UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws hosts online Year 12 Summer School

30 July 2020

UCL Laws ran a virtual Summer School (with the Sutton Trust) on 20-24 July 2020. The Summer School was for students in Year 12 from widening participation backgrounds who are interested in studying law at university.

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Every year, UCL Access and Widening Participation runs a number of Summer Schools for Year 12 state school students, which aim to offer a taste of studying a degree programme and university life. This year, the Year 12 Summer Schools were delivered online due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

The Laws Summer School was run in partnership with the Sutton Trust through Sutton Trust Online, a new digital platform which was developed to deliver the programme in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The objectives of the Laws Summer School were for students to:

  • Gain valuable exposure to life at UCL and UCL Faculty of Laws;
  • Develop an awareness of what the study of law entails;
  • Gain insight into the university application and selection processes and familiarity with the LNAT Test and advice on writing personal statements;
  • Learn about the legal profession and paths to becoming a lawyer.

Students who took part in the Summer School found the week highly engaging and valuable.

  • “The virtual tour of the Supreme Court was something I was very much looking forward to and though I would love to have been there in person, I still learned so much from this experience. I particularly enjoyed learning about the amazing female role models in the legal profession - it really inspired me.”
  • “The passion shown about studying at UCL Laws by the Student Leaders has confirmed that I would love to make an application here. Initially, I was nervous about the possibility of being in a city as large as London. However, the Student Leaders have emphasised to me that UCL is a community, filled with those who are passionate about their subjects.”
  • “I particularly enjoyed Stephen Vaughan’s Climate change seminar as it introduced me to a whole new world of law which I hadn’t previously explored. It encouraged me to think about how simple everyday activities such as buying from fast fashion brands (more implicit) can cause an impact on the environment.”
  • “On a practical level, this week has been amazing in giving advice on actually applying to university, which I am massively grateful for as it is a difficult and highly competitive process which I was very nervous about. Following the advice and new knowledge I have been given, I feel far more confident.”
  • “I’ll never forget the memories that I have made on the Summer School programme and I am very grateful to everyone who has made it possible for this event to run. What an experience this has been.”

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