Courses for 15-18 year olds

Law Preparation Academy

Your opportunity to prepare for life as a Law student and increase your chance of getting into your first choice university.

The Best Courses

Get prepared for Law at university – hands-on classes and interactive challenges. Maximum of 15 students per class.

The Best People

Be taught by the best – world class tutors from universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. 

Your Future Success

Be awarded a graduation certificate at our Graduation at the Saïd Business School, and a written report from your tutor.

Get the Oxford Experience

Study on the historic Oxford University campus and experience Oxford’s magic.

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Law Preparation students aged 15-18 years old
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Oxford Scholastica students
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Law Preparation

What to Expect

Prepare for life as a future Law student while studying on the famous Oxford University campus this summer, and give yourself the best possible chance of future success.

Our Law Preparation Academy is designed for students aged 15-18 who are certain they want to apply to university for Law. The course offers you the chance to gain expert insights, knowledge and experience to enable you to apply for Law with confidence.

Law is a highly competitive subject, and if you’re planning to study it at university it’s wise to learn as much as you can about what universities are looking for in prospective students.

The course will help you discover the wide range of Law courses available in the UK and across the world, and will support you to choose your perfect course.

You’ll get first-hand experience of real-life Law school activities, from case-studies, debates, and advisory clinics, to practising “mooting” in your very own Mooting Challenge (a mock trial) at a real court. You’ll also write an article which can be published in our Journal of Law. You’ll experience all forms of university learning and assessment (from lectures, seminars and tutorials, to independent research projects, presentations and essays). These opportunities will develop important legal skills, like analysing evidence, academic writing, preparing cases and representing clients.

You’ll also develop skills crucial to future success like critical thinking, sharpen your public speaking skills, have the chance to quiz an inspiring young lawyer about working in the legal field and meet fellow prospective Law students from all over the world.

The Law Preparation Academy will give you greater confidence handling conversations about legal concepts with peers, teachers and professors, will widen your skills for studying Law and will motivate you to prepare a compelling application to Law school.

You’ll achieve all of this while studying and socialising on the historic Oxford University campus and experiencing the very best of what Oxford has to offer.

The Best Courses

On our Law Preparation Academy, you’ll take part in a series of nine modules and a Challenge afternoon, structured around the topics below:

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Law Degrees (UK and Worldwide)

Learn about the different types of Law degrees offered at universities in the UK and around the world. Understand how to choose the course that is right for you, and how you can fulfil your potential when it comes to your university applications

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University Skills

Discover the key study skills needed to succeed at Law school, and get practical advice on how to develop them during your time on the Academy. Improve these skills by working on an Independent Study Project – your chance to explore an area of Law you’re really passionate about

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Pro Bono Legal Clinics

University students are often given the chance to volunteer their legal services to the community. Experience this in our mock pro-bono clinic, as you liaise with “clients” who will present their issues for you to resolve
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Evaluating Evidence

‘Is this evidence strong enough?’ Evaluating evidence is the most important skill of any lawyer and is critical to showing you would make a great Law student. In this class, you’ll develop your interrogative skills and aptitude for analysis

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The Art of Advocacy

Refined debate and public-speaking skills will make you stand out and succeed in your legal journey, so you’ll practise the art of argumentation and advocating on behalf of your clients, in a series of class-debates on hot Law topics

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Corporate Legal Advice for Business

Not all Law is focused on the individual. Sharpen your commercial awareness and broaden your legal acumen by exploring cutting-edge issues facing corporate clients

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Defence Tutorials and Journal Publication

Present and defend the findings of your Independent Study Projects in personal tutorials with your tutor, and grow your confidence communicating about the Law. Showcase your newly improved academic writing abilities by publishing in our Journal of Law

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Your Future in Law

Put it all together by reflecting on how your experiences have prepared you for a future in Law, and get support on how to further prepare your next steps to success
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Law Field Trip

Law isn’t contained to the classroom, so step outside of it and observe how Law has an impact in the real-world. We’ll be taking you on a field trip to broaden your awareness of Law in practice.

Be Published in our Journal of Law

You’ll be able to submit your work which may be selected to be published in our Journal of Law. This will help you demonstrate your passion for Law in your university applications. You can read last year’s Journal here:

The Law Preparation Academy is perfect for 15-18 year olds who are certain they want to do a Law degree. You might be thinking of becoming a lawyer, going into a profession related to the legal world, or getting a degree with very transferrable skills. The Law Preparation Academy will give you hands-on experience of what it’s like to study Law at university, increase your understanding of which Law course is best for you, boost your confidence talking and writing about the Law, enhance your critical thinking and advocacy skills, and help motivate you to fulfil your potential in your university Law applications.

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Our Law Preparation Learning Philosophy

During your time on the programme you will Learn the subject, See it in action and Do it yourself through an exciting Challenge:

Learn

Learn like you’ve never learnt at school before. Explore the key concepts, history and theory behind Law in a hands-on, interactive way. You’ll take part in small, dynamic classes led by our brilliant tutors who are subject experts from world-class institutions.

Do

On your “Challenge” you’ll put all the theory you’ve learned into practice and apply your knowledge to a real life problem. It’s not the only practical activity you’ll do on your course – the course is full of opportunities to apply your skills – but for many of our students, it’s their highlight!

You’ll be given the chance to put your legal knowledge and teamwork skills to the test in our Mooting Challenge. Mooting is a mock trial, and a key part of learning about Law at university. In the Mooting Challenge, you’ll go to a real courtroom here in Oxford and put your legal knowledge into practice. You’ll participate in all phases of a court case, like you would in a real university mooting experience. Experience the work of a Law student and lawyer as you take on a key role in the case (from lawyers to the judge) and prepare to defend your side at trial. You’ll be able to demonstrate your new and improved skills in critical analysis, advocacy and teamwork, and experience the excitement of a high-stakes legal battle. Will you triumph in the case?

See

You’ll meet our “Heroes”, young professionals who have studied Law and gone on to build a successful Law-related career. Discover what steps they took to realise their potential, and how you can too.

Law Preparation Academy course for 15-18 year olds
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Course Outcomes

What You’ll Experience

Completing our Law Preparation Academy is an ideal next step for students who are considering studying Law at university. You will: 

  • Benefit from expert tuition from our tutors from leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge
  • Master a range of topics related to Law, and experience all forms of university learning and assessment to prepare you for university-level learning
  • Develop your knowledge, experience and insights that you can use to support a successful Law school application – from having a piece of your own legal research published in our legal Journal to taking part in a mock pro-bono Law clinic
  • Learn about what the different legal career pathways are through our dedicated legal careers session
  • Meet a successful legal professional to learn about their journey into Law, and find out what it’s really like to work as a lawyer
  • Develop important skills in high demand by universities and employers such as public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork, via our Masterclass series
  • Put your knowledge, skills and ability to work in a team to the test in our Mooting Challenge, where you’ll participate in all phases of a court case, like you would in a real university mooting experience
  • Build your global professional network by meeting students from all over the world and joining our alumni community
  • Graduate at our Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School
  • Gain clarity on your future direction – we have a proven track record of successfully preparing thousands of students for future success. Our students leave us equipped with subject knowledge which puts them ahead at college and university, and invaluable insights and experiences to help them with their university and college applications.

The Best People

On the Law Preparation Academy you’ll be taught by the best tutors, supported by the best staff and meet the best students.

The Best Tutors

We select world class tutors who are passionate, inspirational and love teaching young talent. Our faculty are the best: academically outstanding role models from leading universities who are at the cutting edge of research in their fields.

The Best Students

Oxford Scholastica students are special. They are keen to gain experiences, interested in learning, and want to make the most of their summer. Join students from nearly 100 different countries this summer in the most memorable summer of your life.

The Best Staff

You’ll be mentored by our bright undergraduate team who are students at Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, who love to share their experiences of university life. Our leadership team have run summer schools for many years, while our Matrons are skilled and experienced in looking after young people.

Meet our Law Preparation Tutor and Hero

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Ivo Gruev MJur (Oxon) Dipl-Jur

Ivo holds a Law degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin (distinction) and a Diploma in Legal Studies (distinction) from Oxford. In 2015, he completed the MJur at the University of Oxford. Currently, he is pursuing an MSt to doctoral research degree in Law (Socio-legal Studies), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Merton College Oxford.

Ivo was awarded a ‘Best Position Paper’ prize by the United Nations Department for Outreach and Education. He is actively engaged with International Politics and Relations, and has participated as a chair, organiser, and delegate in numerous Model United Nations simulations, international political conferences, and moot courts. Ivo is fascinated by the multiple connections between Politics, International Relations, Philosophy, History, and Law.

Please note, our Tutors & Heroes are subject to change.

Tom, Hero at the Oxford Scholastica Academy

Tom Corby

You’ll have the opportunity to meet our Hero, Tom, who works as a Lawyer where he regularly engages in debate and public speaking. Tom studied Modern History at New College, Oxford University, where he was a Scholar. He is now a barrister practicing at 20 Essex Street. He specialises in commercial law which includes shipping, international sale of goods, conflicts of law and banking, and has acted for and against a variety of parties, including the Kingdom of Spain, a major Eastern European drinks brand, and an England cricketer.
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Meet Students from Around the World

This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our summer school:

out of 10 students said our courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

out of 10 students said that our courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

out of 10 parents said they would recommend our courses to other parents

Law Preparation Testimonials

The classes are very challenging but they give you an understanding of what the course is like at university. We experienced our courses in real life as well. I opted for Law and we had the fantastic opportunity to go to an actual court and fight a case. It was the most memorable experience of my life and it made me want to become a lawyer even more. I want to thank Oxford Scholastica for giving me the perfect training and opportunities during this course. This summer was the best ever.
Shannon Doctor

India

It just surpassed our expectations in every way – pre-attendance organisation, facilities, high level of the programme, challenging course, interesting and diverse attendees from all around the world, dedicated creative teachers, great balance of time working and time for personal endeavors and friend making, supportive staff, teamwork oriented, family-like atmosphere, caring and nurturing environment, academically and personally challenging, true college campus experience…in short, just exceeded all expectations.
Bill & Tanya Mateo

Russia, Parents of Paulina

I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.

Jo Cruse

Tutor, and former teacher at leading UK school

Your Future Success

Rooted in Oxford’s spirit of academic excellence, OSA’s courses will enable you to master your subject, gain clarity on your future and prepare for a changing world

Certificate

Each student who successfully completes the course will receive an official Oxford Scholastica Academy graduation certificate at our Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

Report

You will receive a written report after the summer school, containing feedback on your performance in the classes as well as practical advice on how to continue exploring the subject.

Our Network

Gain membership of our global alumni community of over 2000 students from over 100 countries.

OSA Foundation

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for funding from the OSA Foundation for charitable projects you set up, or for causes you support or volunteer for.

Graduation Certificate

Each student who successfully completes the course will receive an official Oxford Scholastica Academy graduation certificate at our Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School

Tutor Report

You will receive a written report after the summer school, containing feedback on your performance in the classes as well as practical advice on how to continue exploring the subject.

Be Part of Our Network

Gain membership to our global alumni community of over 2000 students from over 100 countries.

OSA Foundation

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for funding from the OSA Foundation for any charitable projects set up, support or volunteer for.

Get the Oxford Experience

The Oxford Experience

Oxford is a world famous centre of academic excellence, and Oxford’s tradition of excellence underpins our summer school. Whether it’s the city’s academic prowess, cultural delights like punting on the river, or rich history that appeals to you, Oxford is a place unlike any other. The Oxford experience truly is extraordinary.

Join us and live it for yourself. Here are five key reasons to choose Oxford Scholastica.

Gain Clarity About Your Future

We’ll help you to discover, experience and prepare for your successful future.

Discover Oxford

Explore the city of Oxford, home to brilliant architecture and historic traditions such as “punting”.

Experience University life

Follow in the footsteps of famous scientists, authors, political leaders and more.

Make International Friendships For Life

Go home with a network of friends from around the world.

Prepare for A Rapidly Changing World

Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to thrive.

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Experience

Accommodation & Classrooms

You’ll get a taste for student life, staying in your own safe and secure en-suite room at one of our five campuses in the centre of the city.

You’ll study in classrooms on the Oxford University campus, and get to experience the best of the old (such as debating at the historic Oxford Union) and the best of the new (such as the Saïd Business School and the Blavatnik School of Government).

Click here for more details about our accommodation.

Students at the Saïd Business School

Your Law Preparation Timetable

Here’s an example of your Law Preparation timetable – you can hover your mouse over parts of the timetable to get more information. 

Your Law Preparation Timetable

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First week

8am‑9am9am‑10am10am‑11am11am‑12pm12pm‑1pm1pm‑2pm2pm‑3pm3pm‑4pm4pm‑5pm5pm‑6pm6pm‑7pmEvening
SundayArrivalOur team will be ready to help you settle in at the accommodation. If you are coming from abroad we can happily help to arrange a transfer from the airportDinnerIcebreaker eveningAn evening of fun introductory games designed to get you to know your new friends and our staff team
MondayBreakfastWelcome and Introductory ClassYou'll be introduced to Oxford Scholastica, and get your first chance to meet your Tutors who will talk you through the course outline and answer any of your questionsLunchYou'll have the opportunity to visit one of Oxford's many tasty, healthy cafes/restaurants for your lunch each dayOxford TourWe'll be taking you around the most famous landmarks in Oxford, from the colleges which inspired Harry Potter to the historic city buildingsScavenger HuntPut your new found knowledge to the test in our Scavenger Hunt competition, and discover Oxford's secretsDinnerIce CreamRelax after your first day with a sociable dinner, and some of Oxford's famous George & Danver's (G&D's) ice cream!
TuesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyOur small-group courses are conducted by our hand-picked tutors. Each day you'll have a two hour class and be given some reading or work by your tutor to complete in your two hours of independent study. Just like a university student, you'll be trusted to work independently or in groups in your rooms.LunchFailure to Success or How to Be Great MasterclassesLearn the secrets of successful people, as we explore the tips and tricks to become successful, and discover how experiences of failure have driven successful people to stellar achievements.DinnerOutdoor ShakespeareTonight we'll be watching a Shakespeare play in the beautiful surroundings of the city.
WednesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchPuntingA punt is a flat-bottomed, square-ended boat which is powered by submerging a long pole onto the bank of the river and pushing the boat along - or as some people put it, pushing a boat with a stick! It is most commonly seen in Oxford and Cambridge, and is a favourite summer activity of students at Oxford. We'll teach you how to punt along the beautiful banks of North Oxford, and this is one of our students' favourite events each yearPicnic DinnerParks' GamesAfter our punting afternoon we'll spend the evening having a picnic and playing games by the banks of the river in the Oxford University Parks, arguably the most beautiful park in Oxford
ThursdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyWindsor TripWe're off to visit Windsor Castle today - the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.
FridayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchApplications MasterclassMany of you will be thinking about your future life after school. In this interactive afternoon, we'll guide you through the job applications process, or the process for applying to UK universities for further studyDinnerActive ActivitiesJoin our Activities Coordinators as they lead active activities outside, to make the most of the summer. Choices have previously ranged from yoga to rugby, dancing to football, frisbee to zumba, and many more!
SaturdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchThe Oxford Scholastica Challenge Afternoon!This is the moment you've been waiting for, as you'll get the chance to apply the knowledge you've learnt so far. From designing and marketing an App (Enterprise and Computer Science) to a Mock Clinic (Young Doctors) to a Model United Nations (Leadership and Debate) to designing a Magazine (Creative Writing) to a mock trial (Law), your teamwork skills will be tested to the max in our afternoon of fun ChallengesDinnerFilm NightAfter a hard day of putting your learning into practice, chill out in your accommodation with your friends and watch a film. Popcorn provided!

Second week

8am‑9am9am‑10am10am‑11am11am‑12pm12pm‑1pm1pm‑2pm2pm‑3pm3pm‑4pm4pm‑5pm5pm‑6pm6pm‑7pmEvening
SundayBreakfastHero SessionYou'll get the opportunity to meet your course Hero, a young professional who has studied your subject and has gone on to some impressive things in his/her early career. You'll be inspired to discover a possible career you might like to go into, and what a day-in-the-life in this line of work entails. You'll also do a hands-on task related to the typical work you might do in this career, as well as the opportunity to ask your Hero lots of questions.BrunchYou'll eat a delicious brunch in the beautiful dining hall of Corpus Christi CollegeFree TimeYou'll have free time this afternoon, giving you the opportunity to explore some of Oxford's famous museums including the Ashmolean, the world's first university museum, go shopping or alternatively relax and have some downtimeDinnerOSA International BallJoin us for the much anticipated Oxford Scholastica Ball. Put on your finest clothes, represent your country in national dress, and experience a magical evening cruising down the river with your friends
MondayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchDebating MasterclassIn the famous surroundings of the Oxford Union, sharpen your debating skills and put them to the test against your peersDinner
TuesdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchChange the World MasterclassDo you want to make the world a better place? Our Change the World Masterclass will introduce you to the best ways to go about putting your ideas into reality and inspire you with stories of our alumni who have done just that!DinnerConquering HappinessLearn from an expert exactly what it means to be 'happy' and how we can apply these ideas in our own lives
WednesdayBreakfastCambridge TripSee the UK's other famous university city - Cambridge. Take a relaxing punt down the college backs, while learning about the town's history, and take the opportunity to visit some of its beautiful colleges.
ThursdayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchBicester Village, Football Tournament or Free TimeYou'll have the opportunity to go to Bicester Village, Europe's luxury shopping capital, or take part in our football tournament at the famous Iffley Road Sports Centre (where the first sub four minute mile was run by Roger Bannister in 1954), or alternatively you can take the opportunity to have some free time and relax.DinnerOxford's Got TalentTonight you'll get to show off your skills in our talent show, and be amazed at the amazing skills of your friends.
FridayBreakfastClasses and Independent StudyLunchPacking and FeedbackGraduationWe'll be celebrating your achievements at our Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner at the famous Saïd Business School, where you'll also receive our Yearbook which you can get your friends to sign. Parents and friends are very welcome to attend!BBQ and CeilidhDress up and see out our final evening in style with a ceilidh. A ceilidh is a traditional Scottish Dance, and local band Swinging Molly will be present to play the summer school out
SaturdayBreakfastDepartures

Please note this timetable may be subject to change.

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Students making cakes
Matron Kit Anderson with students at Oxford Scholastica

Experience

Pastoral Care

Ensuring that each student has the very best experience possible is our absolute priority.

We understand that a summer away from home can be daunting for parents and students. That’s why all our students also have 24-hour support, security and care from our specialised staff. To help you prepare for joining us in the summer, our Community Team will be in touch to answer any questions and send you some helpful material you might want to look at before you come along.

Like all of our core team, our Community Team will also be on-site over the summer in case students need any help or support.

We also organise group welcome calls before the course where you can meet our team face-to-face, and start to get to know some of the other students who will be your classmates.

Graduation at the Saïd Business School

Inspected and Accredited

Our Law Preparation courses have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

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