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Applicants can choose from Law (Jurisprudence) and Law with Law Studies in Europe.

Why study Law at St Hilda’s?

At St Hilda's, Law students have ample opportunities to get involved in various activities outside of their studies. We have a very active Law Society which is set up and run by undergraduates. The St Hilda’s Law Society hosts a variety of speakers, including legal practitioners. It also organises social events for undergraduate and graduate law students. A major University mooting competition is organised by our law students each year.

There is the dedicated Law Network of alumnae, which provides an excellent springboard for careers. There are regular social and career events which provide an opportunity for current students to make contact with former students and to explore possible career paths. St Hilda's also hosts sessions of the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group.

Subject tutors

The core law tutors' team at St Hilda’s consists of:

Dr Barbara Havelková teaches Constitutional Law and EU Law, Professor Dev Gangjee teaches Land Law and Tort, Johannes Ungerer teaches Contract Law (as well as EU Law for other colleges), and Emma Rawkins teaches Trusts. Students are therefore taught important compulsory law subjects by their college tutors. The remaining subjects are taught by fellows at other colleges who are experts in their field and with whom we have teaching exchanges. In addition, the Fellows of the College teach subjects in the specialist areas of their research interests: Barbara teaches a Feminist Jurisprudence mini-option to second year undergraduates, Rachel offers the third year option on Criminal Justice and Penology and Dev the option Intellectual Property (Copyright and Trade mark).

St Hilda's also has a Supernumerary Fellow in Law, Professor Rachel Condry, whose research focuses on the intersection of crime and the family.

Further information

Further application information

The study of law combines skills from both the sciences and arts and therefore most A-level subjects are suitable. Candidates with either arts or science subjects, or a combination of both, are equally welcome to apply. The Law tutors are looking for people who can think clearly, reason carefully and argue persuasively. We are seeking candidates with the strongest academic potential whom we feel will make the most out of the intellectual opportunities we have to offer. We are looking both for academic potential and commitment to excel in the chosen course of study. In making our final decisions about candidates we inevitably place a certain emphasis on performance in the interview. If you are invited to interview at St Hilda’s, you can expect to meet with two interviewer panels, including two or more of our Law Fellows and Lecturers. The format of interviews may change slightly from year to year, but will typically involve a discussion around a legal text which you will have had time to read before the interview. The purpose of our interviews is not to test your pre-existing knowledge of the law, but rather your ability to engage deeply with different and difficult conceptual issues. Our interest is not with the substance of your views and opinions, but with the way you think about and respond to the problems we set and the questions we ask. We are looking for rigorous but flexible and reflective analytical thinking.

Please visit the Law course page on the University Web site for further information, including details on entrance requirements.