Law at Oxford - Course Outline
First Year (terms first and second)
- Criminal law
- A Roman introduction to Private law
- Constitutional law
- Research skills programme
Candidates who have opted Course II shall be going to Germany, France, Spain or Italy. There are also German/French/Spanish/Italian language and law classes during the first six terms. In the second, there are introductory Dutch language courses for students who are going to the Netherlands.
First university exams:
Three written papers: one each in Constitutional law, Criminal law and a Roman introduction to Private law.
First Year (term 3), Second and Third year
- Contract law
- Tort law
- Land law
- Course II: year 3 is spent abroad
- Administrative law
- European Union law
- Two optional standard subjects
Final University examinations:
Seven compulsory subjects, one written paper each
Two optional subjects: usually written papers but methods of evaluation may vary
Course II students shall be evaluated during their year abroad by the university they attend.
The Teaching Programme
Colleges have the discretion to teach subjects in various terms; however, students learn through a form of directed research into one or more different subjects each term. The university organizes workshops and seminars where prominent legal scholars are invited to guide students. These scholars encourage students to get a thorough understanding of the subject.
Candidates should follow the application procedure as mentioned in the how to apply page. The following information helps students to apply for law course.
Students do not need to submit any written work while applying for the course. However, they need to take written tests. Candidates applying to study law at Oxford ought to take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) on the prescribed date by the university. Some of the other universities also require candidates to take this test.
The expectation is that students shall take the test onscreen in a designated test centre. The test aims at assessing students' aptitudes rather than their knowledge. Students' performance in this test shall be used as an additional factor in determining whether to interview students or to offer them a place. Candidates may take the test at designated test centres anywhere in the world. For further details, the information on how to register and a specimen paper, please see the university website.
Candidates with law studies in Europe and who are applying for German, Spanish, French or Italian law options may be given an oral test in the associated European language at the time of interview.
The selection criteria are based upon the qualities required of successful law students. Generally, tutors look for evidence of candidates' enthusiasm, reasoning ability, ability for sustained academic work and communication skills. Relevant evidence is presented by candidates' academic record, personal statement, reference and performance in the LANT. Interviews may provide further relevant information. For further details on the admission process comprising a video of a mock law interview, please see the university website.