Competition for places on Oxford law and Cambridge law courses is fierce. They are among the top universities in the UK for legal studies. If you’re considering applying, here’s what you need to know about the Oxbridge application process for law.

What is Oxbridge?

Oxbridge is the collective name given to the colleges that form the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, which are regarded as the oldest and most famous higher education institutions in the UK. They also appear highly in UK and international rankings of leading universities.

Oxford has 30 undergraduate colleges, while Cambridge has 29. Each college differs in size, population and location. Some are single-sex colleges and others are mixed.

Why Choose Oxbridge to Study Law?


The Oxford law and Cambridge law faculties are highly regarded across the legal profession. They consistently rank as the top universities for law across academic league tables worldwide. Employers across the legal sector view candidates from Oxford and Cambridge favourably because of their reputation for producing high calibre law graduates.

Teaching Methods

While most universities operate a lecture and seminar teaching system for law degrees, Oxford law and Cambridge law faculties adopt a tutorial system. The tutorial system means that, in addition to lectures and seminars, students are taught in much smaller ‘tutorial’ groups, meaning that the academic experience is much more personal.

Law Course Standards

The standards set by Oxford and Cambridge legal study programmes makes them an attractive place to study for law student hopefuls all over the world. Offering exceptional LLB and LLM courses in law and highly qualified lecturers, completing a law degree at Oxford or Cambridge will increase your potential for employment among top law firms.

>> If you want to know more about what it’s like to study at Oxford, read our expert insight: Studying at Oxford Law School.

>> If you’re considering Cambridge to study law, read our expert insight: Studying at Cambridge Law School.

Law Courses Available at Oxford and Cambridge

Oxford and Cambridge offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate law courses.

Cambridge Law Courses


  • BA in Law
  • BA in Land Economy


  • Law LLM
  • Law MCL
  • MLitt
  • Law PhD
  • Law LLD

The Cambridge law undergraduate course offers the opportunity to participate in their Erasmus+ programme, which allows you to study law in France, Germany, the Netherlands or Spain for a year.

Oxford Law Courses


  • BA in Law
  • BA in Jurisprudence
  • BA in Law with European Law
  • BA in Law with Italian Law
  • BA in Law with German Law
  • BA in Law with French Law
  • BA in Law with Spanish Law
  • BA in Law with Foundation Year – a new course introduced for 2023


  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Magister Juris (MJur)
  • MSc in Law and Finance
  • MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • MSc in Taxation
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • MSc in International Human Rights Law
  • DPhil in Law
  • DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies
  • DPhil in Criminology
  • MPhil in Law
  • Undergraduate course for graduates:
  • BA in Jurisprudence with Senior Status

Oxford’s BA in Law with European Law course allows you to study law abroad at one of Oxford’s partner universities in France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the Netherlands.

Oxford Law and Cambridge Law Entry Requirements

While many UK universities may offer you a conditional offer based on specific skills, extracurricular talents or work experience, Oxford and Cambridge place a high emphasis on your academic ability.

University of Oxford Entry Requirements

To secure a conditional offer for an undergraduate law course at Oxford, you will need a minimum of three A grades at A-Level, or 38 (including core points) with 666 at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate. You will also need to sit the LNAT exam. You can prepare for the LNAT by using our free, online LNAT Practice Test.

University of Cambridge Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for an undergraduate law course at Cambridge include a minimum of one A* grade at A-Level and two additional A grades, or 40 – 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate.

Cambridge Law Test

In previous years, you would have had to sit the Cambridge Law Test as an additional entry requirement to study law. However, as of Cambridge University’s Autumn 2022 admissions cycle for 2023 entry, BA Law applicants will no longer be required to take the Cambridge Law Test. Instead, all applicants will be required to sit the LNAT.


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How to Apply to Oxbridge

To apply for an undergraduate law course at Oxbridge, you have to choose between studying at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. You can’t apply to both in the same year.

You will need to submit your application through UCAS before the deadline, which is usually in October for both Oxford and Cambridge. To support your UCAS application, you will need to provide an attention grabbing personal statement to make yourself stand out in the eyes of admissions tutors.

If you are applying for a postgraduate course, the application process is different. Rather than applying through UCAS, you will need to apply directly to either Oxford or Cambridge, but be aware that application deadlines may vary between courses.

Oxbridge Application Key Stages

  • Choose your law course – Find the Oxford or Cambridge law course you want to study and check that it covers law modules that you are interested in.
  • Choose an Oxbridge college – Choose which of Oxford or Cambridge’s prestigious colleges you would like to study at. If you have no preference, make an ‘open’ application.
  • Apply through UCAS – The deadline for Oxford law and Cambridge law applications is different to the standard UCAS deadline. You must submit your application by October.
  • Additional university forms – You will be required to complete one or a series of additional forms as part of your application.
  • Entry tests – In addition to your application and personal statement, you will need to sit the LNAT exam as part of Oxford and Cambridge entry requirements.
  • Written work – If you are invited to the next round of the selection process following the submission of your application you may be asked to submit a written essay.
  • Interview – If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview, which usually takes place in December.
  • Decision – By January, you will know if you have been accepted into the Cambridge or Oxford law faculty.

Oxbridge Interviews

If you make it to the interview stage at Oxford or Cambridge, you will be invited to attend one, two or more interviews at your chosen college. This is your chance to shine and add strength to your UCAS application and personal statement by demonstrating your motivation and commitment to the legal profession in person, while also showing your skills and aptitude for law.

For law degree interviews, you don’t need to have prior legal knowledge, but your ability to think critically will be under observation. The purpose of the interview process at Oxbridge is to see how you approach problems, not to determine whether answers that you give are right or wrong. There are usually no right or wrong answers to the questions asked by interviewers.

Instead, your thinking process will be assessed. You can think aloud, and talk your interviewers through your considerations and conclusions.

As part of the process, you might be asked to sit a written exam on the day of your interview, which could be a theoretical legal essay or a problem solving question.

Using Oxford University’s interview process as an example, here’s a typical question that you could be asked as part of a written exam, taken from St Anne’s College:

Should it be illegal to run a red light in the middle of the night on an empty road?

What is your view and why?

Oxbridge interview questions tend to replicate the style of question asked in a tutorial. Oxford and Cambridge both adopt a tutorial teaching system, so interview questions are designed to assess whether you are suited to their tutorial system. Tutors want to know how you think and whether you would learn well in their educational environment.

Does Oxbridge Offer Funding For Law Courses?

Oxford Financial Assistance

Oxford University has a dedicated Student Support Fund available to assist UK students who may need financial support based on a range of circumstances. If you have a financial shortfall or you need to meet additional exceptional costs once you have started your law course, you can apply for non-repayable supplementary funding.

There are also a small number of centrally administered scholarships available for undergraduates, including:

  • Hill Foundation Scholarship
  • Bright Oceans Corporation Scholarship
  • Palgrave Brown Scholarship
  • Palgrave Brown UK Scholarship
  • Reach Oxford Scholarship
  • Simon and June Li Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Dr Ateh Jewel Foundation Awards
  • Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Undergraduate Scholarship

You will need to check the University of Oxford website for eligibility criteria and deadlines to apply for funding.

Cambridge Financial Support

Cambridge University has a dedicated, non-repayable Bursary Scheme for UK undergraduates. Bursaries of up to £3,500 are available to students with a household income of up to £62,215. Students with lower household incomes will receive more.

Funding is also available from:

  • Faculty awards and grants – Some faculties and departments may offer funds, grants and/or prizes for students in recognition of academic achievement.
  • College awards – Additional funding may be available from your Cambridge college, including:
  • Book and equipment grants
  • Scholarships and prizes for academic achievements
  • Travel grants
  • Grants and loans for unforeseen financial circumstances
  • Supplementary bursaries to cover living costs

You will need to check the University of Cambridge website for eligibility criteria and deadlines to apply for funding.


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