On top of the workload, terms are rather short compared to most other universities, meaning that it can all feel very face-paced at times.
We don’t have a reading week here in Oxford, though there are undoubtedly times that every student feels they would need one to do some catch up. The silver lining to this is that terms last only eight weeks long, leaving student free to pursue more activities during the longer vacations.
3. Is a mini-dissertation on legal philosophy for you?
At Oxford, jurisprudence (or legal philosophy) is a compulsory subject. This subject is the bane of (most of) our student existence in Oxford.
The assessment consists of two parts:
A mini-dissertation of around 3500-4000 words; and
A two-hour exam where students write two essays.
On one hand, while it’s nice to have half of the subject done with before entering third year, it means that a portion of your second year summer will be spent writing this mini-dissertation.
I hope these five things to consider will help you decide if Oxford is the right place for you. Despite it being very intense, the degree is immensely fulfilling and challenging. It will undoubtedly be a lot of hard work but a kind of work that comes to fruition.