Please note the following deadlines: 20 October 2016 to sit LNAT tests; 15 October 2016 for UCAS applications.

The BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe (technically 'Bachelor of Arts in the Final Honour School of Jurisprudence: English 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.

Please begin by reading about our regular three-year BA in Jurisprudence.

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. '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.

Personally, studying abroad is a great opportunity to experience another culture in a way that is completely different from being on holiday. Oxford can be a bubble and it was good to break out and learn to live in and explore a new place. The workload in Paris was less intense than in Oxford so I had time to get a part-time job, see all the sights of the city, and even to travel.

Kimberley, LMH, 2016

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 Jurisprudence, 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.

Programme Structure

The course follows the same structure as the BA in Jurisprudence but with the addition of the year abroad. 

Criminal LawAdministrative LawUndertake Law courses at partner institutionEuropean Union Law
Constitutional LawContract Law FHS OPTION
A Roman introduction to Private LawJurisprudence FHS OPTION
Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme (stage 1)Land Law  
 Tort Law  
 Trusts Law  
 Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme (stage 2)  

In their final year (4th year for students on this course) students are able to choose two optional courses. There is a wide variety of 20 or so options offered by the faculty.

Have a look at what could be available to take



Going Abroad

Students who undertake this course will spend the third year of their degree abroad, studying law at one of our partner institutions. 

Who are our partners? 

Panthéon-Assas (Paris)France
Bonn, Konstanz, Munich, RegensburgGermany
Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)Spain

This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience living and studying abroad. The faculty provides support in setting up accomodation, as well as giving advice and language classes throughout the first and second years, to make sure that students are fully equipped to study abroad. 

You don’t need to be fluent in another language to do Course 2! At the University of Leiden classes are taught in English. With just a smattering of rudimentary Dutch phrases (taught in your second year at Oxford) you gain both the academic rewards and awesome life experiences that a year living and studying in a foreign country provides.


The courses at Leiden are geared primarily towards EU and International Law. There is a huge range of courses to choose from and I loved the opportunity to study such a wide array of topics – from European Labour Law to International Aerospace Law to Ancient Egyptian Law!


Whilst the work load is somewhat less intense than at Oxford, the challenge is juggling five or six classes at once, all of which come with very different teaching and assessment styles. This juggling ability, along with the differing perspectives on legal learning that I picked up during my year abroad, proved very useful for Finals. My year at Leiden also allowed me to tackle my last year at Oxford with a more mature perspective on the law and my studies.

Alex, LMH, 2016

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