Law (Jurisprudence), Oxford

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    Course Report Law (Jurisprudence) Course I, Oxford

    This report gives you detailed information on the key features of the Law (Jurisprudence) course at Oxford, along with a running commentary from a graduate who studied the course, Tom.

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    Course Outline

    Duration Three years Degree awarded BA in Jurisprudence Colleges Balliol, Brasenose, Christ Church, Corpus Christi, Exeter, Harris Manchester, Hertford, Jesus, Keble, Lady Margaret Hall, Lincoln, Magdalen, Mansfield, Merton, New, Oriel, Pembroke, Queens, Regents Park (but not Law with Law Studies in Europe), St Annes, St Catherines, St Edmund Hall, St Hildas, St Hughs, St Johns, St Peters, Somerville, Trinity, University, Wadham and Worcester Course Overview Jurisprudence is the branch of philosophy concerned with the Law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do. Law at Oxford is both an immersion in this more theoretical area of study and a firm foundation for further legal training. The Oxford Law course counts as a qualifying Law degree for the Legal Practise Course (for solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for barristers), although there is no assumption that graduates from the course will go on to pursue a legal career. Law at Oxford is a demanding but rewarding subject, both intellectually and in terms of enhanced career prospects. 2012 Intake Combined intake (including Law with European Studies): 216 Applications shortlisted for interview: Course I 48.5%, Course II 42.9%, Successful applications: Course I 17.8%, Course II 10.6 %, (Applicants unsuccessful in gaining a place on Course II are automatically considered for a place on Course I) Entrance requirements A levels AAA Advanced Highers AAB, or AA plus an additional Higher at grade A IB 39 including core points (with at least 766 at Higher Level) Essential subjects Minimum C in GCSE Mathematics, but no specific A level subjects are required. General Studies is not accepted. Law A Level confers neither an advantage nor disadvantage. Admissions test All candidates must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) between 1 September and 20 October 2013. You need to register for the LNAT before the 5th October 2013. Applicants for Course II maybe be given and oral language test in the relevant European language at the time of interview.

    Written work There is no requirement to submit written work.

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    Our Case Study Tom Tom applied to Oxford in 2007. He began the Law course in 2008 and graduated in 2011. Here he describes his academic background and how he found studying the course. Did you apply pre or post A level? Pre A level: I had no desire to take a gap year before University and felt that applying pre A levels was therefore the best option. What were your GCSE results at the time of your application? 8 A*s, 1 A What were your subjects and grades at the time of your application? English (A), Maths (A), Chemistry (A) Was your offer conditional or unconditional? Conditional; AAA How did you find studying Law at Oxford? I felt that the length of the course was perfect. Three years gave me enough time to get an in depth study of law, studying both the compulsory subjects and the optional choices in my third year. I did not feel the course was too long but felt that I had worked had enough after three years that another year was not overly desired. I knew more than the basics and could confidently discuss the core issues in depth. I have absolutely no complaints with the amount of contact time. Roughly four to five hours of 2 to 1 contact time every two weeks was brilliant and led to interesting discussions. It made me work harder knowing that much was expected of me in these sessions. I feel that I was given the right balance of being challenged and supported so that I learnt independently. In every teaching organisation there will be variations in teaching quality. Some tutors were naturally better than others but the overall standard of the teaching was extremely high- these tutors were at the very top of their subject and as a result were passionate and engaging when talking about their specialist area. You are being taught or lectured by world experts, often the people who wrote the leading textbook, and often in a more or less one-to-one environment. The course of jurisprudence at Oxford is a traditional one and I got the impression that it had not changed drastically over a number of years. As a result it was very organised and well structured. The reading list and essays that were set had clearly been thought long and hard about and the advantage of a centralised system was that there was a consistent approach across all the colleges towards the course itself.

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    An Overview of the Course

    Year One

    Tom says: The aim of the first year of University was to study the three compulsory subjects which were then examined in March of the first year for the Law Moderations and then to spend the summer term introducing us to two of the subjects that we would be looking at for finals. You are forced very quickly to learn the basic nuts and bolts of what Law is, various legal techniques and generally to begin thinking as an academic Lawyer.

    In the first two terms the Moderations course is taken. This consists of the following modules: Criminal Law This course emphasises the close reading of cases and statutes and encourages fine-grained analysis, often using problem questions as a medium. It conveys the idea of the common Law and its complex interplay with statute Law.

    Constitutional Law This course mixes intriguing conceptual questions and historical puzzles with important points of contemporary Law, including some relating to the interplay of the UK Constitution and the Constitution of the EU, and some relating to the Human Rights Act. It encourages abstract reflection about Law and its nature as well as introducing Laws political context and historical momentum. A Roman Introduction to Private Law This subject is an introduction to legal concepts and legal thought, which for centuries have been directly influenced by Roman Law. The course shows students where many of the ideas which we take for granted have come from. The course is based on primary materials contact with such materials is one of the great merits of the study of Law. This gives students the opportunity to form their own judgements, freed from second-hand opinion. Research skills programme This course consists of a number of exercises and workshops aiming to equip students with the practical skills needed to conduct successful legal research using a range of resources, including libraries as well as computers.

    Tom says: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Roman Law, Tort Law and Contract Law were all compulsory. I was not given any choices in relation to these options- the five subjects that were studied were all obligatory. There is an argument for suggesting that a subject more pertinent than Roman Law could have been studied but I would not agree with this conclusion. The subjects that I studied were interesting, varied and designed to aid us when studying later subjects so I would not pick differently had I the choice again. I spent around 5 hours in lectures, 3-4 in tutorials and 25 in private study every week. 3 essays were set every two weeks. I sat Law Moderations in March of my first year. This was Mods and involved three, three hour exams which were made of four questions. There was a mixture of questions including essays and problem

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    questions. Our Moderation exams focused on two things: content (i.e. what you had learnt) and technique (how lucidly you conveyed your argument). You needed both at a high level to score well.

    Second Year

    Tom says: The aim of the second year was to continue to study the subjects which would be tested in the finals exams at the end of the third year. There were no exams in the second year but there were collections at the beginning of each term that tested students on what had been studied previously. The aim was to continue developing our legal technique alongside increasing our specific legal knowledge. The lack of exams (until the end of the third year) was designed to allow us to get more in-depth with the subject and to allow wide reading and in-depth thought.

    There are seven compulsory Final Honour Schools modules: Tort Law; Contract Law; Trusts; Land Law These four modules cover subjects representing the core areas of English private Law. A serious legal education must provide a solid appreciation of them all and of the relationships among them. The teaching typically emphasises the reading of cases and statutes unabridged, highlights conceptual difficulties as well as technical points of Law, and makes use of problem questions as well as essay questions. Administrative Law This course picks up and develops themes already encountered in the first year constitutional Law course. It affords an opportunity to reflect further on the relations between Law and politics, and to develop a critical appreciation of the rule of Law and the separation of powers as encountered daily in the courts and in the work of tribunals, regulators, agencies and official inquiries. Again the stu

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