Oxford has the largest Law Faculty in the United Kingdom. The Government’s Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 concluded that our Faculty produced more top-rated research in Law than any other British University during 2001-2007.

Oxford has a heritage of more than 800 years of teaching and writing on law. Since Sir William Blackstone became the world’s first Professor of English law in 1758, bringing the common law into a university for the first time, Oxford has been home to many of the key figures of the modern common law such as Anson, Dicey, Pollock, Cheshire, Cross, Morris, Hart and Birks.

Photograph of St Cross Building

The study of the common law, including its interaction with modern legislation and regulation, remains central to our pursuits. That core mission has been enriched over the years by strengths in comparative law, the philosophy of law, international law, and European law. Our historic connection with the Roman tradition has been reborn in our collaborations with continental European universities. And specialist centres in intellectual property, criminology, and socio-legal studies mean that Oxford is now unsurpassed as a place for interdisciplinary work connected with the law and its development.


The Law Faculty is housed in the striking St Cross Building, part of Oxford’s 800-year tradition of exciting and challenging architecture. Designed by the influential Sir Leslie Martin, whose work also included the Royal Festival Hall in London, it is uncompromisingly modernist in design and execution. In 2011, the University refurbished the building to create a new centre for the Law Faculty. The result is a vibrant, light-filled, welcoming environment - a showcase for the University.