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Jurisprudence: Home

Subjects: Law, Philosophy

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about texts and commentary for legal philosophy, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Legal Philosophy and Legal Theory : quick start

Jurisprudence or legal philosophy closely allied to aspects of social, moral and political  philosphy and theology. among other disciplines.
Standard SOLO searches will find e-books in this topic. Remote access will generally require an Oxford SSO.

Among the titles you will find are:

A sample of free and OA resources on the world wide web

Print resources for jurisprudence in the Law Bod

The largest collection of  legal philosophy works in the open shelf collection have shelf marks staring with Jurisp. 
However, the Law Bod is in the process of converting its entire book collection to a different (Moys) subject classification scheme, so SOLO searches will reveal some monographs with shelf marks beginning KA.  
Whichever the shelf mark, the current collection of monographs can be found on Level 2 

Specialist legal philosophy journals - shelf marks beginning Jurisp 300 - are on Floor 1, if the issue was published in 2000 or subsequently, or on the Ground Floor,  if the volume was published up to and including 1999.

Many "general interest" law journals  (such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies) may also publish articles on legal philosophy - so make a note of the shelf mark (in OJLS case it will begin Cw UK 300), and ask for directions if you need them!

Law Library: Reserve Collection

When you search SOLO for texts you may find - especially if the text is recommended on an undergrad reading list - that the shelf mark begins KA and the location is shown as "Law Library Reserve Collection." (As is the case for the first two titles below.) This section is also on Level 2 - just ask a member of staff for directions.

Current examples of Law Reserve books which are also general introductions to this subject are:

To do a subject search in SOLO, the major classifications to try are:


Law - philosophy

Sociological Jurisprudence

Law - political aspects

Law and economics

Law and ethics

Feminist jurisprudence

Alternatively, you could try adding philosophy after a legal topic eg Private law - philosophy.


The Lower Reading Rooms Open Shelves of the "old Bod" continue to have Philosophy and Theology & Patristics collections.
This Library is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Law Bod towards the centre of town.

Bodleian Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library  is a 20 to 30 minute walk from the Law Bod, in the
Radcliffe Humanities Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6GG
For many Oxonians, this building may still be better known as the (old) Radcliffe Infirmary!

Bodleian Social Science Library is, appropriately, our  immediate neighbour being about 5 minutes walk away down Manor Rd, OX1 3UQ

Searching in SOLO will show which of these locations has the books/journals you need - or whether they have to be Requested from the Closed Access areas.

Searching in SOLO will show which of these locations has the books/journals you need - or whether they have to be Requested from the Closed Access areas.

Getting started with philosophy:

Legal Philosophy in Oxford

Legal Philosophy in Oxford is an interdepartmental collaboration, involving Law, Philosophy, and Politics lecturers and researchers.