There are up to 35 students in total reading Law at Wadham. We admit graduates to read for the BCL, MJur, MPhil and DPhil in Law; the MSc and DPhil in Criminology; and the part-time MSt in International Human Rights Law.
Law at Wadham
Wadham welcomes law postgraduates and we believe that they contribute substantially to our vibrant community of lawyers, which also includes around 25 undergraduates. Our student body as well as our fellowship is diverse and international. Its open and progressive culture and the state-of-the-art McCall MacBain Graduate Centre—built with significant support from our law alumni—make Wadham an attractive choice for graduates. The Law Faculty is only a 5-minute walk away from the College. Wadham also offers generous scholarships to law postgraduates.
Detailed information about all the degrees mentioned above (including admissions and funding) is available on the postgraduate page of the Law Faculty website.
Wadham has a strong presence in law at Oxford. It currently has three Tutorial Fellows (Dr. Tarun Khaitan, Samuel Williams and Dr. Sandy Steel), a Senior Research Fellow (Ms. Laura Hoyano), an Emeritus Fellow (Mr. Jeffrey Hackney) and an Honorary Fellow (Professor Sir Frank Berman).
Dr. Khaitan teaches and publishes in jurisprudence, (British and Indian) public law and human rights, with a specialist focus on discrimination law theory. Dr. Steel's research interests are primarily in the law of obligations, particularly tort law, and particularly from philosophical and comparative law perspectives. Samuel Williams researches Trusts and Unjust Enrichment, and teaches Trusts, Land, Contract, Criminal law, and Commercial Remedies. Ms. Hoyano researches tort, human rights, evidence law and medical law and ethics, and has a specialist interest in child abuse and vulnerable witnesses. Mr. Hackney retired from his tutorial fellowship a few years ago, but continues to teach and to play an active role with our students. Sir Frank Berman is the Visiting Professor in International Law at the Law Faculty in Oxford. In addition, the Warden of the college, Lord Macdonald QC, is a prominent human rights barrister and former Director of Public Prosecutions.
Wadham College Law Society
The College has an active Law Society run by our students. There is also a senior section of the society, run principally by the old members, which takes an active part in the organisation of trips and raises money to subsidise social activities and, for example, the law collection in the College Library. Many of these non-resident members are happy to advise students on careers in law. The current President of the Society is Master of Rolls Lord Dyson.