Study Law with Oxford Summer Courses

Law Summer School

The question ‘What is the law?’ in relation to a particular problem is far more complicated than it initially appears. The answer will not be revealed simply by turning to the correct page in the statute book. Instead, different cases, legal theories and overarching principles of law must be taken into consideration.

Oxford has produced and continues to produce some of the finest legal minds, from William Blackstone to the heavily influential recent head of the Supreme Court Lord Hoffmann.  All of your tutors will work regularly in this environment and will be involved in investigating and even creating the newest legal developments, as well as being highly experienced in teaching law courses.


At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your Law course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

During your time at Oxford Summer Courses we do not intend to teach you the entirety of English law; nor in the time available could we. Rather the focus is on the constant themes that run throughout legal topics, including questions such as:

  • To what extent should an individual judges view of morality allow them to depart from legal precedent?
  • How do different legal theories influence a judges decision making?
  • How are boundaries drawn and are there alternatives to what may appear arbitrary lines?
  • How are words, such as 'reasonableness', assigned a legal meaning and how does this change over time?
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    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • Somerville College
  • tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast and dinner included

Our Law course for 16-17 year olds focusses on thematic legal topics rather than any specific nuances with British law, giving students an invaluable insight into the legal system of our country and the theories which surround it.

A balance of group seminars and tutorials will give you the opportunity to look at the sources of law and its statutory interpretation, and will see you answering questions such as 'What should the 'rule of law' mean?' and 'How do different legal theories influence a judges decision making.

13-15 years

  • 2 and 4 week courses available
  • High quality Oxford accommodation
  • Maximum 6 students per class
  • Breakfast and dinner included

The Law course at Oxford Summer Courses is designed to introduce you to a subject that is absolutely central to the functioning of modern society. Law is the framework that determines all social, political and economic activity. We all live under a legal system, our tutors will help you be one of the people that understands it.

At Oxford Summer Courses our tutors will help you to demystify this subject and guide you to understand its theoretical importance and practical application. We'll help you understand how law governs the actions of individuals within a society, how it is used to punish crime, enforce agreements between different individuals and companies and how a legal system actually functions. We'll also look at the way in which laws are created as well as how their interpretation and application differs from case to case and the way in which the theories of law interact with its practical application in the real world.

We also supplement our seminars with practical workshops that will help you to understand the way in which the law is actually applied. In the past we've hosted a mock trial, and looked at some of the ways in which laws differ by country to country, we've even had practicing lawyers come in and explain what they do day to day. All of this helps you to understand how Law works and the wide ranging applications it has had in determining the past and in shaping today's society.

Nandita Verma, 2016 Law student from India

I have really enjoyed exploring Oxford, the staff take you to places that I wouldn’t have seen if I came by myself, like Port Meadow and the classical concert. My tutor was fantastic, by the end of the lectures everything was made clear. My favourite thing about the tutorials was that they were one-to-one and interactive. She gave us all a chance to speak and express our opinions. I loved Oxford because it isn’t too crowded and it’s really green and much cooler here than in India where its 45 degrees! The staff are really approachable, relaxed and fun. When I arrived, staff kindly carried my 23kg suitcase to the third floor! They are very caring and get involved with all the fun and games. I loved the day trip to Bath because it’s really different from other cities, there is lots of history and it’s a beautiful place.

Nandita Verma, 2016 Law student from India


Kritika Agrawal

Kritika Agrawal

Kritika Agrawal is a fully qualified lawyer, having obtained her law degree from one of the top national law schools in India. She has 4 years of post-qualification work experience. She worked as the law officer for a multi-national mining group and then went on to work as an independent practitioner in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi. She holds an MSc in Law and Finance from Somerville College, Oxford. While at Somerville, she taught law and business to undergraduate students from the Washington University in St. Louis, US. At present, she is working as an Expatriate Tax Associate with Trotman Repp, a reputed tax law firm in Oxford.

David Frydrych

Lucy Meredith

Lucy recently completed the BPTC (a professional qualification focussed upon preparing lawyers for work at the Bar of England and Wales) and previously read Jurisprudence at Oxford University. She has undertaken internships at the High Court of Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, as well as a number of UK solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers. Currently, Lucy is working for a number of charitable organisations that provide legal advice and support pro bono to victims of domestic violence and to parents of children with special educational needs, and is a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Oxford (18-24 age group)
    • • 2nd July to 15th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 23rd July to 5th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 2nd July to 22nd July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
  • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
  • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 2nd, 9th and 16th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 2nd and 9th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 2nd

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

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