|UCAS code||See course options||Duration|
3 years or 4 years with year abroad (BA equivalent to LLB)
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|Admissions test(s)||ox.ac.uk/lnat||Written work||None|
*3-year average 2017-19
A relevant modern language for Law with Law Studies in Europe (not required for European Law)
A subject involving essay writing
Subject requirements: Essential Recommended Helpful – may be useful on course
Please note that there may be no data available if the number of course participants is very small.
Studying law will not only give you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor or barrister: it will also help you develop a diverse set of skills which you will be able to apply in many different situations. You will learn to assimilate and analyse complex information, construct arguments, write with precision and clarity and think on your feet.
The Oxford Law degree aims to develop all these skills, but its particular strength is in teaching you to think for yourself. Students are expected to read a good deal, mostly from primary sources, and to develop views not simply about what the law is, but also about why it is so, whether it should be so, and how it might be different.
There are two Law courses at Oxford: Course I is a three-year course; Course II is a four-year course which follows the same syllabus, but with a third year abroad at a university in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (studying French, German, Italian, or Spanish law), or the Netherlands (studying European and International law). Students on Course II (Law with Law Studies in Europe) gain additional skills through exposure to different legal systems and the different approaches to teaching practised by our European partner institutions. There is a risk that the UK’s departure from the European Union may impact on the year abroad in Course II, as explained on the Fees and Funding tab.
Students who have graduated in other subjects may undertake the accelerated ‘Senior Status’ version of Course I. For further information about the courses, please refer to the Law Faculty website.
|“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 law will help now in exams, as well as when the time comes to leave university and start a career.” |
|“There are three main reasons [why I chose Law]: first, I want to protect myself, my family and under-represented groups: women, children, animals, and so on. I have a feeling that law is a powerful shield and weapon. Second, law is a subject with a broad application. I don't have in mind a specific occupation, but I know the type of work I'm interested in (in general terms, represent and care for the under-represented and to catalyse change). Law would allow me to figure out the best match between my legal knowledge and interest. Third, I know that this degree will expose me to many opportunities to build up the set of skills useful for the work I'm interested in.” |
|“One thing I can never get over is the fact that world-leading academics are teaching you and just the standard of excellence we get here. That main core textbook? Your lecturer probably wrote or edited it. That really famous scientist/academic/judge/barrister/author/poet/etc. very likely sat in the same room you do lectures in. My course is amazing because of my fellow lawyers … not only are we super close outside of the library/tutorials, but the conversations and discussions we can have are indispensable. Building on one another's ideas, thoughts and views from the reading, assessing one another's essays/problem questions.” |
Law with European Law
Law with French Law
Law with German Law
Law with Italian Law
Law with Spanish Law
A typical week
You will be studying between one and two subjects at any one time (or up to three subjects in your third year) so in any given week you are likely to have one to two tutorials of an hour each (in a group of two to four students) and be asked to write an essay for each tutorial. Lectures are often regarded as an optional extra, with the tutorial system being our core form of teaching. On average, most students will go to two to three hours of lectures (or seminars for third year options) each week. Most of your working time (we anticipate the workload is 45 hours per week) will be devoted to reading, thinking, and writing your essays in preparation for the tutorials.
Tutorials are usually 2-4 students and a tutor. Classes, which are generally organised by individual colleges, are usually 6-10 students. Seminars for second-year Jurisprudence mini-options and third-year optional courses generally involve groups of no more than 30 students but may on occasion exceed that number if the seminar covers more than one option. Most tutorials, classes, and lectures are delivered by staff who are tutors in their subject. Many are world-leading experts with years of experience in teaching and research. Some teaching may also be delivered by postgraduate students who are usually studying at doctorate level.
To find out more about how our teaching year is structured, visit our Academic Year page.
|YEAR 1 (TERMS 1 AND 2)|
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
|YEAR 1 (TERM 3), YEARS 2 AND 3 (AND 4)|
Course II: Year 3 is spent abroad
ASSESSMENTFinal University examinations:
A full list of current options is available on the Law website.
The content and format of this course may change in some circumstances. Read further information about potential course changes.
*There is a risk that the UK’s departure from the European Union may impact on the year abroad in Course II, as explained in more detail on the Fees and Funding tab.
|Advanced Highers:||AAB or AA with an additional Higher at grade A|
|IB:||38 (including core points) with 666 at HL|
|Or any other equivalent (see other UK qualifications, and international qualifications)|
Wherever possible, your grades are considered in the context in which they have been achieved. (See further information on how we use contextual data.)
|Law (Course I)|
|Helpful:||An essay subject can be helpful when completing this course but is not required for admission.|
|Law with Law Studies in Europe (Course II)|
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 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.
|Helpful:||An essay subject can be helpful when completing this course but is not required for admission.|
If, and only if, you have chosen to take any science A-levels, we expect you to take and pass the practical component in addition to meeting any overall grade requirement.
If English is not your first language you may also need to meet our English language requirements.
All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.
|Test date:||before or on 15 October 2020|
|Registration deadline:||15 September 2020|
All candidates must take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) as part of their application. A number of other universities also require candidates to sit this test, registration for the test is required and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for these tests. We strongly recommend making the arrangements in plenty of time before the deadline. Everything you need to know, including guidance on how to prepare, can be found on the LNAT page.
Candidates for Law with Law Studies in Europe who are applying for the French, German, Italian or Spanish law options may be given an oral test in the relevant European language at the time of interview.
You do not need to submit any written work when you apply for this course.
What are tutors looking for?
Academic achievement, reasoning ability, good communication skills both on paper and verbally, a capacity for hard work, and an interest in Law. For more on admissions, including a video of a demonstration interview, please see the Law Faculty website. For more detail on the selection criteria for this course, please see the Law Faculty website.
While there is no assumption that our Law graduates pursue a legal career, around 75% of Oxford Law graduates do go on to the legal profession. 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). The routes to qualifying as a solicitor are changing, so students starting their degree in 2021 will also have the option of doing the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE) as an alternative to the Legal Practice Course. For more information about the SQE, which is particularly relevant if you intend to start your degree in 2022 or later, see www.sra.org.uk. (Please see the Law Faculty website for more information about professional qualifications)
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. Graduates of the four-year course also gain important international knowledge during their year abroad. If you want to know the status of an English law degree in another jurisdiction, please contact the relevant local regulatory body.
Victoria is a trainee with Linklaters. She says: ‘Studying Law at Oxford was about so much more than just learning and applying the law. I learnt to consider its history, and the social and political context within which it now operates. Throughout, I was challenged to critically assess what I was learning and its broader context, and to develop my own opinions.’
Oxford University is committed to recruiting the best and brightest students from all backgrounds. We offer a generous package of financial support to Home/Republic of Ireland students from lower-income households. (UK nationals living in the UK are usually Home students.)
Further information for EU students starting in 2021 is available here.
These annual fees are for full-time students who begin this undergraduate course here in 2021.
Annual Course fees
|Home (UK, Republic of Ireland,|
Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
|Overseas (including EU)||£28,370|
Living costs for the academic year starting in 2021 are estimated to be between £1,175 and £1,710 for each month you are in Oxford. Our academic year is made up of three eight-week terms, so you would not usually need to be in Oxford for much more than six months of the year but may wish to budget over a nine-month period to ensure you also have sufficient funds during the holidays to meet essential costs. For further details please visit our living costs webpage.
Home/Republic of Ireland
A tuition fee loan is available from the UK government to cover course fees in full for Home (UK) and Republic of Ireland students undertaking their first undergraduate degree*, so you don’t need to pay your course fees up front.
In 2021 Oxford is offering one of the most generous bursary packages of any UK university to UK/Republic of Ireland students with a family income of around £42,875 or less, with additional opportunities available to UK students from households with incomes of £27,500 or less. This support is available in addition to the government living costs support. See further details.
Islands students are entitled to different support to that of students from the rest of the UK.
Please refer the links below for information on the support to you available from your funding agency:
Please refer to the "Other Scholarships" section of our Oxford Bursaries and Scholarships page.
*If you have studied at undergraduate level before and completed your course, you will be classed as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification student (ELQ) and won’t be eligible to receive government or Oxford funding
Additional Fees and Charges Information for Law (Jurisprudence) Course II
Students taking Law with Law Studies in Europe are currently expected to spend the third year of this course abroad studying at a host university. During the year abroad, students currently pay significantly reduced fees to the University. For example, for students going on their year abroad in 2020, who started an undergraduate course in 2018, the course fees are:
- Home/Republic of Ireland/Islands students: £1,385 for the year.
- International students: £9,645 for the year.
The year abroad is currently arranged and partially funded through the Erasmus+ programme and at present students do not pay tuition fees to host institutions, though for some destinations, additional charges which apply to all students at that institution, may be payable. Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the University’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme or equivalent framework is not guaranteed. However, the Law Faculty has separate agreements with its partner universities across Europe which it is hoped should enable exchanges to continue on the same basis.
At present, an Erasmus+ grant for living costs is available to students on their year abroad. In the event that agency funding is not made available for Erasmus+ activity, the University has committed to providing living costs grants on a similar basis to current Erasmus+ grants. Some costs related to year abroad activity may be subject to some variation as arrangements relating to the UK's decision to leave the EU are progressed. The Law Faculty will ensure that all Course II students are informed of developments relating to their year abroad arrangements. In the unlikely event that factors arising from the UK’s departure from the EU would substantially alter the costs, availability, duration or scope of exchanges available, students would be transferred to Course I.
Students in Paris may be able to apply for housing benefit, which in 2019/20 was about €165 a month.
For the latest information about the Erasmus+ programme at Oxford, please visit ox.ac.uk/erasmus.
As you will be studying a full year of courses in your host university we do not recommend that you plan to do any regular paid work while you are away. For information about living costs on your year abroad, please see the website below for the relevant country:
Currently, eligible UK students can continue to access living costs funding from the UK government (Student Finance agencies) during their year abroad. However, the level of government funding available to UK students on a year abroad may vary as a result of the UK’s departure from the EU. UK students from a lower-income households with means-tested assessments will remain eligible for Oxford’s generous bursary provision. For UK students with a shortfall in their finances, the University’s Student Support Fund can provide additional assistance. Travel or hardship grants may also be available through your college. You can find the latest information here.
Course data from Discover Uni provides applicants with statistics about undergraduate life at Oxford. But there is so much more to an Oxford degree that the numbers can’t convey.
The Oxford tutorial
College tutorials are central to teaching at Oxford. Typically, they take place in your college and are led by your academic tutor(s) who teach as well as do their own research. Students will also receive teaching in a variety of other ways, depending on the course. This will include lectures and classes, and may include laboratory work and fieldwork. However, tutorials offer a level of personalised attention from academic experts unavailable at most universities.
During tutorials (normally lasting an hour), college subject tutors will give you and one or two tutorial partners feedback on prepared work and cover a topic in depth. The other student(s) in your college tutorials will be from your year group, doing the same course as you and will normally be at your college. Such regular and rigorous academic discussion develops and facilitates learning in a way that isn’t possible through lectures alone. Tutorials also allow for close progress monitoring so tutors can quickly provide additional support if necessary.
Our colleges are at the heart of Oxford’s reputation as one of the best universities in the world.
- At Oxford, everyone is a member of a college as well as their subject department(s) and the University. Students therefore have both the benefits of belonging to a large, renowned institution and to a small and friendly academic community. Each college or hall is made up of academic and support staff, and students. Colleges provide a safe, supportive environment leaving you free to focus on your studies, enjoy time with friends and make the most of the huge variety of opportunities.
- Each college has a unique character, but generally their facilities are similar. Each one, large or small, will have the following essential facilities:
- Porters’ lodge (a staffed entrance and reception)
- Dining hall
- Lending library (often open 24/7 in term time)
- Student accommodation
- Tutors’ teaching rooms
- Chapel and/or music rooms
- Green spaces
- Common room (known as the JCR).
- All first year students are offered college accommodation either on the main site of their college or in a nearby college annexe. This means that your neighbours will also be ‘freshers’ and new to life at Oxford. This accommodation is guaranteed, so you don’t need to worry about finding somewhere to live after accepting a place here, all of this is organised for you before you arrive.
- All colleges offer at least one further year of accommodation and some offer it for the entire duration of your degree. You may choose to take up the option to live in your college for the whole of your time at Oxford, or you might decide to arrange your own accommodation after your first year – perhaps because you want to live with friends from other colleges.
- While college academic tutors primarily support your academic development, you can also ask their advice on other things. Lots of other college staff including welfare officers help students settle in and are available to offer guidance on practical or health matters. Current students also actively support students in earlier years, sometimes as part of a college ‘family’ or as peer supporters trained by the University’s Counselling Service.