English Legal Methods Summer School
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This international course, which began in 1948, presents the central aspects of English law for lawyers and law students from countries whose legal systems are not based on English common law. Much of the emphasis is placed on the general structure of the law and legal methods, although detailed study of substantive law is not neglected. The course attracts participants from across the globe.
Who should apply?
This course is ideal for law students, both graduate and undergraduate, academic lawyers and those practising law in their own jurisdiction. It has been designed for participants who have little or no prior knowledge of Common law and who wish to learn about the central aspects of English Law. Therefore, owing to the nature of the academic content taught, applications from countries whose legal systems are based on, or have elements of English Common law, will not be accepted.
All participants must have completed a minimum of one year of their legal studies at undergraduate level.
All lectures will be at the Faculty of Law, on the University's Sidgwick Site in the Lord Foster-designed state-of-the-art building. You will have access to the Squire Law Library, which maintains one of the largest legal collections (both printed and electronic) in the United Kingdom.
What will I be studying?
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 Faculty of Law and all teaching will be in English. You must feel confident that you are able to follow and understand the lectures and seminars, and that you are able to fully take part in discussions in English in order to gain the most out of your experience whilst attending the summer school. You will not need to complete and pass a TOEFL or IELTS test for this particlular programme.
The course is comprised of lectures and seminars which all participants must attend. You will need to sign up for your choice of seminar subjects, details of which are contained in the syllabus (which you may download below).
Please note that the following seminar subjects are now fully booked: Contract law, Company law, Private International law.
Accommodation will be at Selwyn College, which is a five minute walk from the Faculty of Law. Bedrooms are comprised of ensuite and standard (shared bathroom). Please do not contact Selwyn College direct as all bookings must be made through the Institute of Continuing Education.
All participants pay:
- The non-refundable Registration fee: £400
- The Course fee: £1,965 (which includes all teaching and selected evening events)
The total cost will depend on whether you opt for College accommodation and if so, which option you select. All accommodation is at Selwyn College and all (including the 'no accommodation' option) include breakfast and evening meals. The options and associated costs are:
- Accommodation option A: £2,000 (single bedroom with ensuite bathroom facilities)
- Accommodation option B: £1,550 (single bedroom with shared bathroom facilities)
- Accommodation option C: £1,300 (single bedroom with shared bathroom facilities, just outside the main college buildings)
- Accommodation option D: £0 (no accommodation)
How do I apply?
You may book online using the Book online now button at the top of this page, or by selecting one of the accommodation links above.
Alternatively you can download the application form (below) and submit it with the appropriate fees and three identical passport sized colour photographs. Priority will be given to applications in order of receipt, so early application is advisable. Please do not assume that you have been accepted until you receive confirmation from us. Places are not secured until full payment has been received.
The final closing date has been extended to: 21 June 2012
Kindly note, that from now on applications can only be accepted with payment of fees in full.
Upon completion of a non-credit-bearing course, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance. If you require a Certificate of Attendance please inform Professional Studies when you submit your application.
Except in exceptional circumstances, Certificates of Attendance can only be supplied following 100 percent attendance on the course.
Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language 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.
To register your interest in this course please contact us:
Write to usProfessional Studies
Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
9 July 2012 (15:00)
3 August 2012 (12:00)
21 June 2012
Faculty of Law
University of Cambridge
10 West Road
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