Bachelor of Civil Law

Bachelor of Civil Law (abbreviated BCL, or B.C.L.; Latin: Baccalaureus Civilis Legis) is the name of various degrees in law conferred by English-language universities. The BCL originated as a postgraduate degree in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, but many universities now offer undergraduate law degrees under the same label. Reference to Civil Law was not originally in contradistinction to Common Law, but to Canon Law, although it is true that Common Law was not taught in the Civil Law faculties in either university until at least the second half of the 18th century. However, some universities in English-speaking countries use the degree in the former sense.