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Law at Cambridge
The law program focuses on English law, with many opportunities to study other legal systems, including civil (Roman) law, EU law and international law. You can also study theoretical and sociological aspects of law such as jurisprudence or parts of criminology.
Facilities and resources
The present Faculty teaching staff has expertise across nearly every aspect of English law and its history, as well as European Union law, international law, civil law, legal philosophy and criminology.
The Faculty building houses lecture theatres, seminar rooms and a moot court, as well as the comprehensive Squire Law Library, offering more than 180,000 volumes and excellent computing facilities.
The Faculty and University Law Society organise numerous activities including formal meetings, informal barristers’ and solicitors’ evenings, social events, lectures and moots (debates about hypothetical legal cases).
A Law degree alone is not a qualification for practice but ‘qualifying law graduates’ (who’ve passed the seven ‘foundation’ subjects) may proceed directly to the vocational training courses preparing them for the final professional examinations.
The seven foundation subjects are:
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Law of Tort
- Law of Contract
- Land Law
- Law of Trusts (Equity)
- Law of the European Union
Most Law undergraduates intend to practise law as barristers or solicitors and our graduates are prominent in both branches of the legal profession, in the judiciary and in academic life. Others seek careers in administration, management, politics or finance and find employment within the legal departments of the Civil Service, local government, industrial and commercial firms, banks, and international organisations.
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages.
Required by all Colleges: no specific subjects
Required by some Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level in at least one essay-based subject
All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge Colleges so check College websites for College-specific requirements. See also Entrance requirements and our Subject Matters leaflet for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.
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