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As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

The purpose of the Law Foundation is to promote and develop the study, whether at the University or elsewhere, by staff of the University, by those holding visiting appointments at the University and by students pursuing courses of or approved by the University, of the theory and practice of law in all its branches. The Faculty of Law in the University of Oxford is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. It is a federation of thirty law schools in the colleges of the University. Legal scholars in the colleges and University are members of the Faculty, which coordinates and supports the teaching and writing of one hundred fifty three academics. The Faculty of Law admits and supports and teaches and examines a diverse and outstanding body of students from all parts of the British Isles and from all over the world. The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 7:1.


BA in Jurisprudence
The BA in Jurisprudence is a regular three year undergraduate law degree, equivalent to what in some universities would be called an LL.B. It is also a ‘qualifying law degree’ for the purpose of practice as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. It is one of the most highly regarded undergraduate law degrees in the UK, and those who do well in it are in high demand both in the legal professions and in other fields in which professional analytical work is required.

Diploma in Legal Studies
The Diploma in Legal Studies is a one-year full-time programme. It is open only to students coming to the faculty on exchanges from partner universities in continental Europe. The Diploma is not a degree and confers no qualification for legal practice. However, the Diploma programme is substantially derived from the Oxford undergraduate law degree programme. In the three terms, a student chooses and studies three courses from a sub-set of those studied in the BA programme. And then sits an examination in each of them (the same examinations as the BA students) at the end of the third term.

M St in International Human Rights Law
Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law jointly provide a part-time graduate programme in International Human Rights, offered over 22 months. The degree programme is designed in particular for lawyers and other human rights advocates who wish to pursue advanced studies in international human rights law but may need to do so alongside work responsibilities.


Oxford is rich in library facilities, and those available for research and study in law (and related disciplines) are among the very best in the UK. The physical collections are augmented by numerous electronic resources accessible on the university network.
The Bodleian Law Library is a major research library, one of the UK’s two or three most important, based in the St Cross Building with the Law Faculty offices. Other Oxford libraries with significant law holdings include the college libraries – notably the Codrington Library at All Souls College, open to law students from all over the University. Academic computing facilities are available for those working in law and related disciplines in Oxford, who also benefit from dedicated staff to provide training and support.


The Faculty of Law,

University of Oxford

St Cross Building,

St Cross Road,

Oxford OX1 3UL

T: (+44) 0 1865 271491

F: (+44) 0 1865 271493


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