UNIQ and Freshfields ExpLaw Summer School

UNIQ is a university-wide free residential summer school, organised via faculties with students staying in one of 14 supporting colleges. The Freshfields ExpLaw Summer School is for those students who just miss out on a place on UNIQ.

UNIQ Summer School

Students attend lectures and talks at the faculty over a period of four days, with a typical day usually being 9am-4.30pm. This year students participated in a mock court hearing, tried their hand at commercial negotiation and took part in a tutorial with one of our graduate students. They also had lectures on topics such as criminal law and Brexit. There is also much more do to outside the faculty, with sessions on interviews, personal statements and student finance available.

2024 dates TBC

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be in your first year of A-levels (or equivalent).
  • Attend a UK state school/college/sixth form/academy.
  • Be a UK resident settled in the UK at the time of applying to UNIQ with no restrictions on the period for which you may stay in the UK. You must have been resident in the UK from October 2019, and this residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education during any part of it.
  • Have attained 5 GCSE A* or equivalent.
  • Your socio-economic background is also taken into account, so factors like where you live will be looked at. Further information is available here.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Please note applications for 2024 will be advertised here on and on the UNIQ website in due course, and no applications can or will be considered after the deadline posted.

For further information, please visit the UNIQ Website

Freshfields ExpLaw Summer School

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There is no separate application process for Freshfields ExpLaw Summer School - you will be automatically considered if you apply for UNIQ. The residential programme lasts for two days with overnight accomodation in an Oxford College. Students take part in tutorials, lectures and visit different colleges for lunch and a tour. The sponsoring law firm, Freshfields, also sends representatives who give a talk on routes into law and lead a study skills session on negotiation.

In 2023 the ExpLaw programme took place on 1st & 2nd August, dates for 2024 TBC but expected to be end of July / early August.

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