Law (Jurisprudence)
Law with Law Studies in Europe

Advantages of Keble

Law is one of the major subjects at Keble. The group is large enough to be reckoned a major element in the College's life, so attracting substantial teaching and library provision. It is small enough to be, and is, a friendly, close community. The law students get to know each other, and their tutors, well. There is an active College Law Society which, apart from the fun of its social life, holds moots and invites speakers on topics relevant to law studies or careers in the legal profession. Keble's College library is particularly well stocked with legal materials, a privilege for the undergraduates, providing the great majority of the sources needed for their course.

The tutors take a particular interest in advising and assisting students to gain places in the professions. There are opportunities for work experience during the vacations and also to visit Law Firms and the Inns of Court. There are also many former members of the College in the legal profession, some in very senior positions, who are willing to provide help and advice concerning careers. In recent years, Keble lawyers have performed well in the degree examinations.

The Deirdre Tucker Memorial Prize in Jurisprudence (£500) is awarded to the winner of an essay competition for second-year Jurisprudence students held each Trinity term.

Challenges and opportunities

The course combines the rigours of academic, analytical discipline with the topical interest of issues of justice and society's needs and expectations. Law is a demanding subject, but rewarding. It requires the capacity for clear, logical thinking and lucid expression. The lawyer must quickly be able to assimilate large amounts of source materials, such as the Law Reports, and be able to make, apply and criticise precise distinctions. The career prospects are very good indeed. The majority become solicitors or barristers.

Course structure

The First Public Examination, Law Moderations, is taken after two terms. Law Moderations consists of three subjects (Criminal, Constitutional and Roman Law). It is intended to provide a bridge into law and an introduction to certain aspects of legal method. The Final examination takes place in the last term (Trinity Term) of your final year. This involves seven compulsory subjects (Jurisprudence, the Law of Contract, Tort, Land, Trusts, Administrative Law and European Community Law) and two optional subjects.

Entry on to the four year course in Law with Law Studies in Europe is controlled by the University, but, in most years, Keble has one or two students on this course. Students on the four year course spend their third year abroad (in Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Bonn, Konstanz, Munich, Regensburg, Siena, Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) or Leiden, depending upon the precise course they are taking) and their fourth year is their final year. Otherwise, they follow the same pattern of teaching and examination as students on the three year course.

Details of all undergraduate programmes and subjects can be found in the University prospectus and on the Faculty's website.

Typical pattern of teaching

Just over half the teaching takes place in College. For some subjects students go to tutors at other colleges.

Qualities sought for entry

Women and men in the UK come to read Law at Keble from a wide range of schools and backgrounds, and offer a wide variety of subjects at A-level, or the equivalent. The tutors welcome such diversity. The College also welcomes applications from overseas; for guidance as to the normal entry requirements for particular overseas qualifications, go to the Law page of the Oxford University Undergraduate Prospectus.

For those taking A-levels the usual conditional offer is AAA at A2 level (with at least a B grade in any additional A levels), unless there are unusual educational circumstances.

Selection Criteria: See details of the selection criteria employed by the Faculty of Law and all colleges.

Written Work: Candidates will not be required to submit written work.

Written Tests: Candidates for Law sit a written test (the LNAT), taken before the interview stage in December. Candidates must register separately for this test. The test has two sections. The first is a set of multiple choice questions assessing candidates` ability to read, understand, analyse, and make logical deductions from, passages of text in formal English. The second is an essay chosen from a list of titles. Since these are not tests of knowledge but of fundamental intellectual skills, no prior legal study will be necessary.

Interviews: Interviews are usually held in the second week in December. Normally, candidates will receive two interviews, each of approximately 20 minutes. Although designed to test for the candidates’ aptitude for the study of law, no prior legal knowledge is necessary, or expected.

For further information see the Law page of the Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus.

Approximate yearly intake
Keble: 8 (of which 1 or 2 will normally be on the 4 year course)
Faculty: 220

Department Website
Faculty of Law


Via the College Office.


Prof Edwin Peel BCL MA Clarendon Harris Fellow, teaches Contract, Torts, Conflict of Laws, and International Trade.

Prof James Goudkamp BCL, BA, Tutorial Fellow, teaches Tort Law, Criminal Law and Roman Private Law

Sophie Westenra, BCL, Harris Lecturer in Public Law

The college also has a number of other Lecturers from year to year.