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Law (Jurisprudence) at Oxford

About the Course

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Law (Jurisprudence). There are two Law courses at the university. The duration of Course I is a three-year and Course II is a five-year course that follows the same syllabus along with extra year being spent abroad following a prescribed degree course at Oxford within the European Union.

The aim of the Law degree course is to develop students' skills such as presentation and analysis. Students are expected to read a good deal, especially, from primary sources such as statutes and cases. Students are expected to think hard about what they have read in order to develop views about what the law is, whether it should be so, how it might be different, drawing on historical, social, economic, philosophical and other ideas. Students are asked to prepare presentations and essays for discussion in classes and tutorials.

The Oxford syllabus includes topics chosen for their intellectual interest rather than for the frequency with which they come up in practice. The skills of presentation, researching and thinking are enhanced by the Oxford courses. These courses are highly suited to practical application and many employers recognize this.

Furthermore, these skills can be applied outside the law as within it. Most probably, Oxford is the only leading law school in the world where the major means by which teaching is done. Teaching at the university comprises group discussion. Students are given through understanding of the subject.

The university has a well-equipped library. The Bodleian Law Library has an ample array of over 4, 00, 000 law-related items. It is one of the largest libraries in the UK. It is conveniently situated in the same building as the lecture rooms, Law Faculty and St. Cross Building. Colleges also have a fine collection of law books. Students spend their time in these libraries to enhance their knowledge.

European Opportunities

Course II students have to spend their third year of study at a university in Germany, France, Spain or Italy (studying German, French, Spanish or Italian) or the Netherlands (studying International and European law). Students are advised to see the faculty website for further details about Course II and the admissions arrangements.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA or AAB plus an additional Higher at grade A
  • IB: 39 comprising core points (with minimum 7,6,6 at HL)
  • Or any other equivalent

Candidates are expected to have minimum a 'C' grade in GCSE mathematics or any other evidence to demonstrate that they are appropriately numerate. Besides this, the choice of subject is up to students.

There is no specific advantage or disadvantage to studying law before candidates apply. Candidates applying for law with law studies in Europe are expected to have the related modern language to A-level, higher level or advanced higher in the IB or any academic equivalent. Nevertheless, if candidates desire to spend their third year of study in the Netherlands (studying international and European law) then a modern language is not required since the course is taught in English.

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