BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe
The BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe (technically 'Bachelor of Arts in the Final Honour School of Jurisprudence: Law with Law Studies in Europe') is an extended version of our BA Law programme including an extra year spent at one of our partner universities in continental Europe. Our partner universities for the purpose of this programme are currently Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Bonn, Konstanz, Munich, Regensburg, Siena, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and Leiden.
• You should begin by reading about our regular three-year BA in Law.
During the first two years, students on the Law with Law Studies in Europe programme follow the same courses as those on the regular BA Law programme, with the addition of some classes preparing them for the year abroad. The year abroad is the third year. Students then return to Oxford to rejoin the final year of the regular BA Law programme. To be awarded the Law with Law Studies in Europe degree students have to pass their year abroad (assessed locally). However the degree is classified on the basis of the Oxford final examinations only. Please note that for students who begin the course in October 2011 or later, the 'Oxford final examinations' include an essay in jurisprudence (theory of law) to be written over the summer vacation at the end of the second year, before you go abroad. Your mark for this essay counts towards your degree result. The exam in jurisprudence at the end of your final year is correpondingly shorter.
During the year abroad students on the Law with Law Studies in Europe programme study the law, not the language, of the country they are in. However these legal studies are in the local language, so advanced competence in that language is required. This is tested as part of the admissions process. (The exception is Leiden in the Netherlands where the teaching is in English and the subject of study is not mainly the local legal system but the law of the European Communities and international law.)
Like our regular BA in Law, the BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe is a 'qualifying law degree' for the purpose of practice as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, but it does not provide any qualification for legal practice in the other European countries concerned.
• Undergraduate admissions: requirements and procedures, link to the prospectus, etc.
• Fees and student funding (information common to all Oxford undergraduate programmes). Home/EU students on the Law with Law Studies in Europe programme pay no Oxford fees for the year abroad. Overseas students may be liable to pay half the Oxford fee during the year abroad. Other financial arrangements may vary. Please inquire.
• The BA Law with Law Studies in Europe programme specification, an official document setting out our programme objectives and learning methods in a standard format.
• The most recent BA examiners' report, which comments on performance generally and in each course, and helps you to understand what is expected.
• Our undergraduate handbook, which explains in more detail what to expect as a BA student in law.
• The current Law Faculty lecture list, including this year's diet of lectures and seminars for BCL courses. Tutorials are not shown on this list because they are scheduled by individual tutors in consultation with individual students.
• More about 'qualifying law degrees' and the path to legal practice: practice at the Bar; practice as a Solicitor. Remember that, although it is a qualifying law degree, our BA is a programme of academic study, not a vocational training. We do not assume that our students will be legal practitioners and about a third of them will not be.