Please note the following deadlines: 15 October 2021 @6pm for UCAS applications; 15 October 2021 to sit LNAT tests.


Collage of world monuments

Top-left: Siena - David McSpadden
Bottom-left: Munich, Allianz Arena - Ungry Young Man
Centre: Paris, Sacre Coeur - Guy Dugas
Centre-right-top: Leiden, Molen de Put Museum -
Centre-right-bottom: Bonn, the University - Silke Gerstenkorn
Right: Barcelona, Sagrada Familia - Steve Allen

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.




There were many notable differences between the academic system of study in Oxford and Pompeu Fabra. Firstly, the legal systems of course belong to different families, such that it was very worthwhile getting to grips with the civil law nature of the Spanish legal system after two years of studying the case-based English common law. Secondly, whilst the emphasis in Oxford is on depth, in Barcelona it was most certainly breadth, and I studied around 12 subjects over the course of the year. This meant that during just the one year, it felt like we really got to know a wide cross-section of Spanish law, from core modules like contract to the more niche optional courses like economic penal law. During my 4th year so far, it has become somewhat automatic to dwell on the similarities and differences between my current modules and their Spanish equivalents, such that the year has most certainly enriched my academic experience in Oxford as well.
Michael, Law with Spanish Law (2017), Merton College

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You don’t need to be fluent in a second language to study abroad. On the Course 2 BA in Jurisprudence with Law in Europe you take courses taught in English at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. With just a smattering of rudimentary Dutch phrases (taught to you 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. 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, Law with European Law (2016), Lady Margaret Hall


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, with the exception of the Law with European Law option where courses are taught in English, these legal studies are taught in the local language. Therefore an advanced competence in that language is required and this is tested as part of the admissions process.

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 law/language classes in the first and second years and the third 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  
Law and Language classesTort Law  
 Trusts Law  
 Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme (stage 2)  
 Law and Language classes  

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 or MunichGermany
Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)Spain
LeidenThe Netherlands

More information about the year abroad

Third year abroad

More general information and advice about studying abroad provided by the University

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