The Law School preparation programme combines sessions devoted to the process of applying to law school with sessions in which students will learn about an aspect of law and then debate it.
This programme is also available in Cambridge and London.
For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Law course.
On the Law School preparation programme, students focus on and practise the skills necessary in a good law school and law firm interview. They are asked to consider different types of questions they might be asked in interviews, and how best to tackle them. They learn how to write a good legal essay and increase their commercial awareness in order to apply for relevant jobs and internships in the legal sector.
Students are guided through the process of writing a strong personal statement. Over the two weeks they draft their own statement in order to have a first or second draft of their statement ready by the time they leave Oxford.
In addition, students look at the LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law), which is used by many universities to assess applicants. Students are introduced to the most important skills necessary to tackle the essay section of the test. They also look at the types of multiple choice questions asked on the exam, and get a chance to answer them under timed conditions.
Crown Court Visit
A particular highlight for our students is witnessing a criminal trial in London to experience advocacy first-hand and to gain a sense of what it is like to speak in court. Students will also get a chance to work in groups on a moot, which is an oral presentation of a legal argument against an opponent in the presence of a judge. Students will be given a set of facts, and research and prepare an argument on behalf of their (fictional) clients. Through the exercise students will practise their speech-writing and advocacy skills. The programme ends with a mock trial in which all students will play different roles.
This course aims to:
- introduce students to law in the UK;
- equip students with a variety of logic and argumentation skills and techniques that will enable them to construct convincing arguments both in essays and in oral debate;
- familiarise students with the entry requirements to study Law at UK Universities.
By the end of the course students will have:
- gained insight into what constitutes a strong application to study law at a UK university;
- developed and practised their critical thinking and logical reasoning skills
- improved their interview technique and grown in confidence in their presentation skills;
- gained an understanding of contract, commercial and business law in the UK;
- strengthened their public speaking and debating skills;
- developed their confidence in presenting their arguments in a range of different contexts.
Transferable Life Skills
Attendees on the Law School Preparation Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:
- developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
- confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
- responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
- communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.
Whom is the Law School Preparation course for?
The Law School Preparation course is designed for students who aspire to study Law at university. It’s usually the case that assertive students who enjoy debating, particularly in a formal setting, are encouraged to study Law at university. However, while such students are often suited to the type of work required of barristers, they are not the only students who do well in such a career. Students who find the intricacies of the law and the ways in which our society is arranged to be of interest, even if they are not enthusiastic debaters, should consider Law as an option for their future career.
As such, although this course is primarily intended for those who have already decided that they want to apply to study Law at university, it is also suitable for students who are currently in the process of deciding what they want to study, or whether studying Law in the UK would suit them. This course enables students to try out what it’s like to study Law, including important elements of a university-style course such as mooting (the process of staging a mock trial) and looking at the wide range of topics that come under the purview of the law.
How will the Law School Preparation course help me achieve my ambitions?
The Law School Preparation course has been carefully designed to help you in every aspect of the road to law school.
A realistic impression of law school
From films like ‘Legally Blonde’ to bizarre urban myths passed around on student forums, it’s very easy to get a false impression of what the undergraduate study of law consists of, and, more generally, what life at law school is actually like. Law School Preparation will provide students with an introduction to the legal concepts that they will encounter, such as Business Law, Contract Law and Criminal Law, and an impression of how these topics are taught in an undergraduate setting.
This means that students who have taken the Law School Preparation course will be able to approach applications to law school from a position of greater understanding. Additionally, having become acclimatised to the way law is studied at university, they will be ready to work in the right way from their first day at law school, gaining a head-start over peers who may still be settling in.
Practise for the LNAT
The LNAT is an aptitude test used by eight of the best UK universities in order to differentiate between top candidates, particularly in the assessment of logical reasoning skills and reading comprehension. Universities requiring the LNAT include Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, King’s College London, Nottingham, Oxford and University College London. With candidates’ average scores rising every year, preparing well for this test is becoming ever more important. This course helps students improve their LNAT scores by talking through what the test requires, looking at sample questions and practising under exam conditions, so that when students come to take the LNAT for real, they will be familiar and comfortable with its requirements, and thus ready to do well.
Learn about UCAS applications
For non-UK applicants, the UCAS university application system can be very confusing. Guidance on which combination of universities to apply to and how to write a good personal statement can vary widely, and it can be hard to tell when it is reliable and when not. Our expert teachers know what it takes to get accepted at law school through the UCAS system, and you can be sure that their advice will stand you in good stead when you begin the application process.
One aspect of the Law School Preparation course is working on your personal statement. The personal statement is often considered the most challenging part of the UCAS application process. It’s a 40-line statement, written by the student, laying out why they want to study their chosen course and what makes them suited to it – a task that many students find very hard to achieve. On the Law School Preparation course, you’ll learn what makes a good personal statement, have the opportunity to read successful personal statements and draft your own personal statement under our teachers’ guidance.
UCAS also allows students to apply to only five universities per application cycle, which means that the universities students apply to must be chosen carefully. Again, our teachers will be able to advise students on which courses at which universities might suit them best, and which they would be best off targeting given their academic performance and their interests. This helps students avoid ‘wasting’ a UCAS space on a university that would not be right for them, so that they apply to five universities that they are right for and that are right for them, maximising their chances of success.
Gain interview skills
While most universities don’t interview for law, it’s important to be properly prepared if you’re applying to those that do – and even if you’re not, interview skills will be vital when you graduate and enter the competitive world of applying to law firms for a training contract.
During your time on the Law School Preparation course, you’ll be taking part in discussion and debate on a daily basis, giving you practice in airing your views in front of an audience of your peers and a qualified teacher, which will increase your confidence and skills in public speaking. You’ll have the chance to take part in a mock interview to hone interview-specific skills, too, which will also give you valuable experience of the style of questions you can expect from a law school interview. What’s more, the material you will cover on the course will be a helpful source of information for interview discussions, both in terms of the detail of the law that you will cover and in terms of broader issues, such as the impact of ethical dilemmas on the law and the way the law interacts with different ethical systems.
Why attend the Law School Preparation course now?
If you’re aged 16-18, now is the time to act if you want to improve your chances of getting into law school. Most people choose to apply to UCAS in the last year of school, so it’s valuable to learn about the process before you reach this stage, in order to have plenty of time to gather the relevant experience for your personal statement, to read around the topic for your interview and to research possible university options for your application.
Eligibility and Pre-requisites
Students on the Law School Preparation Programme:
- Must conform to our Age Policy.
- Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to assist you.
- Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
- Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.