Tamsin, 3rd year
Studying Law at Oxford is a unique experience. I feel I have learnt as much about politics, philosophy and sociology as I have about the law! It equips me with the fullest understanding of the law possible. The reasons behind studying something so abstract as Jurisprudence or Roman Law seemed incomprehensible at first, but it all became clear once I started studying them. For example, the ability to see how contract interacts with tort will help now in exams, as well as when the time comes to leave university and start a career.
Although at first the transition from A-level to university study was a daunting prospect, I soon adapted to Oxford’s distinct methods of teaching. Fellow students and tutors are also always on hand when I find a particular topic tricky or don’t know the meaning of a particular piece of the legal jargon that judges are so fond of using! Tutorials are also a great way to express ideas and queries, although I have to be prepared to fight my corner as no doubt my view will not be held by all. Even if a tutor does agree, they will generally play devil’s advocate so that I learn to reinforce my assertions and develop the skill of being able to take both sides of an argument.
I’ve become used to the workload and managing my own time rather than having a strict timetable of classes.
The beauty of having such freedom as to when I study means that there are lots of opportunities to experience Oxford in full and try out new hobbies or interests.
I have been involved in my college JCR as Academic and Admissions Rep. This role has allowed me to become heavily involved in the politics of the college and to experience something entirely different from my studies. "