The BA in Jurisprudence is our regular three year undergraduate law degree, equivalent to what in some universities would be called an LLB. The programme covers the full range of courses required for a ‘qualifying law degree’ recognized by the legal professions in England and Wales. The programme is non-modular and courses have to be taken in three phases.

Course II
Photograph of recent course II graduate


The BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe follows the same syllabus as the threeyear BA course, except that your third year is spent studying at a law faculty in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, or the Netherlands, before returning to complete the Oxford degree in your fourth year. Except for those intending to study in the Netherlands, you must be competent in the relevant language (normally with grade A at ‘A’ level, or an equivalent qualification). Course II students attend language classes in the first year and take introductory law courses in the relevant jurisdiction in the year before travel. Our partner universities currently include Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Bonn, Konstanz, Munich, Regensburg, Siena, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and Leiden. 

Phase 1: your first two termsPhase 2: the last term of your first year and the whole of your second yearPhase 3: your final year
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • A Roman Introduction to Private Law
  • Legal Research Skills

After your first two terms you will sit your First Public Examination (‘Law Moderations’).

Legal Research Skills is tested separately, so Law Moderations will examine you on the other three papers.

You must pass all of the papers to continue with your studies.



  • Tort
  • Contract
  • Land Law
  • Trusts
  • Administrative Law
  • Jurisprudence

At this point students on the course II, Law with Law Studies in Europe programme, go for their year abroad, after which they return to Oxford for phase 3.

Meanwhile students on Course I continue straight to phase 3.

All phase 2 courses are examined alongside the phase 3 courses at the end of the final year.

For the subject ‘Jurisprudence’, students write an extended essay during the summer vacation, at the end of the second year, and sit a correspondingly shorter examination at the end of the final year.


  • European Union Law

Two optional subject from the following list (N.B. we cannot guarantee to offer all optional subjects every year):

  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Comparative Law: Contract
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Constitutional Law (Senior Status only)
  • Copyright, Patents and Allied Rights
  • Copyright, Trade Marks and Allied Rights
  • Criminal Law (Senior Status only)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Family Law
  • History of English Law
  • International Trade
  • Labour Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Personal Property
  • Public International Law
  • Roman Law (Delict)
  • Taxation Law

At the end of your final year you take your Second Public Examination on the basis of which your degree is classified. You are examined on all of the subjects you took in phases 2 and 3.


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