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Law (Jurisprudence)

The structure and content of the course is complex and accommodates the requirements of the professional bodies that law graduates have a qualification in a number of specified subjects, whilst preserving some choice within the degree course.

The competition for places is intense, and the qualities sought from applicants include analytical rigour, facility with language, ethical sensitivity, a commitment to the study of law as an academic discipline, a sense of purpose, and a capacity for sustained regular work. As well as a rich menu of lectures and seminars at the Law faculty, College tutorials are the essential and principal element of the degree. In addition to being experienced teachers, Oriel’s law tutors are engaged in internationally-leading research.  

Oriel’s law community is made up of between 20 and 25 undergraduates and several postgraduates, in addition to the College tutors. As a discipline which attracts applicants from a wide range of ethnic and national origins, the community is characterized by diversity.  Although there is no expectation that law graduates will qualify as practitioners, over the years many have and Oriel has well established connections with both branches of the legal profession and with industry and commerce.  

There are two flourishing Oriel Law Societies: firstly, the student-run Holt Society, whose activities include a sponsored textbook scheme for new students, internal and inter-collegiate mooting competitions (including an annual moot against Regent’s Park College, in which college teams compete to ‘win’ possession of a replica Ashes Urn for the year!) as well as numerous careers and and social events; secondly, thealumni-run Oriel Law Society, which offers a range of functions from the highly academic to the delightfully social and which provide excellent links for Oriel lawyers over generations.  Highlights include the annual Oriel Law Society dinner in late Michaelmas Term, the annual lecture in Hilary Term, and the London Careers Day in Trinity Term.

Admission Criteria

All candidates sit the LNAT test. No written work is required. Conditional offers: AAA at A-Level (or equivalent).

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Faculty of Law

Teaching Staff

Organising Tutor
Dr Paul Yowell

Benn Fellow | Tutor in Law | Tutor for Graduates

Professor John Armour

Hogan Lovells Professor of Law & Finance

Dr Panagiotis Doudonis

College Lecturer in Law

Ms Lucinda Ferguson

Tutorial Fellow in Law

Mr Matthew Mills

College Lecturer in Law

Mr Clive Newton

College Lecturer in Law

Professor Suzanne Rab

College Lecturer in Law

Dr Heloise Robinson

College Lecturer in Law


Number of places 9 Admission Criteria The admissions process at Oriel is exactly the same as at all other colleges. For further information, please visit the History Faculty admissions pages.

History and Economics
Number of places From History quota Admission Criteria Short-listing by History Aptitude Test (which will feature an Economics question) and GCSE results (contextualized by school performance data). Admission by written work, test result, interviews and AAA at A-level or equivalent. There are no required subjects, and we consider applicants who do not have A-level History, but A-level (or at least GCSE or AS-level) Maths would be an advantage.

History and Politics
Number of places Usually 1 Admission Criteria Short-listing by History Aptitude Test and GCSE results (contextualized by school performance data). Admission by written work, interviews, and AAA at A-level or equivalent. There are no required subjects, and we consider applicants who do not have A-level History.

Philosophy (Joint Honours)
Admission Criteria The admissions criteria for each course involving philosophy can be found on the dedicated course page. For all courses, applicants invited to interview will be given a philosophy interview, or an interview with a philosophy component. At interview, we will not test whether you are already familiar with philosophical texts or arguments. Instead we are interested in your aptitude and potential for precise analytical thought, and in whether you enjoy abstract reasoning.

Philosophy and Modern Languages
Number of places 1 or 2, taken from the Modern Languages quota of 9 Admission Criteria All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT), normally at their own school or college, in November, in addition to the written work specified on the university's website. Separate registration for this test is required and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test. Candidates will need to take two sections of the MLAT: one for their chosen language, and one for Philosophy. Conditional offers: AAA at A-level (or equivalent), with A grades required for any language to be studied (except ab initio languages).

Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Number of places 9 Admission Criteria Conditional offers: normally AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Applicants are not required to submit written work. All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) in early November, normally at their own schools or colleges. Separate registration for this test is required and prospective applicants should refer to the test website for further information.

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