Those accepted for our BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe are admitted onto one of five variants: Law with French Law, Law with German Law, Law with Italian Law, Law with Spanish Law or Law with European Law. Depending on which variant they are admitted to, they spend a year abroad in France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the Netherlands, at one of our partner institutions. Currently we offer 15 places per year in France, 10 in Germany, 2 in Italy, 4 in Spain and 4 in the Netherlands. Our partner institutions are currently  Leiden University | University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) | University of Bonn | University of Munich | University of Siena | University of Pompeu Fabra.

During their year abroad students on the French Law, German Law, Italian Law and Spanish Law variants take what amounts to a foundation course in French, German, Italian or Spanish Law, as the case may be. In the European Law variant they study a range of topics in European Law (but which may also include courses in International and Dutch Law). None of the year abroad courses confers any recognised qualification for legal practice in the jurisdiction concerned.

Each of our partner institutions sets its own examinations for Oxford students, and students must pass these in order to qualify for the Oxford Law with Law Studies in Europe degree on their return to Oxford. A student who fails to pass the examinations in the year abroad would still normally be able to return to Oxford for the final year, but could then receive only the regular Law degree from Oxford, not the Law with Law Studies in Europe degree. Those who obtain the Law with Law Studies in Europe degree have the variant shown in their degree title (English Law with French Law, English Law with European Law, etc.)

The European Law variant, studied in the Netherlands, is taught and examined in English. All the other variants are taught and examined in the language of the country concerned. Applicants for this degree must therefore be competent in the relevant language and will normally be expected to have grade A at 'A' Level (or equivalent qualification) in that language by the time they start the course in Oxford.

More on admissions requirements and procedures (read the FAQs for details of the language requirements and the way they are tested).

The Faculty arranges, through the Institute of European and Comparative Law, training during the first two years in Oxford to prepare students for their year abroad. For those going to France, Germany, Italy or Spain there are classes in French, German, Italian or Spanish language and French, German, Italian or Spanish law, which are designed not only to maintain and develop students' language skills but also to give them confidence in being able to study in their European university during the year abroad. On the basis of the French, German, Italian and Spanish law classes (which are taught in the language of the system studied) a final decision will be made towards the end of the second year as to whether the student has sufficient linguistic competence to cope with the study abroad, although it is very rare for there to be a problem in this respect: any language difficulties will have been discovered early in the course and students will have been given the opportunity to remedy it by attending additional language training courses.

Students on the European Law variant in the Netherlands study a range of topics within European and International law, so there is no special law training during the two years before going abroad. The Faculty does, however, arrange introductory Dutch language classes during the second year, to give the students going to Leiden a head start on the language of the country in which they will be living for the year abroad.

The Law with Law Studies in Europe programme is administered through the Institute of European and Comparative Law .