The College usually admits six undergraduates each year to study Law.
The course tutors are Pavlos Eleftheriadis and Andrew Higgins. In addition, the Principal of Mansfield College as of 2018 is an experienced and award-winning barrister, with over 26 years of expertise in constitutional law, human rights and equality law, including particular experience of the higher education sector - Helen Mountfield QC.
Mansfield is one of the smallest Oxford colleges. This creates an informal and friendly atmosphere, but without sacrificing academic rigour. Contact between tutors and students is easy and frequent. The College tutors teach about six core subjects between them: Constitutional Law, Introduction to Law, Contracts, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence and European Community Law. In recent years Mansfield law students have won the Vinerian Scholarship for the best performance on the BCL, the Wronker Prize for Jurisprudence in the FHS and in 2010 the Herbert Hart Prize in Jurisprudence and Political Theory in the BCL.
Law has been taught at Mansfield since 1969. Each year the College admits about six or seven undergraduates. The College welcomes applications for the four-year course, Law with Law Studies in Europe, as well as for the main three-year course. At any one time there are usually about twenty law students at Mansfield. There is a separate College law library and a vibrant student law society. Mansfield is also very conveniently located only a few minutes away from the Law Faculty and the city centre.
Law students at Mansfield are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, both from the UK and overseas. There is no preference for any particular A level (or equivalent) subjects. We consider any candidate who demonstrates the ability to organise information quickly and efficiently and present a well-constructed argument. The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) will be taken by all candidates. This test, established by several universities in England including Oxford, is designed to provide an assessment of a candidate’s potential for law degree courses. It is not a replacement for A level (or equivalent) qualifications. It will be used as an additional piece of information for selection decisions alongside A levels, GCSE results (or equivalent qualifications) and the other information available to law schools on a candidate’s application form, as well as, where applicable, the candidate’s performance in interview. Candidates will receive at least two interviews at Mansfield. These will normally cover general issues, such as why the candidate wants to study law and a discussion of topical legal issues and/or hypothetical cases. No prior knowledge of the law is required either for the interview or the LNAT. No written work will be required.
Dr Eleftheriadis specialises in public law, European Union law and jurisprudence. He has published widely in both areas and was a Visiting Professor in European Union Law at Columbia Law School in 2001. Before coming to Oxford he taught at the London School of Economics. His book Legal Rights was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. He is also a barrister and practices in public and European law from chambers in the Temple.
Dr Higgins is the Associate Professor in Civil Procedure at the Law Faculty and a Fellow in Law of Mansfield College. He has taught civil procedure on Oxford’s BCL/MJUR course since 2008 and has taught contract and tort for University College and New College respectively. Dr Higgins worked as a solicitor at the Australian law firm Slater & Gordon until 2007, and has been a practising barrister at the Victorian Bar since 2011. His main area of practice is mass tort litigation and has worked on asbestos, thalidomide and tobacco litigation amongst others. Dr Higgins' main research interests are civil procedure, tort and causation.