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University of Oxford Law School Disputations


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Four volumes consisting of two sets of the formal disputations (one for the opponent to read from, the other for the respondent), which were held to satisfy the requirement (see Administrative/Biographical History). Each book contains the same four Quaestiones, nos. 32757 and 32759 (written in about 1770 and about 1840) being for the opponents, and the other two (written at the same times, and partly in the same words as the opponents' books) for the respondents.


  • Creation: 1770-1840


0.15 Linear metres (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Oxon d. 53, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Top. Oxon d. 53-56

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13283


University of Oxford Law School Disputations

Biographical / Historical

One of the requirements for the Bachelor of Civil Law degree in the University of Oxford was that the student should have gone through certain disputations pro forma in the Law School, twice as opponent and twice as respondent.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 32757-32760.

Custodial History

The older pair is much worn and in places torn, all four having no doubt been supplied by the bedell to successive candidates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volumes were presented to the Library by the Registrar on Nov. 10, 1899.

Physical Facet

On paper


University of Oxford Law School Disputations
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom