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Lincoln College


Law books stack (with scarf) in Lincoln Library

Law degrees at Lincoln

We accept students for the BA in Law (3 years) and the BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe (4 years).  We normally have eight places available each year across both courses.

The first, second and fourth years of  the BA in Law with LSE  are identical to the three years of the BA in Law (with the addition of some foreign language work in the first and second years), whilst the third year is spent studying law in one of the Oxford Law faculty's European partner universities:

France: Paris II,
Holland: Leiden,
Germany: Konstanz, Regensburg, Munich, Bonn,
Italy: Siena 
Spain: Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). 

What is it like to study law?

We expect our students to develop high levels of skill in comprehension, analysis and presentation.  We expect our students to read a good deal,  to think hard about what they have read,  and to develop views not simply about what the law is, but also about why it is so, whether it should be so, and how how it might be different. We ask them to use what they have read, together with their own thoughts about it, as the basis for both written essays and oral discussion in tutorials and classes.

The syllabus is made up of topics chosen for their intellectual interest, rather than for the frequency with which they arise in legal practice.  But  the skills of researching, thinking and presentation we insist on are eminently suited to the workplace.  Moreover, the skills can be as well applied outside the law as within it.  We do not assume that our law graduates ought to pursue a legal career.  But if students include certain options among their choice of subjects for study this will give exemption from the first part of legal training in England and Wales.

Studying Law at Lincoln 

We generally take eight undergraduates a year for Law and Law with Law Studies in Europe together  (including only one or two students a year on the latter course) There are normally two or three Erasmus exchange students from Europe, and about a dozen postgraduate students.

Our teaching takes place in tutorials (normally in groups of two or three) and classes (in groups of about five to ten). In around half of a student's subjects, these are normally given by the College's own members of staff; whilst for other subjects, Lincoln students go to specialist tutors in other colleges just as we teach their students in return, in our own speciality subjects. The Law Faculty arranges lectures and seminars which are given by specialist staff drawn from all colleges, including Lincoln.

Our students receive careers advice from the Oxford University Careers Service, but also informally from the College's own tutors. They are encouraged to undertake work placements in one or more of their second year vacations.


Lizzy Hardy, 2nd year Law

Having fallen in love with Lincoln during an Open Day visit, I put it down as my preference on the application form and I have never regretted it!

Firstly, I love the atmosphere at Lincoln.  I found trekking around Oxford on Open Days from college to college to be quite intimidating and confusing but when I visited Lincoln I got an immediate sense of feeling welcome and comfortable. The number of people in a year allows you to get to know everyone and the physical size of college makes it seem more like a home than an institution. The friendly atmosphere is enhanced by the fact that college offers accommodation for the whole of your course. This means that I’m always close by to the rest of my year group, rather than having everyone spread across the city.

On top of this, there are various other features that attracted me to Lincoln. If you haven’t seen photos of its library yet, I recommend doing so as it’s stunning! It conveniently has a lot of the books that you will need for the law course. However, Lincoln is so centrally located that the Law Department is only a ten-minute walk away if you do need to venture over for more books.

I also really like the way that Lincoln’s clubs and societies are accepting of all ability levels – it’s very much about participating and giving something a go.

On the academic side of things, I am so thankful that I am able to study law at Lincoln. In my first year, all of my tutorials were in college which meant they were quick and easy to get to. It’s also important to say that the tutors, despite bring incredibly talented at what they do, never make you feel ‘stupid’. Before arriving in Oxford, I was worried that the tutors would expect unrealistic standards from their students. In reality, the law tutors at Lincoln are really helpful and very understanding of how overwhelming Oxford can sometimes be. One of my tutors would even take us on ‘walking tutorials’ which meant discussing our essays and answering questions while walking around Christ Church Meadow with them every week in order to make sure we got some fresh air and exercise!


Meet our Tutors

Lincoln College's law tutors are  Professor Stefan Enchelmaier, Dr Barbara Havelkova (on leave 2018-19) and Dr Andreas Televantos.  Professor Simon Gardner retires in October 2018. The Tutors' primary functions are in teaching and research, but they also currently hold or have held a number of pastoral and administrative offices in the College and the university, as well as roles in the wider world.  All provide general academic support for their undergraduates, monitoring and advising the students on their progress, as well as pastoral support and advice. 

What are we looking for?

Nothing very unusual.  A capacity for hard work, an ability to reason, and a skill in using language precisely, are certainly essential.  But the reputed need for a 'logical mind' is probably over-stated - intuition, imagination, and curiosity are equally important. 

Our selection procedure looks at  each applicant's previous academic record; school comments and predictions for future grades, the  LNAT  results  and, if selected to attend, his or her  performance  at  interview. We have no preferences for the particular subjects, or combinations of subjects, that you may be studying at school (except that Law with Law Studies in Europe has a language requirement:)


History of Law at Lincoln

You can read about the history of Law at Lincoln here.