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The undergraduate law course at Cambridge is intended to give a thorough grounding in the principles of law viewed from an academic rather than a vocational perspective. 

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Law at ҹѰ

The emphasis is on principle and technique, reasoning and explanation. There are opportunities to study the history of law, and to consider the subject in its wider social context.  In studying Law as an academic discipline, students are required to think critically, to identify the policies which underpin particular rules and to suggest alternatives. They are expected to develop an understanding of the economic, political, social and international context in which the Law applies, and an appreciation of its ethical and philosophical consequences. This often requires students to engage with other academic disciplines. ҹѰ has around 15-20 undergraduates studying Law at any one time and our student body is drawn from across the nation and around the world.

Graduates from any discipline may apply to ҹѰ for admission to a two-year law degree as an . Affiliated students take Parts IB and Part II of the Law Tripos (effectively the second and third years of the law degree). It is possible to complete all seven foundation subjects in two years as an affiliated student and graduate with a qualifying law degree.

We are also very keen to encourage those students who do not yet have a degree to make applications to study the full three-year Law course with us at ҹѰ.

You can find further information about studying Law on the University's course . Detailed information is also available on the Faculty's Prospective Undergraduates .

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What are we looking for?

We are looking for keen and diligent students who have an intellectual interest in the law and an aptitude for law. A legal aptitude includes an analytical mind, precision of thought and articulation, attention to detail, and the ability to build persuasive arguments. In addition, we value applicants who have an open and critical mind, and can see the different sides of an issue.

We do not expect applicants to have studied law or to have any specific legal knowledge (eg the content of the law of theft). That said, a general interest in real-world legal issues (eg from current affairs) may assist an applicant in demonstrating the above competences.  

Entry Requirements

Many A level (or equivalent) subjects provide a good grounding for the study of Law at university and Colleges have an open mind about the subjects that are a sound preparation.

Good applicants tend to have taken subjects at A level (or equivalent) that develop a careful, analytical approach to reading and which require them to present information in a way which is well structured and thoughtfully argued. In our experience, applicants with backgrounds in Mathematics and science subjects perform as well as those whose background is in humanities subjects. Applicants are not required to have studied Law at GCSE or A level. Those who have done so tend not to have any special advantage once they begin studying Law at university.

Please consult the University's for further information.

Applications

Applications to study Law at ҹѰ are submitted through UCAS. The College additionally requires the submission of written work, completion of the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) and an online interview, as detailed below.

Written Work

Applicants will be asked to submit one piece of written work, which they have written as part of their normal preparation for public examinations. This should be submitted by 2 November. 

Assessment

All applicants for Law must register to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Full details on how to register for the LNAT can be found on the . You can register for the LNAT from 1 August to 15 September 2023, and the LNAT can be taken from 1 September 2023. Applicants for Law must take the LNAT by no later than 16 October 2023. For the March Round the LNAT must be taken by 1 March 2024. Further details can be found on the page of the University website.

Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December. There will be one or two interviews (in total lasting 40-50 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom. Applicants may also be asked to spend 15-20 minutes immediately before interview reading an unseen passage.

For more information about making an application, please visit our application webpages

You can also find useful information on our Application FAQs page.