University of Oxford
As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research, having been ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019. There are nearly 24,000 students at Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates, international students making up almost 43% of the total student body – over 10,000 students. Students come to Oxford from more than 150 countries and territories, being drawn by the University’s staggering offer of more than 350 different graduate degree programmes. One should definitely consider pursuing his/her studies at Oxford especially due to its:
- High quality teaching and courses – Oxford’s academic staff are globally renowned, with 80 Fellows of the Royal Society and 100 Fellows of the British Academy.
- Tutorials – At least once a week in each subject studied, groups of two or three students will spend an hour with their tutor, discussing a topic in depth, hence enabling students to discuss ideas and theories in a more relaxed and informal setting.
- Graduate prospects – Oxford graduates are sought after from companies all over the world, valued for their communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. The majority of Oxford alumni are in employment or in further study after graduating.
- Student support – There are a number of services available to provide support to international students at the University, including advice on topics such as counselling, health, disability, student-led support and fitness to study.
- The city – Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. It is the youngest city in England and Wales, has two universities, and 35% of the people who live here are aged 15-29, with 27% (40,000 of a total population of 150,000) university students. In addition, the city is full of exciting and historical architecture, is the one of the greenest cities in the south of England and also the friendliest.
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)
The Oxford BCL is a world-renowned taught graduate course in law, designed to serve outstanding law students from common law backgrounds. As a master’s level degree, its academic standard is significantly higher than that required in a first law degree (such as a BA, LLB, or JD), and only those with outstanding first law degrees are admitted. Courses are not introductory, and students are expected to analyse complex material critically and to make their own contribution to the debate. The course offers a learning experience characterised by a demanding schedule of independent study, highly participative round-table seminars, and a complementary diet of close individual or small-group contact with tutors. The BCL shares most of its course content with the Magister Juris, which is an equivalent course for students from a civil law background. For the most part, BCL and MJur students study the same options in the same classes, thereby producing a diverse mix of students who can contribute a wide variety of different perspectives to seminar and tutorial discussion.