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Current Fundraising Priorities: The Law Fellowship

The College is seeking to raise £850,000 to strengthen and secure its teaching of Law. In particular, the College wishes to endow the College side of one of its two Law Fellowships.

Thanks to a generous gift from a Mertonian, the College has almost reached its target for this Fellowship! However, the final £150,000 of this donation will only be released to the College once we gain 50 new donors to the Law appeal. Help us meet our challenge by making a gift today. 

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The Merton College Law School mirrors that of the University of Oxford, which includes many of the world's leading legal scholars. No other law school in the world offers such close contact between teacher and student, training lawyers in tutorials as well as lectures and seminars. The BCL (for students trained in the common law) and MJur (for students trained in the civil law) are the most demanding and most rewarding graduate law degrees in the world. The new Masters in Law and Finance has made Oxford the leading centre for education in law and corporate finance. Oxford also has the world’s strongest doctoral programme in law.

Merton Law students benefit from the complimentary academic expertise of the two principal Law Fellows:

The Merton Law School is a diverse, friendly and close-knit community, comprising of students studying for the three-year BA in Jurisprudence, the four-year Law with Law Studies in Europe (France, Germany, Holland, Italy), and both taught course and research graduate students. There are roughly equal numbers of men and women and students come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. As well as providing Merton Tutor-led introductory tutorials, to orientate students into the law course, the College also invites specialist external tutors, so that students are taught by an expert in their field and experience a broad range of tutors and colleges.

At Merton, Law students also benefit from a richly varied programme of extra-curricular academic and social events, thanks to the extremely successful student-led College Law Society, the Halsbury Society, and the Merton Lawyers' Association meetings in London, hosted each year by a different leading Law Company. First and second year Moots (sponsored by Fra' John Samuel Eidinow and Clyde and Co, respectively) add to the varied programme, and prizes for the best first year university exam results (sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright) and for the best performing second year lawyer (sponsored by Allen & Overy) reward the excellence for which Merton Law students are well known.

Merton Law alumni include senior figures in the UK and across the world: among them Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson (1976), President of the Queen’s Bench Division, and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM (1988), Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis of London, as well as senior QCs, Judges, Partners of Leading Law Firms, and Law Deans and Professors around the globe.

"As a former undergraduate, and now lecturer in law at Merton, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college. During my degree, I found the level of intellectual challenge exciting, and was enormously fortunate to be taught by experts throughout the University. However it was the close relationship that the students have with the tutors in college that made my experience at Merton so special, who offered us endless support throughout the three years. It was a great privilege to work with them this year, and see all the hard work they put in ‘behind the scenes’ to help the students reach their potential."
Cressida Auckland (2011), President of the Halsbury Society 2012-13, Stipendiary Lecturer in Law 2016-17

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Contact us

For further information and to discuss your contribution in detail, please contact:

  • Duncan Barker - Development Director - Telephone: + 44 (0) 1865 276307
  • Peter O’Connor - Senior Development Executive - Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 286314
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