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.
Location: Oxford, UK.
Number of Places/Students per year: 90.
Start Date: October 13, 2019 (the induction programme being usually held in the two weeks preceding the start of the term).
Duration: 10 months.
Price/Fee: £22,600 for UK/EU students, £34,145 for overseas students.
Scholarships: There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. For more information on the application process, please see the official website [EN].
Accommodation: There is a wide range of accommodation available in Oxford for graduate students, provided both by the University and its colleges and by the private sector. Living in college provides a welcoming sense of community, and facilities like the library, dining hall and common room are all close. ‘Living out’ may mean being in a property owned by college, or you may have to rent a flat of your own. Being in your own accommodation often creates a much greater sense of independence, and you will be able to live with your friends. Students often live in areas such as Cowley and Jericho, and the University Accommodation Office is a useful way to find properties. For more information, please see the official website [EN].
Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in law. In the absence of an undergraduate degree in law, candidates may be admitted with a postgraduate diploma or master’s qualification in law at distinction level.
- Deadlines: 25 January 2019 (12 noon UK time) – deadline for application;
- 29 September 2019 – start of the induction programme;
- 13 October 2019 – start of the 2019-20 academic year.
- Required documents:
- Official transcript(s) – providing detailed information of the individual grades received in your university-level qualifications to date. You should only upload official documents issued by your institution and any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation;
- Personal statement (around 300 words);
- Written work (one essay of 2,000 words);
- References/letters of recommendation (three overall, academic strongly preferred).
- Additional documents for Non-EU/EEA: not specified.
- Supplements: none.
- Application fee: £75 unless you are eligible for a fee waiver.
- Compulsory: none.
- Optional: students have to choose four courses from a selection of 40 or so on offer.
- Thesis: optional – in place of one of the four taught options, students may choose to write a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,500 words on a topic of their choosing (subject to Faculty approval).
- Internship: not required for graduation.
Each student is allocated an academic advisor who will serve as a general source of advice on academic matters. For more information, follow this link [EN].
Address: The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL, UK.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 281051.
By Vladimir Griga