If the UK had an Ivy League, then Oxford University would certainly be one of its institutions. The Ivy League is in fact a collegiate athletic conference consisting of sports teams representing 8 universities in the U.S., including Harvard, Yale and Princeton. However, the term Ivy League is more commonly used today to describe certain U.S. universities known for their selectivity in admissions, and excellence in teaching and research. These are all characteristics that are true of Oxford.
This is why, despite a high applicant turnout for its Master of Laws (LLM) offerings, only a small percentage are admitted. Oxford's Faculty of Law offers several degrees equivalent to a Master of Laws. These include the following programmes:
- Magister Juris (MJur)
- MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- MSc in Law and Finance
- Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)
- MSt in International Human Rights Law
- MSc in Taxation
In line with its reputation, Oxford's Faculty of Law is quite selective in admitting students to its LLM degrees. Part of its requirements is a law degree from a prestigious school along with academic excellence. An applicant whose degree comes from an American university must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. Its English proficiency requirement is 110 for TOEFL and 7.5 for IELTS.
The duration of the course differs depending on the programme. Most take nine months. The exceptions are the MSc in Law and Finance (which runs for 10 months) the MSc in Taxation (which can take up to 24 months) and the MSt in International Human Rights Law for 22 months. The last two programmes can be taken part time, which is why more time is available to complete the degree.
All Master of Laws programmes start in September. Applications are no longer possible for 2017-2018. However, the application deadline for the academic year 2018-2019 is January 2018. Therefore, if you fit the stringent criteria required by Oxford and want to be part of this world famous institution, you should start preparing your application now.