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Introduction to Law

08 - 26 July 2024

Explore current legal issues and develop your awareness and understanding of the methods, processes and concepts that underpin University-level legal studies. For those interested in studying law at postgraduate level, try studying law for the first time: you’ll experience lectures, seminars and group work on campus, field trips to help you connect the issues and concepts to the practice and operation of law, plus travel to London to explore the capital.

Tab Content: Programme Overview

Week 1

You will explore issues and concepts that are fundamental to our understanding of law and legal processes. Lectures will introduce the issues and concepts, explain their significance and the context in which they operate and develop. You will then have an opportunity to discuss and explore the issues further in seminars as well as develop your analytical and legal reasoning skills in masterclasses. You will also begin to work in a team, engaging in group exercises during the workshops.

Week 2 & 3

You will explore contemporary issues and themes concerning the role and impact of law in selected key areas of law – criminal law, human rights law and civil law. Skills masterclasses will give you a grounding in legal research and writing skills. In the workshops, you will work more independently in teams on exercises arising out of the lectures and seminars.

You will take a trip to explore the capital, London, and you will also start to prepare for your essay assignments. You will carry out the last of the group exercises, as we pull together the insights, implications and issues that have emerged during the summer school.

Intercultural and social experience:

Throughout the three weeks, you will be accompanied by Lancaster Student Ambassadors who will help you settle into Lancaster, showing you around campus, and answering your questions. They will also lead evening social activities and weekend trips, giving you plenty of chances to make new international friends.

A 2-night stay in London is also included in the programme.

Tab Content: Credits & Assessment

Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits.

This summer school will be assessed through two methods:

+ 60%: Essay (1,500 words) exploring one designated theme in depth

+ 40%: Presentations which will be delivered across the three weeks on specific themes

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