English Legal Methods Summer Programme

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3 – 30 July 2016
Programme Director: Dr Roderick Munday

This 4-week programme 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 on general structure of the law and legal methods, although detailed study of substantive law is also covered. It attracts participants from across the globe. (Students from common law countries or from countries with mixed legal jurisdictions may also enquire about taking part in this programme.)

If you would like to find out more, in order to decide whether this programme is right for you, please contact us with any specific questions using ‘ELM’ as your subject header.

This programme has been endorsed by Executive and Professional Education, University of Cambridge.

The academic programme

  • Two special subject seminars
  • Three plenary lectures per day
  • Evening talks

Special subject seminars

Weeks 1 to 4
Group A

Em1 - Civil procedure
Em2 - Constitutional and administrative law
Em3 - Company law A
Em4 - Criminal law
Em5 - Contract law A

Weeks 1 to 4
Group B

Em6 - Contract law B
Em7 - Law of torts
Em8 - Private international law
Em9 - Law of trusts
Em10 - Company law B

About the programme

Designed for lawyers and law students who have little or no prior knowledge of the English legal system, this well-respected 4-week programme presents the central aspects of English law.

The 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, labour law, family law etc), public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil and criminal procedure.

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

The programme 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 Selwyn College and the Faculty of Law, where you will also have access to the Squire Law Library.

Plenary lectures

The three morning plenary lectures will be given by leading legal figures from the University of Cambridge and distinguished visiting speakers.

Plenary speakers who have agreed to speak include:

Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court
Professor Pierre Legrand, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Comparative Legal Studies at the Sorbonne. He also teaches as Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego Law School and as Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School. In addition, he teaches every year in Romania and China.
Stephen Reyes, Legal Adviser at Cambridge Magistrates' Court
Professor Andrew Tettenborn, Swansea University Law School and the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

Evening talks

Optional evening talks are shared with the Science, Literature, Ancient and Classical Worlds, History and Interdisciplinary Summer Programmes running at this time. Planned talks include:

Dr Lucilla Burn: Exploring the Fitzwilliam in its 200th Anniversary Year
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: New light on Rome
Michael Wood: Travels on the Silk Road
Professor Paul Cartledge: The roots of democracy
Dr James Grime: The Enigma code-breaking machine

An Introduction to Macbeth

An Introduction to A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Entry and attendance requirements

The entry requirements are as follows:

  • All teaching will be in English. Applicants must meet our language requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements should contact us for advice.
  • 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 normally be accepted. However, students from common law countries or from countries with mixed legal jurisdictions may be considered for this programme.
  • 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.

College accommodation

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 facilities) on half board basis.

Information for applicants

Programme calendar (pdf version 32KB)
How to apply (pdf version 90KB)
Tuition and accommodation fees (pdf versions, 42KB and 46KB)
Language requirements
Visa guidance
Booking terms and conditions

Payment schedule. If you would like to discuss a different payment schedule for this 4-week programme, please contact us.

What our students say

Here's what some of our past students had to say about the 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”