We admit ten Law students each year.

The Course

Law at Brasenose has a distinguished history, and the College continues to enjoy a particularly strong reputation for Law. The first two terms are spent studying the three subjects required for Law Moderations, the first University examination: Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; and Roman Law. The Fellows or lecturers of the College are able to provide tutorial teaching in these core subjects.

Thereafter, undergraduates work for the Final Honour School of Jurisprudence, taking nine papers. Students take a common core of papers which allow them to fulfil the legal professions' requirements for qualification together with the papers required by the University. The college has three law tutors, Professor William Swadling, Professor Thomas Krebs, and Professor Adam Perry. Professor Swadling teaches Trusts, Land Law, Personal Property, and Unjust Enrichment. He has a particular interest in the intersection of the laws of property/trusts and unjust enrichment. Professor Krebs teaches Contract, Torts, Commercial Law, and International Trade Law. His particular research focus is on the law of agency. Professor Perry works in administrative law, constitutional law, and jurisprudence. He is interested in using insights about basic legal concepts, like rules and powers, to better understand legal doctrine. Also teaching for the college is Professor James Edwards, a fellow of Worcester College.  He teaches Criminal Law and Jurisprudence, and his current research focuses on the limits of the criminal law. The college also has two professorial fellows in law. Professor Anne Davies, a former tutorial fellow of the college, is the Dean of the University’s Faculty of Law.

The College has its own well-stocked Law Library, the Stallybrass Memorial Library. Students also have access to a range of legal research databases provided by the University, and to the Bodleian Law Library.

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Most law graduates become solicitors or barristers. Students considering these options often arrange work experience placements during their vacations. There are opportunities for undergraduates to meet practising lawyers, especially through the College law society, the Ellesmere Society, and the University Law Society. A law degree is, of course, an excellent general education and is highly valued by employers in other fields too.