Please note the following deadlines: 20 October 2018 to sit LNAT tests; 15 October 2018 for UCAS applications.
The BA in Jurisprudence is our regular three year undergraduate law degree, equivalent to what in some universities would be called an LLB. It is also a 'qualifying law degree' for the purpose of practice as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. It is one of the most highly regarded undergraduate law degrees in the UK, and those who do well in it are in high demand both in the legal professions and in other fields in which professional analytical work is required.
The best thing that Oxford did for me was to show me that uncovering the controversies and complexities of my subject (law) is an utterly fascinating, fulfilling and exciting experience. The notion that something is worth studying for its own merit is embraced here.
In all universities, a law degree calls for hard work. You must become familiar with a great deal of material across a wide range of legal topics. In Oxford, particular emphasis is placed on first-hand study of legal sources - the reading of statutes and cases, sometimes very long statutes and cases, in their original reported form. This means a lot of work in law libraries, of which Oxford has some of the best. As well as books you will increasingly work with online materials. Law is constantly evolving and infinitely thought-provoking.
A common misconception is that studying law is mainly a matter of memorizing data. It is true that there is a lot to remember but lawyers exist to use the law, not just to know it, and the main way that lawyers use the law is by making legal arguments. A central aspect of legal education in Oxford, as at other law schools, is learning to make a proper legal argument. This is a creative activity and calls for originality and inspiration as well as information and accuracy. The Oxford method of teaching by tutorials - weekly meetings between a tutor and two or three students - gives you particularly intensive training in the art of argument.
The programme is non-modular. The courses identified by the legal professions as necessary for legal practice (the 'foundations of legal knowledge') are also identified by Oxford as core academic law subjects, and all undergraduate law students in Oxford are required to take them. All undergraduate law students are also required to take a course in jurisprudence (theory of law). In your final year you have the chance to choose from a selection of optional subjects. There are public examinations in your first year and your final year, but not your second year, although there is an essay in jurisprudence to be written over the summer vacation at the end of the second year. Your mark for this essay counts towards your degree result. The exam in jurisprudence at the end of your final year is correspondingly shorter.
Final Honour School (FHS)
Year 1, terms 1 & 2
Year 1, term 3 - end of year 3
|A Roman Introduction to Private Law||Administrative Law|
|Constitutional Law||Contract Law|
|Criminal Law||European Union Law|
|Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme (Stage 1)||Jurisprudence|
|Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme (Stage 2)|
These are the compulsory courses, but you will also take 2 options. Have a look at the options linked at the bottom of this page.
Applying for Oxford Law
There are four parts involved in applications for Oxford undergraduate law (BA Jurisprudence or BA Law with Law Studies in Europe):
UCAS Applications: complete an online form via the University and Colleges Application System (UCAS), selecting Oxford, Law, and your college of choice. You can also submit an Open Application.
LNAT: you will need to register for the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). The LNAT is designed to test your suitability to the study of Law and will assess your verbal reasoning, ability to interpret and communicate information, and decision-making skills. It does not require any prior knowledge of law and will not follow an IQ test style format, which means everybody sitting the LNAT starts from the same point.
- Interviews: applicants who make it through the first two stages of admissions will be invited to interview at an Oxford college (this could be your college of choice but will not neccessarily be). You will get to spend a night or more in a room in college and meet other applicants or potential peers. Interviewers are not looking for existing knowledge of law but want to place applicants in an authentic tutorial setting to test their on-the-spot thinking and ability to formulate arguments.
- Results: most successful students will be issued a conditional offer. This means that you will still need to achieve high enough A-Levels (or equivalent) in order to be accepted for your place. Only students who have been awarded the right qualifications in a previous year will receive unconditional offers. The entry requirements for BA Jurisprudence are AAA.