This summer the Law Faculty was once again host to 60 17-year-olds, participating in the UNIQ summer school. UNIQ is the University’s only official summer school, a Widening Access initiative which aims to give Year 12 state school pupils a taste of what studying at Oxford is really like.
Attendees came from all over the UK, being selected on the basis of a personal statement alongside academic and socioeconomic criteria. All thoroughly enjoyed the academic programme we had created for them here, as well as attending evening socials and admissions workshops organised by the central UNIQ team. Current Jurisprudence and Law with Law Studies in Europe students acted as mentors to the group throughout their week, staying with them in college and being on-hand to help with work and give their own views about being a student here.
Our Lawyers learnt how to moot, had lectures on everything from causation to Roman law, and visited either Allen & Overy or Linklaters for a full day’s programme (and picking the brains of the trainees, one of whom has been a UNIQ student herself) – they even survived a mini tutorial, despite fears at the beginning of the week! It was amazing to see how well they coped with undergraduate-style lectures, how eager they were to learn (about both undergraduate study and what might come next in the legal profession), and how determined they were to succeed. Who knows, they could be returning to the Cube in October 2016…
The UNIQ website gives more information about the courses available and the application process for the 2016 summer school.