English Legal Methods Summer School

Selwyn College Chapel, Cambridge
Selwyn College Chapel, 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.

About the programme

The course is designed for lawyers and law students who have little or no prior knowledge of the English legal system.

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.

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

Entry and attendance requirements

The entry requirements are as follows:

  • 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. Please note however, there is no requirement to pass a standardised test of English language proficiency.
  • Participants should be practising lawyers, academic lawyers or law students with no prior knowledge of the English legal system, and should be from countries whose legal jurisdictions are not based on English common law. 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 one year of their legal studies at undergraduate level by the time the course starts. Those without any formal legal training will not be accepted.

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 2014 programme:

“Excellent quality of teaching, fantastic & beautiful environment, wonderful lectures, thought-provoking seminars”

“I would love to stay much longer to learn more from the best academics and professors in the world”

“It fulfilled all my expectations by giving me a general overview about the most important aspects of the legal system of England and Wales”

When can I apply?

We hope to open for bookings later in the autumn. In the meantime, please register your interest by emailing CPD@ice.cam.ac.uk and you will be kept updated.


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

6 July 2015

End date

31 July 2015

Course code



4 weeks


Faculty of Law
University of Cambridge
10 West Road
United Kingdom

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