The UCL CAJ Access to Justice Summer School 

The Access to Justice summer school is aimed at students in Year 12 from widening participation backgrounds who are interested in studying law at university. 

Summer School Students

The objectives of the summer school are for students to:

  • Gain valuable exposure to life at UCL and in the Faculty of Laws;
  • View University and the study of law as a viable option for their future;
  • Gain insight into the University application process;
  • Learn more about the legal profession and the paths to becoming a lawyer in the UK;
  • Develop a deeper understanding of human rights, citizenship and access to justice issues;
  • Develop important skills such as public speaking, communication, team-working and legal research.


What students said:

"This week has made me want to be a law student so much more. I met people that I would never have crossed paths with and was opened up to numerous different cultures that I'm not surrounded by at home. I have learned things that will be useful later on in life." 

"Due to the UCL Staff and all the mentors, any concerns I had about moving to and living in London have been totally resolved. UCL itself was just an amazing university." 

"I absolutely loved the summer school. I loved the fact that it was residential, that there were social elements, but also that it helped me realise the importance of studying a degree like law."

"Epic isn't even the word. Honestly the best 6 days of my life. Between learning about law and university, experiencing the city of London and meeting the most incredible and inspirational people ever, I just want to say thank you to everyone." 

“I love UCL! It is an incredible environment with a strong focus on hard work, succeeding, and becoming an active member of all societies.”

“I have had more of an insight of what it would be like attending UCL which has made me more excited about university. The tutors and the student mentors I met are inspiring people”

“I think that this summer school was brilliant in helping me improve my confidence and was helpful financially making sure I got here. The [CAJ] staff actually cared about my presence and were really helpful”

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The UCL Access to Justice Summer School 2015

17th AUGUST-22nd AUGUST 2015. 

Eligibility Requirements:  

The summer school is open to students currently studying in Year 12 or equivalent (Year 13 in Northern Ireland and S5 in Scotland) at a state* school in the UK. Priority will be given to students who meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend university.
  • Have achieved at least 5 A/A*s at GCSE
  • Be predicted to achieve at least an AAA or 5 A or B passes at National 5 or equivalent (In some cases applicants with lower predicted grades may be considered.)
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education.
  • Have been eligible for free school meals within the past five years. 

How to apply: 

To apply, you must complete the online application and submit a teacher's reference.

If you are applying from Scotland, please visit this page for guidance on filling out the application. 

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit an application has been extended to 22nd May, 2015. 

For further information about the summer school, please read our informational leaflet outlining the programme and activities. 


If you have any difficulties with the online application or would like more information on the programme prior to applying, please contact Shiva Riahi on s.riahi@ucl.ac.uk  



*A state school includes any maintained or voluntary-aided school,  academies, and free schools. 

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