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I was wondering about applying to Merton College, Oxford. What is its law department like? What are their facilities like? Do they have a law socety? What are the lawyers social lives like?

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I was wondering about applying to Merton College, Oxford. What is its law department like? What are their facilities like? Do they have a law socety? What are the lawyers social lives like?

Any info would b appreciated
Merton is strong across the board. It's not one of the colleges famed for Law - eg Magadelen, Brasenose but it is nevertheless one of the strongest. In terms of facilities there aren't many better. Had a couple of mates there who had excelent rooms, food is known for being good. Socialy it's quieter than many of the larger colleges and it always seems apolitical. Merton students have a strong work ethic and iit does seem increasingly competitive to get in. Students there seem to like it a lot!
I think tagzt who posts on here is doing Law at Merton so he can give you a more definitive view.
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I was wondering about applying to Merton College, Oxford. What is its law department like? What are their facilities like? Do they have a law socety? What are the lawyers social lives like?

Any info would b appreciated
im a merton lawyer, the law department is excellent, one of the most respected in the university. both the law tutors are fellows, and the reputation means that for the subjects we have to go out of college for, we get the most respected tutors in those fields within the university.

the facilites are good, though tbh that shouldn't be an overly important choice in your decision. all the cases you need are available online and its a lot easier to read cases online. also it is best to buy your own copy of the main textbooks (u can get them cheap second hand) rather than risking someone else using them in the library. it is good to be near the bod law library though (university law lib) which merton is.

the college does have law society, called the halsbury society. its brilliant, all the lawyers get on really well from across all the years and when we get together its really good fun. the society organises a drinks party type thing in the first term so everyone gets to know each other, sometimes we just all meet up for a drink and its gd fun.

the social lives of the lawyers are good, though at the moment im not enjoying too much of one since i have exams at the end of this term. lawyers take exams a term earlier than everyone else, which means we start of working a lot harder and then have time to relax while everyone else is revising. there is large workload but you get used to it and start learning with the shortcuts. your social life is what you make of it, if you want to go out then you can if you would rather just hang around in the college bar and play pool or something then you can do that as well.

hope that helps.
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oh yeh other stuff:

the food is excellent and very very good value for money, a 3 course formal dinner is available every day for just £2 something.

the rooms vary a lot, first year accomodation is ok. not likely to get en suite which is a bugger but you get used to it, soom rooms are quite small whilst others are ridiculously big.

politically its a very apathetic college, no one takes politics seriously and JCR (student body) meetings are more about the free alcohol than discussiong politics.

its a very open, friendly place. i have only been there a term and already know a lot of people, thats great because it means you can walk thorugh college if you're bored and know there will be a friendlly face around.
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