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Exploring the Law

14 July - 11 August

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 make visits to significant law organisations.

Tab Content: Course Overview

Week 1

You will explore issues and concepts that are fundamental to our understanding of criminal laws and 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

You’ll explore contemporary issues and themes concerning the role and impact of law in other key areas. 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.

Week 3 & 4

In the final weeks, you will turn your attention to international law and human rights law, selecting key themes and issues from this hugely important and contentious area of law. You’ll gain an important overviewof the whole field, while also allowing deeper consideration of selected topics. A trip to London, including visits to leading legal institutions and international legal experts, will help to reinforce the excitement, challenges and transcendental importance of this field of law in the modern world. You’ll also start to prepare for your essay assignments and carry out the last ofthe group exercises, as we pull together the insights, implications and issues that have emerged during the summer school.

Tab Content: Credits & Assessment

Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 8 ECTS credits.

This summer school will be assessed through four methods:

+ 40%: Essay (1,500 words) exploring one designated theme in depth

+ 25%: Presentation

+ 25%: Group work (weekly group presentations and exercises such as mooting or negotiations on specific themes)

+ 10%: Written assessment (annotated bibliography and short proposal forthe essay title)

Tab Content: Fees

This 4 week programme costs £3,547. This fee covers 

  • tuition
  • ensuite single accommodation
  • most meals (meals are not provided when away from campus during scheduled overnight trips, e.g. London).

Please note there may be extra living costs, such as if you opt in to additional trips or eat out.

Find the cost breakdown here.

Lancaster University Global Summer Schools

Global Experiences, Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT


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