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Summer Law School

Lawyer with civil law code in a court roomThe 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. For 2017 the Summer Law School will be divided into three parts, the first part covering criminal law (including inchoates), 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 review. 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 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.

University of London venue • open to students aged 15-18

The Summer Law School – Part 1 (Criminal Law, Family Law and Jurisprudence), taking place 10th – 14th July (and repeated 31st July – 4th August) 2017. See a schedule for this course here.

The Summer Law School – Part 2 (Contract Law, Civil Wrongs and Corporate Law), taking place 17th – 21st July (and repeated 7th – 11th August) 2017. See a schedule for this course here.

The Summer Law School – Part 3 (International, Human Rights and Constitutional Law), taking place 24th – 28th July (and repeated 29th August – 2nd September) 2017. See a schedule for this course here.

Students aged 11-14 interested in Law should come to the Young Lawyers Summer School.

Feedback from previous Debate Chamber law events – read more here

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!


The Summer Law School was an exhilarating and unforgettable five days. It gave me great insight into the theories of Law and how they are implemented in real court cases; and also provided me with the opportunity to meet other young people with similar interests to me. This experience should not be missed for the world!


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!


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.


Absolutely brilliant. More than anything else, this was a chance to meet like-minded people from all different walks of life. The people I met, I hope to stay in contact with for a very long time. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to do law, but this course gave me an insight that actually positively encouraged me to continue working towards law. Absolutely brilliant.

Book a Place

To attend any one part of the Summer Law School the cost is £475, to attend any two parts the cost is £850, to attend all three parts the cost is £1200. Please note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required. Bookings for any event may be made by individual students or parents or through the school. To book a place or places at the Summer Law School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 519 4827 or email, or use the form below.

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are applying for a bursary please do not complete this form, but instead complete the ‘Bursary Application Form’ here.

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