UNIQ and Freshfields ExpLaw Summer School

UNIQ is the University of Oxford’s access programme for UK state school students. It prioritises places for students with good grades from backgrounds that are under-represented at Oxford and other universities. Every year more students from diverse backgrounds get offered places at Oxford with help from UNIQ.

UNIQ offers:

  • online support through the application process
  • a residential at an Oxford college for most participants
  • a trip to an Oxford open day for another 250 participants

UNIQ is completely free: accommodation, meals, academic courses, social activities, and travel are all included.

The Freshfields ExpLaw Summer School is for those students who just miss out on a place on UNIQ. Anyone who applies for UNIQ but does not get offered a place on the  programme will automatically be considered for a place on ExpLaw. ExpLaw is a 2 day residential programme that gives students an insight into life as an Oxford law students.

UNIQ Summer School

Students attend lectures and talks at the faculty over a period of four days, with a typical day usually being 9am-5pm. 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 human rights law. There is also much more do to outside the faculty, with sessions on interviews, personal statements and student finance available.

Who is eligible?

UNIQ prioritises state school students with good grades from backgrounds that are under-represented at Oxford and other highly selective universities.

UNIQ welcomes applications from:

· Year 12 students from England and Wales in the first year of A level studies or equivalent

· Year 13 students from Northern Ireland in the first year of A level studies or equivalent

· S5 students from Scotland studying Highers or equivalent

UNIQ use criteria such as experience of being in care, eligibility for Free School Meals, and information associated with the area that you live in to prioritise who comes on UNIQ

How do I apply?

Applications for 2024 are now OPEN, you can apply here

Please note, no applications can or will be considered after noon on 23 January 2024

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 programme is run by the Faculty of Law and students will stay in college accommodation for 2 days, with those travelling more than 4 hours having an additional nights accommodation. Students take part in tutorials, lectures and visit different colleges for lunch and a tour.  The evenings will be taken up with recreational activities in the local area. The sponsoring law firm, Freshfields, also sends representatives  for the entire last day, who give an introduction to the possible routes into law and lead a study skills session on negotiation.


The programme is completely free. We cover all travel, accommodation and food costs.

The application deadline has passed and we have selected students for 2024's cohort. The programme will take place 29th July to  31st July.

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