Honour School of Jurisprudence (Course 2)

  • 1. Candidates in the School of Jurisprudence shall be examined in subjects from such branches of the law and of philosophy as may be prescribed by regulation.

    2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

    3. The examination in this school shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Law, which shall make regulations concerning it, subject always to the preceding clauses of this sub-section and to the concurrence of the Divisional Board of Humanities in respect of regulations concerning philosophy.

    4. Candidates shall be examined in accordance with the Examination Regulations set out below. They will also be required to spend, after their matriculation, an academic year of residence in a European university approved in accordance with these regulations, and to have attended such courses at the approved university as are approved in accordance with these regulations, and to have completed such examinations at the approved university as the faculty board may specify.

    5. The Law Board will approve courses at certain European universities. The list of approved courses will be available at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, St Cross Building, Manor Road.

    6. Candidates may proceed to an academic year of residence at an approved university only if so permitted by the Board of the Faculty of Law. The board shall not give such permission unless the candidate presents (a) a certificate of linguistic competence relevant to the proposed year of residence and (b) a certificate from his or her society stating that he or she will have resided in Oxford for six terms (or three terms in the case of an applicant with senior status) since matriculation before proceeding to such residence, and (c) a statement in support from the head or a tutor of the candidate's society.

    7. The certificate of linguistic competence may be provided only by a member of the University approved by the board.

    8. Candidates will be required to take certain examinations at the approved universities. Details will be available from the Institute of European and Comparative Law.

    9. The Institute of European and Comparative Law will certify to the chair of the examiners for the Honour School of Jurisprudence the names of candidates who have satisfied the requirements for the year abroad.

    10. The board may amend or add to any provision in Regulations 5, 8, and 9 by regulation published in the Gazette at any time before the commencement of the academic year to which such addition or amendment applies.

    11. Candidates must have satisfactorily completed the Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme.

    12. Candidates shall be examined in the following seven core subjects:

    • (i) Jurisprudence

      (ii) Contract

      (iii) Tort

      (iv) Land Law

      (v) European Union Law

      (vi) Trusts

      (vii) Administrative Law

  • 13. In addition to the core subjects, candidates must offer two further optional subjects from a list approved by the Board of the Faculty of Law. The list for the following academic year shall be posted in the Law Faculty Office and sent to college tutors, together with individual specifications and examination methods, not later than the beginning of the fifth week of the Hilary Term in the year before the Honour School examination will be held. Depending on the availability of teaching resources, not all optional subjects will be available to all candidates in every given year. If any such subject has to be withdrawn after it has appeared on the lists approved by the Board of the Faculty of Law, notice will be given in the Law Faculty Handbook for Undergraduate Students for the relevant year, which will be published and made available on the Faculty website by Monday of noughth week of Michaelmas Term that year. Candidates selected for the Jessup Moot team may take the Jessup Moot option in place of one of the two optional subjects. Further regulations for the Jessup Moot option appear under 17. below.

    14. Candidates who have been awarded the Diploma in Legal Studies shall be examined in the same number of subjects as other candidates but shall not be required to repeat in the Final Honour School papers taken for the Diploma which would otherwise be compulsory.

    15. Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme

    The Law Board offers a Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme, which provides training in the use of legal information resources (both paper and electronic), legal research, and team-working. The programme will also check students' competence in the use of Information Technology. Students are required to undertake this programme and to complete the assessments which form part of it, to the satisfaction of the Programme Co-ordinator appointed by the Law Board. The Programme Co-ordinator will certify to the Chair of Examiners for the Honour School of Jurisprudence the names of those students who have done so.

    16. Core Subjects

    • (i) JURISPRUDENCE

      Candidates offering Jurisprudence will be examined in that subject by:

      • (a) a two hour closed book examination at the end of a student's final year of the Final Honours School, in which students answer two questions from a selection of ten, and

        (b) a single essay of 3,000-4,000 words to be written during the summer vacation between the end of Year 2 and commencement of Year 3 of the Final Honour School. Essay questions will be published by the Board of Examiners at noon on the Friday of the seventh week of the Trinity Term preceding the examination.[For students starting before MT 2016: Candidates will be contacted with details of how to collect or access the questions. Two copies of each essay submitted must be delivered to the Chair of the BA Jurisprudence Final Honours School Examiners, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, by noon on the Friday of noughth week preceding the beginning of the Michaelmas Full Term immediately following. The essays must bear the candidate's examination number, but not his or her name or the name of his or her college. Every candidate shall sign a Declaration of Authorship to the effect that the essay is his or her own work. Candidates shall further state the total number of words used in their essays. This certificate shall be presented together with the essays. To ensure anonymity the certificate must be placed in a sealed envelope.] [For students starting from MT 2016: Two copies of each essay submitted must be submitted electronically, by noon on the Friday of noughth week preceding the beginning of the Michaelmas Full Term immediately following. 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 access questions, and submit the essays. The essays must bear the candidate's examination number, but not his or her name or the name of his or her college.]

    • (ii) CONTRACT

      Candidates will be required to show a knowledge of such parts of the law of restitution as are directly relevant to the law of contract. Questions may be set in this paper requiring knowledge of the law of tort.

      (iii) TORT

      Questions may be set in this paper requiring knowledge of the law of contract.

      (iv) LAND LAW

      (v) EUROPEAN UNION LAW

      Comprises:

      • A. The basic structure and functions of the institutions; the aims of the EU; law-making; the composition and jurisdiction of the Court of Justice; the penetration of EU law into national legal orders.

        B. Free movement of persons and services.

        C. Free movement of goods.

    • (vi) TRUSTS

      (vii) ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

      Questions will not be set on the law of local government or of public corporations except as illustrating general principles of administrative law.

      Candidates will be required to show a sufficient knowledge of such parts of the general law of the constitution as are necessary for a proper understanding of this subject.

    17. Optional Subjects

    The following further regulations apply to the optional Jessup Moot subject:

    The Jessup Moot option may only be taken by candidates who are members of the Law Faculty’s team participating in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition (‘the Jessup Moot’). Candidates may not be assessed for both  this option and the full optional subject ‘public international law’.

    On being selected for the Jessup Moot team, each candidate will be required to sign a declaration acknowledging the obligations and expectations upon them. Details are provided in the Law Faculty Handbook for Undergraduate Students.  

    Candidates will study subject matter falling within the field of public international law, as defined in the course description for the ‘public international law’ option provided in the Law Faculty Handbook for Undergraduate Students. In addition, candidates will study in detail the subject area covered by the Jessup Moot compromis (the competition problem set) in preparation for writing the memorials.

    The means of assessment for the Jessup Moot optional subject will be twofold.

    • (i) By noon on the day after the deadline for submission of memorials to the Jessup Moot Competition, as published in the Undergraduate Handbook, (or if that deadline falls on a Friday, by noon of the following Monday), one of the option candidates must submit the following items to the Examination Schools on behalf of all of the candidates taking the option:

      • (a) two written assessments of up to 12,000 words each, which will constitute the appellant and respondent memorials submitted for the Jessup Moot for the year in question;

        (b) a declaration of joint authorship, signed by all the candidates, acknowledging that each has made a significant contribution, commensurate to that of the other team members, and confirming that each is aware that they will all receive the same mark for the submissions.

    • By the same deadline, the candidate must submit the memorials in electronic form to the Law Faculty examination secretary so they can be scrutinised by plagiarism detection software. The marks for the memorials will constitute 50 per cent of the total mark for the Jessup Moot option.

      (ii) Candidates will take the public international law examination at the end of their final year, but will answer only two questions (one from Part A and one from Part B) in a total of 90 minutes, rather than four questions in 180 minutes. The mark awarded will constitute the remaining 50 per cent of the total mark for the Jessup Moot option and will be added to the mark attained under i) to produce an overall mark for the option.

    18. Statutes and other source material

    Details of the statutes and other sources of material which will be available to candidates in the examination room for certain papers will be given in the teaching conventions and in examiners' edicts circulated to candidates.