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Jurisprudence (Law)

Studying Law will not only give you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor or barrister; it will also help you develop a diverse set of skills which you will be able to apply in many different careers.

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The course

The BA in Jurisprudence (Law) covers the law applicable in England and Wales in all its depth and breadth: private law, public law, criminal law, and the law of the European Union. Unlike most other university courses, and by contrast with all non-university law courses, Law at Oxford also covers the foundations of the law in Roman law and the philosophy of law. Apart from the core subjects required for a degree that allows its holder to enter legal practice, the course offers a wide range of optional subjects: public international law, labour law, comparative law, company law, commercial law, medical law, media law, criminology, family law, to name only a small fraction of the available choices. The unique feature of law at Oxford is the central role of tutorials (two students, one teacher per session), complemented by lectures and seminars, in the teaching of the course.

Law with Law Studies in Europe offers the same content, with an additional year in either France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, or Spain. More information can be found here.

Why study Law at Lincoln?

Law has a long tradition at Lincoln. Members of the College have gone on to be solicitors in national and international law firms, barristers and judges, or they have excelled in non-governmental organisation, the arts, or the economy. Lincoln has a beautiful library, housed in the eighteenth-century All Saints Church, with all the materials required for undergraduate law studies. The Law Faculty and the Bodleian Law Library are within a 10-minute walk from the College. The law students run a lively College law society that organises lectures, moots, and subject dinners and occasions on which students can make contact with the profession.

Law students at Lincoln receive a great deal of support tailored to their specific needs. Firstly, new students receive not only college based introductory classes on how to study law, to supplement the Law Faculty’s own training, but support classes throughout the year to help them develop the skills they need to flourish. Secondly, the Lincoln Law Fellows’ expertise covers the vast majority of the Law syllabus. This means the Law Fellows get to know individual students by teaching them a range of papers, and so are better able to tailor teaching and support to the needs of individual students.

I love my subject, and I couldn’t imagine studying anything else. I’m taught and lectured to by the best in the business... I would thoroughly recommend Lincoln, Law, and all Oxford has to offer.

Ben Coady
  • Third-year undergraduate, Jurisprudence (Law)
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