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Adelaide Law School Bachelor of Laws with Oxford University Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Masters of Law and Finance (MLF)

This new agreement provides a significant opportunity for Adelaide Law students to be able to complete the Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry degree) at University of Adelaide with a BCL or MLF from Oxford University.


  • Oxford offers world-renowned masters-level qualifications
  • Each combined program consists of 3.5 years study; 2.5 years at Adelaide and 1 year at Oxford.
  • You can apply during your fourth semester to study Oxford's BCL or MLF and will be assessed on your cumulative academic results.
  • Financial support and scholarships are available to apply for.

Study Duration

Bachelor of Laws - University of Adelaide 2.5 years (5 semesters)
BCL or MLF - Oxford University 1 year (2 semesters)
Total Study 3.5 years (7 semesters)


If you are interested in discussing participation in this program, please contact

  • The Bachelor of Civil Law is a world-renowned graduate course in law, designed to serve outstanding law students from common law backgrounds. It is regarded as the best masters level qualification in common law and provides an invaluable opportunity to have access to and be taught by leading scholars. The academic standard is significantly higher than that required in a first law degree, and only those with outstanding first law degrees are admitted.

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      The BCL is one of the only taught graduate courses in the world to make use of tutorials as a central part of their teaching (as well as the seminars and lectures). The tutorial is an intensive discussion between a tutor and typically two or three students, providing an opportunity for students to present their ideas and discuss their work with leading academics.

      There are no compulsory courses on the BCL, instead students choose four courses from around 40 options. In place of one of the four taught options, students may choose to write a dissertation. All options are taught by a combination of lectures and/or seminars and tutorials, apart from the dissertation option, which involves one-to-one sessions with an assigned supervisor.

      Graduate Destinations

      BCL graduates go on to pursue a range of careers. The most common career paths are entry into legal practice, either as a solicitor or a barrister, or progression to academic research.

      The University of Oxford has an excellent careers service which organises a number of events for students wishing to pursue a career in law, and offers one-to-one advice from members of staff with knowledge and experience specific to the legal sector.

      The Law Faculty has an extensive network of relationships within the legal profession and each year offers a number of talks and events run by law firms and barristers’ chambers.

      For more information, visit:
      Oxford BCL course information
      Oxford BCL prospectus

  • The MSc in Law and Finance is taught jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford. It is a full time, ten-month programme offering students with a prior background in law the chance to develop an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of relevant economic and financial contexts, and combines a highly analytic academic core with tailor-made practical applications derived from continuing collaboration with professional and regulatory organisations.

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      There are two core finance courses, Finance and First Principles of Financial Economics, a core interdisciplinary course, Law and Economics of Corporate Transactions, and one or more elective courses in law. There are also pre-sessional courses in maths and financial reporting. In addition to these core MLF courses, students selecting the Law Stream will take two law electives from a tailored list of about 10 law courses that are available to students on the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL).

      Graduate Destinations

      MSc in Law and Finance graduates go on to careers within the legal sector, usually at large corporate law firms as well as a variety of in-house roles. Others go on to work in fields such as investment banking, private equity, consulting and policymaking. Each year, a small number of students also embark on a career in academia.

      As an MLF student, you will have access to the University Careers Services as well as relevant support from the Saïd Business School’s Careers Service, and to a dedicated MLF Careers Adviser to support you as you consider your career strategy.

      Additional speaker events are run to compliment the MLF programme, which facilitate contact with senior practitioners of law and finance, and MLF students will be a member of both the SBS and wider University alumni networks.

      For more information, visit:
      Oxford MLF course information
      Oxford MLF prospectus
      Online brochure

Key dates

Oxford academic year - September to June

Students will begin their studies at Oxford in early October alongside other candidates, following completion of the fifth semester of the Bachelor of Laws at Adelaide Law School. The academic year at Oxford will finish around June.

For exact dates please refer to the Oxford Academic calendar.

  • Application Process

    Students will apply for admission separately to each of the Universities. First to Adelaide Law School for the Bachelor of Laws and once enrolled at Adelaide Law School, they may apply (during their penultimate year of study at Adelaide Law School) to Oxford for the BCL.

    Oxford admission decisions will be made by Oxford once four semesters of academic results from Adelaide Law School are received and assessed. Offers of admission will be conditional upon students passing all units undertaken in their fifth semester at Adelaide Law School.

    Each University will collect and assess applications according to its own admissions policies, standards and procedures. Admission to Adelaide Law School is not an indication or guarantee of admissibility to Oxford.

    Visit the Oxford website for more information about University of Oxford admissions.

    There is no cap on the number of students accepted each academic year, however students need to have a minimum Distinction average, ideally a High Distinction average to be competitive.

    Once enrolled in Adelaide Law School you will need to complete the following steps:

    STEP 1 You will need to register a Self-Reporting Study Abroad Program with the University of Adelaide’s Global Learning system. You are required to complete the Study Abroad Program Details questionnaire (please write Oxford University BCL or MLF), a Faculty Approval Questionnaire and upload your Host Acceptance Details, this may also assist in qualifying for certain funding such as travel grants, OS-HELP and travel insurance.
    Step 2 You need to apply for the BCL or MLF directly to Oxford University. Oxford applications are generally due in January for a September start.
    Step 3 You will need to apply to the Adelaide Law School for a credit assessment. You will need to provide details of the courses to be studied at Oxford University and a copy of your acceptance into the BCL program. Please forward this information to
  • Course Credit

    Students may be granted credit up to 12 units of unspecified law elective units (4 x 3 unit’s courses).

    Courses successfully completed in the first semester, at full time equivalent, at Oxford will fulfil the requirements for your Adelaide Law degree. A normal fulltime load at Oxford is 90 ECTS per year or 45 per semester. Each credit assessment will be assessed case by case.

  • Pre-Departure

    For more information on preparing to study overseas, please view the University Global Learning resources.

  • Costs

    Students will pay regular tuition and other applicable fees to the University they are attending and will be responsible for all living, travel, insurance, and ancillary costs in connection with their studies.

    Students are responsible for organising visas, travel and accommodation arrangements. Accommodation at Oxford can be organised through your admitting Oxford College, or you can organise it independently.

    You will need to ensure you can afford these study and living costs for the duration of your time at Oxford. For more information please visit the University of Oxford Fees and Funding webpage.

  • Funding Options

    Students will be entitled to apply for bursaries, scholarships or other financial aid offered by the University they are attending in a particular year and for which they are otherwise eligible, including all scholarships provided by the Oxford Law Faculty for which students from Adelaide Law School are ordinarily eligible.

    University of Adelaide Financial Assistance

    The University of Adelaide Global Learning office has overseas funding options available. Find more information about University of Adelaide financial assistance here.

    OS-Help Study Loans

    OS-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme to assist eligible undergraduate and postgraduate, Commonwealth supported students to undertake part of their course of study overseas.


    Study benefits are available through Centrelink while you are studying overseas and still enrolled at University of Adelaide. These benefits may be open to you even if you do not currently receive them.
    Youth Allowance

  • Program completion and transcripts

    Once the final results for your BCL/MLF have been released, students must organise to have an Oxford transcript sent back to the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. Once received credit processing will be completed.

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