Second Law Essay Competition winners announced

In May we launched our second Law Essay Competition to encourage UK Year 12 state school students to consider studying Law at Oxford.

This year's essay title was: '“The rich should be obliged to give to the poor because they don't deserve what they have.” Discuss.'

We were pleased and encouraged by the strength and quality of responses. The essays were judged on clarity of structure, argument and style, and effective use of relevant information and ideas.

The 15 winning entries can be read below, and the authors of these essays have been invited to join us for our Merton Pre-Law Residential taking place this week. The event includes:

  • attendance at our Open Day;
  • overnight accommodation;
  • academic taster sessions with our Law tutors; and
  • activities with current Merton Law students.

Many thanks to all those who participated – we enjoyed reading all of the entries, and are grateful to you for the time and effort you put into your submissions.

If you’re interested in studying Law at Oxford do come along to an Open Day – this year they are taking place on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July and Friday 20 September – or contact our Schools Liaison & Access Officer, Andrew. We’d love to hear from you.

The winning essays