St Hugh’s has one of the larger communities of lawyers in Oxford, with senior and junior members drawn from all over the world. The College currently has four Law Fellows, including the statutory chair in commercial law and the university lecturer in tax law. It has strengths particularly in private law and commercial law fields, and special depth in legal history. The College has a distinguished criminal and public law expert as Principal and a past Principal who is a leading property lawyer. The College’s Visitor, Lord Simon Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, is a retired Supreme Court justice.
St Hugh’s admits around seven undergraduates each year for the three-year Law course, or the four-year Law with Law Studies in Europe course; and we also admit visiting students with excellent academic records. Students for the undergraduate courses are sought from post-A-level as well as pre-A-level school applicants. 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. Law at Oxford demands the ability to think and argue, not simply to absorb material uncritically. Those students wishing to investigate the study of law may find benefit in reading some excellent introductory works such as A.W. Brian Simpson, Invitation to Law (Blackwell, 1988) and Jeremy Waldron, The Law (Routledge, 1990). We host Law Open Days so that prospective candidates can meet the law tutors and form their own impression of the challenges and opportunities for legal studies at St Hugh’s.
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. The Law Society enables valuable contacts to be made between both branches of the legal profession and the College. Students have ready access to advice in planning their careers through links with senior members. There are many social occasions and distinguished guests visit regularly to speak and judge student moots or mock trials.
St Hugh’s Law thus offers a lively community embracing every aspect of legal experience.