St Hugh’s admits about eight undergraduates each year for the three-year Law course, or the four-year Law with Law Studies in Europe. Students for the undergraduate course are sought not only from pre-A level school applicants but also from post-A level and mature candidates. The choice of A level subjects for those wishing to read Law is an open one, but analytical skills from mathematics and the sciences, and skills of criticism and written expression from social studies and the humanities, are especially valuable.
From our undergraduates, we look for the ability to think and argue, not simply to absorb material uncritically. Law students at St Hugh’s enjoy excellent library facilities. Supplementing the Bodleian Law Library, the College has its own well stocked Law Library. St Hugh’s has a strong Law Society comprising current undergraduates and senior members of the College now engaged in the legal profession. There are many social occasions and distinguished guests visit regularly to speak and judge student moots or mock trials.
As well as the current Law Fellows, the past Principal and Law teachers of College take a keen interest in all students studying Law or interested in Law in College. The College’s Visitor, Alan Rodger, a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, actively supports the Society’s programme. The Law Society enables valuable contacts to be made between both branches of the legal profession and the College. Undergraduates have ready access to advice in planning their careers through links with senior members. St Hugh’s thus offers a lively community embracing every aspect of legal experience.