Advanced Highers: AAB, or AA plus an additional Higher at grade A
IB: 38 (including core points) with at least 666 at HL
Or any other equivalent
Candidates are also expected to have at least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics, or other evidence to demonstrate that they are appropriately numerate. We accept any subjects at A-level except for Genera Studies. There is no particular advantage or disadvantage to studying Law before you apply. Candidates applying for Law with Law Studies in Europe may also need additional language qualifications. To study in France, Germany or Spain candidates would be expected to have the relevant modern language to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. To study in the Netherlands (studying European and International Law), a modern language is not essential since the course is taught in English. To study in Italy, candidates may be admitted without A-level Italian, though they would be expected to demonstrate sufficient language aptitude to be able to achieve the standard required to study successfully in Italy during the year abroad. Intensive language training will be offered during the first two years of the course.
How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]
Tests: LNAT between 1 September and 20 October 2014
Written Work: None required
Tuition Fees for 2014
No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount
Grants, bursaries and scholarships available
More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]
The year abroad has lower fees and extra funding - see ox.ac.uk/erasmus
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Oxford Open days
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Law (Jurisprudence) M100
Law with Law Studies in Europe:
Law with European Law M190
Law with French Law M191
Law with German Law M192
Law with Italian Law M193
Law with Spanish Law M194
Applicants for Law with Law studies in Europe may instead be offered a place on the three-year Law programme.
What is Law?
There are two Law courses at Oxford: Course I is a three-year course and Course II is a four-year course which follows the same syllabus, with the extra year being spent abroad following a prescribed course at a university within the European Union.
The Oxford Law degrees aim to develop in their students a high level of skill in comprehension, analysis and presentation. Students are expected to read a good deal, mostly from primary sources (such as cases and statutes), rather than to take other people’s word for things. They are expected to think hard about what they have read, so as to develop views not simply about what the law is, but also about why it is so, whether it should be so, how it might be different, drawing on moral, philosophical, social, historical, economic and other ideas. Students are asked to process what they read, together with their own thoughts, and to prepare essays and presentations for discussion in tutorials and classes.
Law at Oxford
The Oxford syllabus comprises topics chosen primarily for their intellectual interest, rather than for the frequency with which they arise in practice. But at the same time, the skills of researching, thinking and presentation developed by the Oxford Law courses are eminently suited to practical application, and employers recognise this. Moreover, the skills can be as well applied outside the law as within it. Oxford is probably the only leading law school in the world where the main means by which teaching is done consists of group discussion (tutorials) in groups as small as one, two or three students and a tutor.
The modern, purpose-built Bodleian Law Library holds more than 450,000 law-related items, more than almost any other comparable library in the UK. The library is conveniently located in the same building as the Law Faculty: the St Cross Building. Colleges also have collections of law books for student use.
Course II students spend their third year of study at a university in France, Germany, Italy or Spain (studying French, German, Italian or Spanish law) or the Netherlands (studying European and International law). See the faculty website for further details about Course II and the admissions arrangements.
What are tutors looking for?
The selection criteria are based on the qualities required of a successful law student. Throughout the admissions process, tutors look for evidence of a candidate’s motivation, capacity for sustained academic work, reasoning ability and communication skills. Relevant evidence is provided by a candidate’s academic record (including any predicted grades in forthcoming exams), reference, personal statement and performance in the LNAT. Interviews can provide further relevant information. A candidate’s pre-existing knowledge of the law is not assessed at any stage. For more detailed information on the admissions process, including a video of a mock law interview, please see: www.law.ox.ac.uk.
There is no assumption that our Law graduates ought to pursue a legal career: in practice, around 75% of Oxford Law graduates go on to the legal profession; others continue on to further academic study of law. Although Oxford Law graduates gain a BA in Jurisprudence rather than an LLB, each of the Oxford Law courses counts as a qualifying law degree so Oxford Law graduates can immediately go on to the Legal Practice Course (for solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for barristers).
Many Oxford Law graduates go on to successful careers practising law outside England and Wales. The Oxford Law courses naturally focus on English law, but the fundamental principles of English common law play a key role in other jurisdictions such as those of, for example, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Graduates of the four-year course also gain important international knowledge during their year abroad. If you are considering going on to practise outside England and Wales, and want to know the status of an English law degree within that jurisdiction, please contact the relevant local regulatory body. For example, if you are interested in practising in the United States, you should contact the relevant state regulatory body: useful information can also be found at www.abanet.org.
Amal, who graduated in 2000, is now a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. She was previously a lawyer for the United Nations in the Middle East and at various international courts in The Hague. She says: ‘Studying law at Oxford taught me to identify what is important, challenge accepted wisdom and not be intimidated. These skills helped me follow an unusual career path that I have found fascinating and meaningful’.
Joanna, a solicitor who graduated in 2007, is currently the Private & Legal Secretary to the Chancellor of the High Court. She says: I regularly draw on the skills I developed at Oxford. If a judge asks me to research a point of law I not only use my research skills and ability to conduct legal analysis, but I also rely on the confidence I developed in tutorials to put across my findings and my opinion.
For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].
Please see ox.ac.uk/erasmus for details of Erasmus opportunities for this course.
1st year (terms 1 and 2)
A Roman introduction to private law
Research skills and mooting programme
For those on Course II, there are also French/German/Italian/Spanish law and language classes during the first six terms, or for those going to the Netherlands, introductory Dutch language courses in the second year
First University examinations: Three written papers: one each in Criminal law, Constitutional law and a Roman introduction to private law