvency law and the third part covering international law, human rights, and constitutional law. Please note that students can attend either one, two or all three parts of the Summer School, and that there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to attend Part 2 or Part 3. The courses complement each other, but may also be treated as independent events.

Each course will include introductions to key areas of the law, seminars on some tricky and controversial legal questions, lively debates and advocacy practice. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss legal issues in depth with expert tutors, work on legal problems together with enthusiastic and motivated peers, and learn about degree courses with law graduates from top universities.

One of the primary goals of this course is to establish a skill set for the students who participate which will benefit them in law undergraduate applications and study. The debate and advocacy element of each Summer School, for example, teaches students vital skills of analysis, teamwork, public speaking and confidence (as well as teaching them about relevant areas of law and courtroom practice). Negotiation exercises encourage students to develop their skills of representation and measured argument.

The Summer Law School will give students the opportunity to engage with an interactive, enjoyable and intellectual learning environment with other students who either have an interest in law or are keen to learn more about it. The tutors are friendly and ensure everyone is able to participate fully in the activities as well as being there to answer questions and to suggest further study to the students. The more that students choose to engage with the material, the other students and the activities, the more they will get out of the Summer School and the clearer perspective they will gain on their individual interests within the law and the field of legal careers.

Summer Law School - Law student in graduation gownThe Summer Law School – Part 1 (Criminal Law, Family Law and Jurisprudence) – see a schedule for this course here.

The Summer Law School – Part 2 (Contract Law, Civil Wrongs and Corporate Law) – see a schedule for this course here.

The Summer Law School – Part 3 (International, Human Rights and Constitutional Law) – see a schedule for this course here.

Students aged 11-14 interested in Law should take a look at the Young Lawyers Summer School.

For full practical and booking details for the Summer Law School, please scroll down past the reviews.

The Summer Law School will give young people interested in pursuing law as a career or at university an in-depth introduction to every aspect of the legal world. The Summer Law School will be divided into three parts, the first part covering criminal law (including inchoate offences), advocacy skills, family law and jurisprudence, the second part covering contract law, civil wrongs (including defamation), corporate law and insolvency law and the third part covering international law, human rights, constitutional law and judicial reviewPlease note that students can attend either one, two or all three parts of the Summer School, and that there is no requirement to have attended Part 1 in order to attend Part 2 or Part 3. The courses complement each other, but may also be treated as independent events.

Each five day course will include lectures on key areas of the law, seminars on some tricky and controversial legal questions, lively debates and a full mock trial. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss legal issues in depth with expert tutors, work on legal problems together with enthusiastic and motivated peers, and learn about degree courses with law graduates from top universities.

One of the primary goals of this course is to establish a skill set for the students who participate which will benefit them in law undergraduate applications and study. The Mock Trial element of each Summer School, for example, teaches students vital skills of analysis, teamwork, public speaking and confidence (as well as teaching them about relevant areas of law and courtroom practice). Debates and negotiation exercises encourage students to develop their skills of advocacy and measured argument.

The Summer Law School will give students the opportunity to engage with an interactive, enjoyable and intellectual learning environment with other students who either have an interest in law or are keen to learn more about it. The tutors are friendly and ensure everyone is able to participate fully in the activities as well as being there to answer questions and to suggest further study to the students. The more that students choose to engage with the material, the other students and the activities, the more they will get out of the Summer School and the clearer perspective they will gain on their individual interests within the law and the field of legal careers.

The Summer Law School – Part 1 (Criminal Law, Family Law and Jurisprudence) – see a full schedule for this course here.

The Summer Law School – Part 2 (Contract Law, Civil Wrongs and Corporate Law) – see a full schedule for this course here.

The Summer Law School – Part 3 (International, Human Rights and Constitutional Law) – see a full schedule for this course here.

Students aged 11-14 interested in Law should take a look at the Young Lawyers Summer School.

‘The Debate Chamber Law Summer School was an amazing experience. I loved learning about the different types of Law, and looking at cases where I really had to think to work out what the outcome would be. It was a good balance between challenging me, and ensuring I was able to grasp the concepts. It’s helped me to make my mind up that I want to do Law at University! Thank you Debate Chamber!’

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my week at the Debate Chamber. The other students were incredibly friendly, the tutors were brilliant, teaching was top-class and most of all I had such a great time!’

‘If you are unsure whether Law is the career path for you, I would recommend this Summer Law School whole-heartedly.  I learnt such a great deal about the law as well as the possible careers paths one could take after finishing their degree. The tutors were fabulous and made each area of law as engaging and informative as they could in order to enlighten us to how the law is actually implemented in real court cases. It really was an unforgettable week and was entirely worth it.’

Practical Details

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person

The Law Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18. Teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break.

Part 1 (Criminal and Family Law) will take place on the 18th – 22nd July, and repeated 8th – 12th August 2022.

Part 2 (Civil and Commercial Law) will take place on the 25th – 27th July, and repeated 15th – 17th August 2022.

Part 3 (International and Human Rights Law) will take place on the 1st – 3rd August, and repeated 19th – 21st August 2022.

These are live online events, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The events will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

You can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

Book before the 31st December 2021 to get a £25 earlybird discount on course fees.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.