• What will I learn?
  • Who will I be taught by?
  • Who is this course for?
  • What can I do after?
  • During our Law course you will develop the key skills needed to be a good Law student by tackling controversial issues and considering the wider ramifications of legislation. Using debate and discussion, this course will help you to analyse civil and criminal cases. You’ll also get a first taste of mooting, the formal debating of a point of law.

    This year’s course will cover topics in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Students will have the opportunity to explore the lived experience of claiming wrongful conviction in prison as well as the coping mechanisms used by prisons in those situations. All of this will be examined in the wider context of Criminal Justice and it’s purpose, while examining famous cases of wrongful conviction from across Europe.

  • All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will have the opportunity to learn about their look at original research and our tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate your the area of their subject at a higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.

    Emma, this year’s Law tutor, is currently a PhD student at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology. She studied Law at the University of Bristol and has a Master’s degree in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge.

    Tom, one of our 2016 Law tutors, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, and has continued on to study for a PhD there. His main areas of interest are constitutional law and human rights.

  • This course is ideal  for students considering studying Law or any humanities or social-science related subjects at university, and teaches a method of thought and research that is beneficial to all disciplines.

    You will have plenty of opportunities to explore Law in various contexts, including by attending our Current Affairs or our Philosophy and Ethics seminars.

    You might also be interested in our Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, or History courses.

  • Our students go on to study Law and other related subjects, either at universities across the UK, or abroad, including in the US. One of our alumni, Bronte, is currently studying Law at University of Cambridge.

  • What are the requirements for applying to this course?

    As an academic summer school, we invite all students to complete a short application form and short interview with one of our staff before booking. We do not expect students to have studied Law before, but you should enjoy debating, and be confident articulating your ideas.

    English Language requirements: all students need to be able to engage with the course material, which normally means a level of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5 and above, or B2 in the Common European Framework. Don't worry if you don't have a formal qualification - when you chat to one of the team they'll be able to assess your level and answer any questions you may have.

    Not sure about which course is the best for you? Our friendly team is here to help – contact us and we will help you choose the subject that is best suited to your needs.

Studying Law at OISS


Students doing Law at OISS benefit from a combination of small group and one-to-one tutorials, assessed work and individual research. Below is an example of a typical day at the Summer School, to give you an idea of the challenging variety that we offer our students.


 0800   Wake up and go down to breakfast with my friends from my staircase. Have some toast and cereal to start the day, and grab a piece of fruit for a snack later.
 0900   Go to my small group tutorial with our tutor Tom. Tom is currently completing a Doctorate in Law at Oxford, having recently completed his Bachelor of Civil Law. We’ve been focusing on constitutional law and human rights, which means we end up having lots of discussions about politics and ethics.
 1100   We head back to the accommodation to drop off our bags before we head into town for lunch and some free time. Today we’ve decided to explore Jericho and we take a picnic to Port Meadow. We walk around, admiring the lake (and cows!) before strolling back to the accommodation.
 1300   Now it’s time for Independent Research. We have to write an essay about the European Convention on Human Rights for the end of the week, so I’m starting my reading and some basic research to get me started.
 1500   One of the Activity Coordinators, Ella, goes to Oxford and has agreed to take us on a tour of the Oxford colleges. It’s really great to learn about the city from someone who lives there.
 1600   For our activity this afternoon we are going punting. It’s pretty weird but really fun - especially when someone falls in!
 1800   Back to the dining room for dinner and a chance to catch up with everyone.
 1900   We have a lateral thinking workshop with Susan, our housemistress. We have a couple of workshops every week that focus on different skills through loads of fun activities and this one is really great as it helps me practice taking different perspectives to solve problems.
 2200   Hop in the shower to rinse off and chill with my friends before bed.
 2300   Lights out