Throughout my years as alaw student, what truly fascinated me was not what the laws on a particularsubject were, but rather, what “law” was. In fact, I was captivated by questions such as what makes law a normativeforce in the lives of those who are subject to it, as well as law’s complexrelation with the notion of morality.Myquest to answer these questions about legal philosophywas triggered during the pursuit of my first law degree at McGill University. Thecurriculum—which guided students to approach law as an academic discipline beyondits practical applications—inspired me to explore historical,philosophical, and critical approaches to law and legal education. Duringmy time as a master’s student in France—in a legal theory programme—I engaged evenmore deeply in this field. I studied various forms of legal argumentation andleveraged the philosophy of language to help answer questionsabout the philosophy of law. Infact, from theapproach of methodological positivism, my dissertation focused on the discourseof the Supreme Court of Canada on the notion of ‘legal principles’,highlighting how they were used as argumentative resources to determine theoutcomes of cases.Mykeen interest in legal philosophy is the prime motivation behind my applicationto Oxford’s B.
Indeed, I believe that Oxford—as the world leader inlegal philosophy—would provide me with anunparalleled opportunity to learn from renowned and passionate scholars who areexperts in the fields that most fascinate me.Mygraduate studies as well as my research experience have taught me theimportance of self-discipline, commitment, and hard work in academia, whichwill, I believe, help me achieve my goal ofresearching and teaching at the university level. MP1 In France, inparticular, I graduated two years in arow with first-class honours. I am proud to have maintained this high academicstanding while working part-time as a research assistant, participating in alegal clinic, and being involved in a research group in sociology and family law.In 2017, I embarked on a path toward my doctoralstudies in legal and constitutional theory, and I remained dedicated to myacademic goals as I achieved a cumulative 4.0 GPA MP2 and was awarded two doctoral fellowships (fromthe two most important research agencies in Canada and Quebec).Oxfordrepresents an environment of philosophical transformation, of intellectualrigour, and of creativity. I am confident that the opportunities offered by the B.
C.L. coursewill not only help me refine my knowledge and widen my perspective as adoctoral student; they will also help me excel as both a scholar and as a lawprofessor.
I aim to eagerly engage even more in depth in this discipline by takingpart in the Jurisprudence and Political Theory or Constitutional Theory coursesor by participating in the JurisprudenceDiscussion Group. I would be honoured to join Oxford’s vibrant intellectualcommunity in September 2018. MP1Penser à meilleure transition. MP2Lolz.