Hyewon, Law

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There are so many advantages about being at Trinity: the central location; our 24-hour library and free printing; the people in Trinity are really friendly; and our gardens are huge and beautiful. Hall food in Trinity is famously good, I love it!

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Law Faculty

Law at Oxford

I decided I wanted to apply to Oxford when two admissions officers from Oxford and Cambridge came to my school in Korea.

 

I decided I wanted to study Law in the UK because of two reasons. Firstly, you can do an undergraduate course in 3 years. This is very different from the US (or Korea) where you need to do a full undergraduate degree in another subject and then go to Law school. Secondly, a lot of countries in the world, having been under British influence at one time or the other, has the common law system, and some areas of law (like maritime law) are undoubtedly led by the UK. I wanted to take advantage of these two strengths, by studying Law in the best University in the world.

The best thing about being a student at Oxford is the tutorial system. I don’t know how I can emphasize the value of a tutorial, when you can get a two-on-one, face-to-face discussion with a really famous academic in the subject that you are studying. I felt really proud reading articles written by Nick (one of the tutors at Trinity) while studying Constitutional Law. There are so many advantages about being at Trinity: the central location; our 24-hour library and free printing; the people in Trinity are really friendly; and our gardens are huge and beautiful. Hall food in Trinity is famously good, I love it!

I would say you need two things as a Law student at Oxford. Time management is crucial for planning and managing your workload. As Law students, you are constantly asked to criticize the law, criticize possible proposals for law reforms, and think of ways to improve the law, so the ability to think critically is vital.

All the modules I have studied so far have been fascinating for different reasons. Roman Law was really interesting to me: my tutor said “learning Roman law gives you a bird’s-eye view on all other areas of private law, so you get to see how all the areas of law are connected to each other”. I’m really looking forward to seeing whether this statement is really true as I progress in my course. Criminal Law was fascinating mainly because we dealt with so many different cases.

Our course is taught mainly by tutorials, and I use lectures for revision. In my free time I am a member of the Oxford University Korean Society and the Trinity College Boat Club. These are both great way to socialize and meet new people in college and across the University.

In the future, I ultimately want to become a bridgehead to help improve the quality of the legal market in Korea in relation to the European Union.

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