Until MT18: Degrees in Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law

[For students starting before MT 2018: §1. Admission of Candidates for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law

  • 1. Any person may be admitted by the Board of the Faculty of Law as a candidate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, or Master of Philosophy in Law provided that the following conditions have been satisfied:

    • (a) A candidate must either (i) have passed all the examinations required for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts and have obtained honours in the Second Public Examination, or have obtained honours in a degree examination of another university, such university having been approved by Council for the purpose of the status of Senior Student, or (ii) in the opinion of the Board of the Faculty of Law, be otherwise adequately qualified to undertake the course.

    • (b) A candidate must satisfy relevant provisions prescribed in the regulations made by the board, and any conditions the board may impose.

  • 2. Any student for these degrees who is not a graduate of the University may wear the same gown as that worn by Students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

§2. Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris

Any person who has been admitted under the provisions of §1 above may supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or the Degree of Magister Juris provided:

  • (i) that he or she has satisfied the examiners in the examinations prescribed in this section; and

  • (ii) that he or she has kept three terms of statutory residence as a matriculated member of the University after admission as a Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris, whichever is the earlier.

§3. Degree of Master of Philosophy in Law

Any person who has been admitted under the provisions of §1 above may supplicate for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Law provided:

  • (i) that he or she has satisfied the examiners in the examinations prescribed in this section; and

  • (ii) that he or she has kept six terms of statutory residence as a matriculated member of the University after admission as a Student for the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris.

§4. Examinations for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law

  • 1. The examinations for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, and Master of Philosophy in Law shall comprise such subjects as the Board of the Faculty of Law shall from time to time by regulation determine.

  • 2. The examinations shall be under the supervision of the board.

§5. Supervision of Students

Every candidate who elects to offer a thesis or dissertation shall seek approval from the Board of the Faculty of Law as prescribed in the regulations made by the board. Subject to such approval, supervision shall be provided as prescribed in the appropriate regulation, provided that references to the Degree of Master of Studies shall be deemed to refer to the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law, Magister Juris, or Master of Philosophy in Law as the case may be.

§6. Admission of Bachelors of Civil Law and Holders of the Degree of Magister Juris or the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Law to the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law

[The regulations concerning the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law are currently suspended. See the Education Committee notice in the Gazette of 16 June 2016 for further information.]

  • 1. Any person who has been admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or to the Degree of Magister Juris or Master of Philosophy in Law, and who has completed fifteen terms from the date of such admission, may apply to the Board of the Faculty of Law for leave to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law. The application shall be made through the Registrar, and shall be accompanied by

    • (1) evidence that the candidate's application has the approval of his or her college;

    • (2) the fee prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix I);

    • (3) evidence of the candidate's fitness for the degree. This evidence must consist of three copies of a published book or of published books or papers, treating in a scientific manner of one or more legal subjects and consisting of an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge of such substance and distinction as to give the candidate authoritative status in some branch or branches of legal learning. A candidate who submits papers or books which have been produced in collaboration shall state in respect of each item the extent of the candidate's own contribution.

  • 2. On receipt of the application the Board of the Faculty of Law, having determined that the evidence submitted is of the appropriate kind, shall appoint not fewer than two judges, who shall report to the board on the sufficiency of the evidence.

  • 3. If the board, after consideration of the reports of the judges, shall approve the evidence as sufficient for the degree, it shall give leave to the candidate to supplicate for the degree, and shall notify its decision in the University Gazette. One copy of the evidence shall remain in the possession of the University for deposit in Bodleian Library, provided that no book or paper of which the Library already possesses a copy shall be so deposited except with the consent of the candidate and of the Librarian, unless the copy submitted by the candidate shall be of a different issue or shall contain alterations or additions.

§7. Admission to the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Doctor of Civil Law by Accumulation

[The regulations concerning the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law are currently suspended. See the Education Committee notice in the Gazette of 16 June 2016 for further information.]

  • 1. Any person belonging to one of the following classes may apply to the Board of the Faculty of Law for permission to supplicate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Doctor of Civil Law at the same time under the conditions set forth in this sub-section:

    • (a) Masters of Arts, except those on whom the degree has been conferred by decree or special resolution, who have entered upon the sixty-sixth term from their matriculation at this University, or, if they have been incorporated in this University, the sixty-sixth term from their matriculation at the University of Cambridge or of Dublin;

    • (b) persons on whom the Degree of Master of Arts has been conferred by decree or special resolution, other than a degree honoris causa, and who have entered upon the forty-fifth term from their admission to that degree;

    • (c) Doctors of Philosophy, or Masters of Letters or of Science or of Studies, who have entered upon the sixty-sixth term from their matriculation at this University.

  • 2. The application of any such person shall be made to the board, and dealt with by the board, in the manner prescribed in §6 above.

  • 3. If the board approves the evidence as sufficient for the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, it shall give leave to the candidate to supplicate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Doctor of Civil Law at the same time, although the candidate shall not have passed the examination for the former degree.

Degrees of Bachelor of Civil Law and Magister Juris

  • 1. Admission criteria

    BCL The Law Board will normally admit to the BCL only candidates whose previous legal training is primarily in the common law.

    M.Jur. The Law Board will normally admit to the M.Jur. only candidates whose previous legal training is not primarily in the common law.

  • 2. Residence

    Candidates for the BCL and M.Jur. must keep three terms statutory residence.

  • 3. Courses and subjects

    The subjects of the examination are listed in Schedule A below. The details of the courses are set out in the Law Faculty Student Handbook.

    Candidates for the BCL and M.Jur. must offer four papers. A dissertation counts as one paper.

    Not all subjects will necessarily be taught or examined in any one year. Depending on the availability of teaching resources, the Law Faculty may limit the number of candidates that may offer a subject. Details of those subjects which are available will be published in the Law Faculty Student Handbook for the year of the examination, subject to any amendment posted in the Law Faculty Office by Monday of week minus 1 of the Michaelmas Term before the examination is held.

    In addition to the subjects in Schedule A, candidates may offer any other subject that may be approved from time to time by regulation published in the Gazette by the end of the Monday of week minus 1 of the Michaelmas Term before the examination is held.

    No candidate for the BCL or M.Jur. may:

    • (a) offer a subject with the same title and/or the same syllabus as one which he or she has previously offered in the Final Honour School of Jurisprudence or Diploma in Legal Studies;

    • (b) offer two subjects having the same syllabus.

  • BCL Subject to compliance with the regulations above, candidates for the BCL may offer:

    • (a) any subject in List I which is offered in the year in question;

    • (b) a dissertation under the provisions in Schedule B below.

    M.Jur. Subject to compliance with the regulations above, candidates for the M.Jur. may offer:

    • (a) any subject in List I which is offered in the year in question;

    • (b) any subject in List II which is offered in the year in question;

    • (c) a dissertation under the provisions in Schedule B below.

  • 4. Examinations

    Candidates offering Jurisprudence and Political Theory will be examined under the provisions of Schedule C.

    The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the examination.

    Candidates who fail or withdraw from the examination may with the permission of the faculty board and subject to such conditions as it imposes offer themselves for re-examination. Candidates offering themselves for re-examination must retake all of the papers, except that:

    • (a) if all of the written papers are passed and the dissertation failed then only the dissertation need be resubmitted;

    • (b) if the dissertation is passed and one or more of the written papers failed then only the written papers need be re-taken;

    provided that nothing in this clause shall prejudice the powers of the Education Committee and Proctors to permit partial resits in exceptional circumstances.

    If a candidate, having failed or withdrawn from an examination, successfully applies to sit the examination at a later date, and one or more of the subjects studied by that candidate are not available when the candidate comes to be examined, papers shall nevertheless be set for that candidate in those subjects. These papers may not be taken by other candidates.

  • 5. Statutes and Other Source Material

    Details of the statutes and other source material which will be available to candidates in the examination room for certain papers will be given in a notice circulated to candidates by the examiners.

  • 6. Notice of options

    The date for notification of the options to be offered by candidates is the fourth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination with the exception of the dissertation option [see Schedule B].

  • 7. Change of option choice

    Save in exceptional circumstances, no student may change their choice of option later than Friday of the first week of Hilary Term.

  • 8. Examiners

    The examiners appointed to examine subjects in List II shall be those appointed to examine the same subjects in the Honour School of Jurisprudence and shall examine those papers in the examination for the Honour School of Jurisprudence.

Degree of M.Phil. in Law

  • 1. Admissions

    Candidates may signify their intention to take the M.Phil. in Law when they apply for the BCL or M.Jur. or M.Sc. Law and Finance or after they have been admitted. In either case a formal application must then be made in the Hilary Term preceding the Michaelmas Term in which they wish to study for the M.Phil. The appropriate form, obtainable from the The Faculty of Law Graduate Studies Office, must be returned to the Law Faculty's Student Administration Officer on the same date as that office specifies for the receipt of applications for the M.St. in Legal Research. Admission of those whose thesis topics are approved by the Law Faculty's Graduate Studies Committee and for whom that Committee certifies the availability of supervision will always be conditional on a specified level of performance in the BCL or M.Jur. or M.Sc. Law and Finance.

  • 2. Residence

    Candidates for the M.Phil. in Law must keep 6 terms statutory residence, which may include periods spent in residence while studying for the BCL or M.Jur. or M.Sc. Law and Finance.

  • 3. Courses and examination

    Candidates for the M.Phil. in Law shall satisfactorily complete Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 and Part 2 shall be taken in that order and shall normally be taken in successive years. A candidate wishing to take Part 2 but not to proceed directly from Part 1 to Part 2 in successive years must seek permission from the Graduate Studies Committee for Law. Part 1 shall consist of the BCL or M.Jur. or M.Sc. Law and Finance as the case may be.

    In Part 2, candidates for the M.Phil. in Law shall follow a course of instruction in Legal Research Method, satisfy the examiners that they have completed to the required standard such tests or exercises in Legal Research Method as may be prescribed as part of such a course of instruction, and be examined by thesis which must not exceed 30,000 words and should not normally be less than 25,000 words, and by oral examination, under the provisions of cll. 1 to 9 of the regulations for the M.St. in Legal Research, provided that:

    • (a) references to the Degree of Master of Studies shall be deemed to refer to Part 2 of the M.Phil. in Law;

    • (b) in cl. 5, the date of application for examination shall be during the Trinity Term after the candidate began Part 2 of the M.Phil. in Law. A candidate who wishes to apply for examination at a later date must seek the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee for Law by the end of Week Four of the same Trinity Full Term. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Committee extend the M.Phil. deadline. Unless the deadline has been extended, a thesis submitted after the required date will normally be eligible only to be examined for an M.St.

    The thesis may cover the same area of Law as a dissertation offered in the BCL or M.Jur. or M.Sc. Law and Finance, but the text of the dissertation must not be incorporated into the thesis.

SCHEDULE A

List I

  • Advanced Property and Trusts;

  • Children, Families, and the State;

  • Civilian Foundations of Contract Law;

  • Commercial Negotiation and Mediation;

  • Commercial Remedies;

  • Comparative Corporate Law;

  • Comparative and Global Environmental Law;

  • Comparative Equality Law;

  • Comparative Human Rights;

  • Comparative Public Law;

  • Competition Law;

  • Conflict of Laws;

  • Constitutional Principles of the EU;

  • Constitutional Theory;

  • Corporate Tax Law and Policy;

  • Corporate Finance Law;

  • Corporate Insolvency Law;

  • Criminal Justice, Security and Human Rights;

  • Dissertation;

  • European Business Regulation (the law of the EU's internal market);

  • European Private Law: Contract;

  • European Private Law: Tort;

  • European Union as Actor in International Law;

  • Evidence;

  • Human Rights at Work;

  • Intellectual Property Law;

  • International and European Criminal Law;

  • International Commercial Arbitration;

  • International Dispute Settlement;

  • International Economic Law;

  • International Law and Armed Conflict;

  • International Law of the Sea;

  • Jurisprudence and Political Theory;

  • Law and Society in Medieval England;

  • Law in Society;

  • Legal Concepts in Financial Law;

  • Medical Law and Ethics;

  • Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law;

  • Principles of Civil Procedure;

  • Principles of Financial Regulation;

  • Private Law and Fundamental Rights;

  • Punishment, Security and the State;

  • Regulation;

  • Restitution of Unjust Enrichment;

  • Roman Law (Delict);

  • The Taxation of Trusts and Global Wealth;

  • Transnational Commercial Law.

List II

  • Commercial Law;

  • Company Law;

  • Comparative Law: Contract;

  • Contract;

  • European Union Law (may not be taken in conjunction with Constitutional Principles of the EU from list I);

  • European Human Rights Law;

  • Family;

  • Land;

  • Public International Law;

  • Tort;

  • Trusts (may not be taken in conjunction with Advanced Property and Trusts from list I);

  • Copyright, Patent and Allied Rights (may not be taken in conjunction with European Intellectual Property Law from List I, or with Copyright, Trade Marks, and Allied Rights);

  • Copyright, Trade Marks and Allied Rights (may not be taken in conjunction with European Intellectual Property Law from List I, or with Copyright, Patent, and Allied Rights).

SCHEDULE B

Dissertations

Candidates for the BCL and M.Jur. may offer a dissertation, which must be written in English and must not exceed 12,500 words and should not normally be less than 10,000 words (including notes, but excluding tables of cases or other legal sources) on a subject to be proposed by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor, and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee in Law. The dissertation shall be wholly or substantially the result of work undertaken whilst registered for the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris. In deciding whether to give approval, the committee shall take into account the suitability of the subject matter and availability of appropriate supervision. Candidates should submit the proposed title of the dissertation and a synopsis of its scope in not more than 500 words not later than Monday of Week Minus One of Michaelmas Full Term to the board's Director of Graduate Studies (Taught Courses) who shall, when the topic and supervisor have been confirmed by or on behalf of the board's Committee for Graduate Studies, communicate that information to the Chair of the Examiners for the BCL and M.Jur.

Supervisors or others are permitted to give bibliographical help and to discuss drafts. Every candidate offering a dissertation is entitled to six sessions of supervision, each of approximately one hour, not counting meetings to settle the shape of the dissertation before it was approved.

The examiners must judge the extent to which the dissertation affords evidence of significant analytical ability on the part of the candidate. The required format for this dissertation is the common format prescribed for all law theses, which is printed in the Faculty of Law's Graduate Student's Handbook.

Submission

The dissertation must be submitted electronically by noon on Friday of the fifth week of Trinity Full Term. On submitting the dissertation, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to submit the dissertation. The examiners shall exclude from consideration any part of the dissertation which is not the candidate’s own work or which has been or will be submitted to satisfy the requirements of another course, and the examiners shall have power to require the candidate to produce for their inspection the work so submitted or to be submitted.

SCHEDULE C

Candidates offering Jurisprudence and Political Theory will be examined in that subject by the submission of three essays. Essay questions will be published by the Board of Examiners on the morning of the Friday of the eighth week of the Hilary Term preceding the examination. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to collect or access the questions. The examiners shall offer a choice of six topics from which candidates shall be required to select three. The total length of the three essays submitted shall be not less than 5,000 words, nor more than 8,000. The essays shall be wholly or substantially the result of work undertaken whilst registered for the degree of Batchelor of Civil Law or Magister Juris. Two copies of each essay must be submitted electronically by noon on the Friday preceding the beginning of the Trinity Full Term in which the examination is to be taken. On submitting the essays, candidates will also be required to submit an online declaration of authorship. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to collect or access the question, and submit the essay.]