London, United Kingdom

Law, Lawyers and Social Justice

when 29 June 2020 - 7 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module will consider the role that law plays in society, with a particular focus on the ways in which lawyers can achieve social change.

The module is rooted broadly in law and social sciences and will be richly interdisciplinary in its approach. It will introduce students to conceptions of social justice and to the lawyer-client relationship. Thereafter, students will consider the role of charities and NGOs in advocating and campaigning on social welfare and human rights. They will critically reflect on practical scenarios and real life campaigns and will be challenged to think about the law, and its limitations, in responding to social need. By the end of the module students will be able to question their assumptions about the ways in which the law is constructed and understood in society, as well as the ways in which lawyers achieve, or might fail to achieve, social justice.

Course leader

Jacqueline Kinghan is a Principal Teaching Fellow at UCL Faculty of Laws and a qualified Barrister with experience in criminal law and human rights. She was the founding Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and has particular expertise in clin

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Be able to critically evaluate the role of the law in addressing social justice issues

Understand and be able to describe the role of the lawyer and / or legal NGO within the wider justice system

Be able to apply theory critically to analyse human rights / access to justice campaigns and case studies and evaluate their impact

Have developed team working, communication and presentation skills

Have employed appropriate problem solving techniques in practical case study scenarios

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs £1100 per 3-week Session.