English Legal Methods Summer School

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Selwyn College, Cambridge
Selwyn College, Cambridge

This international course presents the central aspects of English law for lawyers and law students from countries whose legal systems are not based on English Common Law. The course gives a comprehensive introduction to the general structure of the law and legal methods, and includes some detailed study of substantive law. It attracts participants from across the globe.

This course has been endorsed by the Board of Executive and Professional Education, University of Cambridge.

Who should apply?

The course is designed for lawyers and law students who have little or no prior knowledge of the English legal system. Owing to the nature of the academic content taught, applications from countries whose legal systems are based on English Common Law will not be accepted. Law students must have completed a minimum of 1 year of their legal studies at undergraduate level.

About the programme

The lecture programme will aim to include: the development and structure of English law, the sources of English law, the courts and legal profession, private law (property, obligations, trusts etc.), public law, criminal law, civil and criminal justice.

Teaching is provided predominantly by members of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, and all teaching will be in the English language.

The course is comprised of lectures and seminars which all participants must attend. You will be able to choose from a selection of seminar subjects, we will aim to include: civil procedure, company law, constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, law of contract, law of trusts, law of torts, private international law.

Lectures will take place at the Faculty of Law, where you will also have access to the Squire Law Library.

Course specification (PDF, 135KB)

Tour of the Supreme Court

We are delighted to once again offer students the opportunity of a guided tour of the Supreme Court in London.

Course fees

The course fee is £2,500. Please note that this includes a non-refundable deposit of £400, and does not include accommodation.

Please see Policy 1 of our Fee and refund policy for further information.


Accommodation will be available at the magnificent Selwyn College, just a short walk from the Faculty of Law.

You will have the option of en-suite or standard single study bedrooms (shared bathroom) on either a full or half board basis, commencing either 6 or 7 July and departing 1 August.

Accommodation will be offered as follows:

  • Option A: £2,450 (Full board en-suite)
  • Option B: £2,065 (Full board shared bathroom)
  • Option C: £2,125 (Half board en-suite)
  • Option D: £1,675 (Half board shared bathroom)

The Tour de France cycle race is passing through Cambridge on Monday 7 July, so we are pleased to announce that accommodation is also available on Sunday 6 July at additional cost. This offer is additional to the accommodation packages listed above, and is only available to those staying in College for the duration of the summer school.

Payment of fees

You can either pay in full on application, or in 4 equal instalments by credit card (the first instalment to be paid upon application, with three further instalments collected on 1 April 2014, 1 May 2014 and 1 June 2014). Kindly note that if you apply after the 1 April, you will have to pay the initial instalment together with the April payment, so please bear this in mind when setting up payment on-line and by credit card.

Payment of the course and accommodation fees may be made via credit card online, or, if you opt to make a bank transfer please contact us for specific information to supply to your bank. Please note you will be liable to pay bank charges.

Entry and attendance requirements

All teaching will be in English, so you must feel confident that you are able to follow lectures and take part actively in seminars. A high level of fluency is important, although no specific language qualification is required in order to apply for this programme.

A certificate of attendance will be given to those who attend all lectures and seminars.

What our students say

Here's what some of our students had to say about the 2013 programme:

"This course undoubtedly provides, in only a few weeks, a comprehensive and useful approach of the English Law paradigm. A good intellectual challenge in a very friendly context. Thank you"

"It gives a comprehensive and intense introduction of English Law and more importantly it gives us an insight on how to think/consider under English Law.... the professors in the lectures and seminars are of high level and extremely well prepared for the course"

"Exceeded my expectations, it’s a very interesting course"

Course brochure

Download the course brochure (PDF file, 253KB)

How to apply

Payment of the course and accommodation fees may be made via credit card online using the link at the top of this page, or, if you opt to make a bank transfer please contact us for specific information to supply to your bank. Alternatively, you may also secure your place by completing and returning the paper application form (see below).


pdf Application form


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Pre-enrolment information

Information about studying with ICE

Register interest

To register your interest in this course please contact us:

Write to us

Elizabeth Moore
Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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+44 (0)1223 746418

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Course details

Start date

7 July 2014

End date

1 August 2014

Application deadline

9 June 2014

Course code



4 weeks


Faculty of Law
University of Cambridge
10 West Road
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits


Course director