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Law at Cambridge

Questions of analysis and interpretation, logical reasoning, ethical judgement, political liberty and social control: Law at Cambridge will allow you to see law in its historical and social contexts, and to examine its general principles and techniques.

Law has been studied and taught in Cambridge since the thirteenth century. Graduates from the Faculty are prominent in academic life, in the judiciary, and in both branches of the legal profession.

Full details are provided on the Faculty of Law website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

Why study Law at Churchill?

Churchill College aims to take 3-5 new Law students each year. We have two Teaching Fellows in Law, which means that we have an excellent student-to-teacher ratio. Churchill has produced outstanding examination results in Law in recent times and like the other handful of Cambridge colleges that have excelled in Law, we admit quite a small number of students. The relatively small size of the contingent of Law students enables us to devote more attention to each student than would be possible with a much larger group.


When we consider applications from people who wish to study Law at Churchill, our principal criterion for selection is that of intellectual excellence. We are looking for people who have performed superbly in their academic work heretofore and who are determined to put in the effort needed to perform well at Cambridge. If you are not prepared to spend 40-50 hours of your time (beyond the time required for attendance at lectures) each week on your studies, then Law is probably not the appropriate subject for you.

You do not need Arts subjects at A Level to study Law. Many applicants who study only Sciences subjects at A Level have achieved fine results in Law at Churchill. Because we believe that the more 'traditional' and rigorous A Level subjects provide the best preparation for the study of Law, we greatly prefer subjects such as Mathematics, Further Mathematics, History, Latin, Greek, English Language, English Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry, Government & Politics, Economics, Psychology, French or any other foreign language, Classics, Biology, Geography, and so forth. Though we do not frown upon the taking of Law at A Level, we do not in any way require it or even recommend it.

If you are a prospective Law applicant to Churchill, we strongly encourage you to take four A Level subjects if you can. Taking more than four subjects is perfectly acceptable but not necessary; what is necessary is that you attain excellent marks in four A Levels .

In order to maintain our academic prowess in Law, we have to apply very stringent standards for admission. To stand a chance of success, you will have to have achieved exceptionally strong marks at GCSE level and will have to be demonstrably on the way to achieving similarly impressive marks in your A Levels. Virtually everyone admitted during the last decade has attained at least nine A*s at GCSE; we are very unlikely to call you for interview if you have fewer than five top grades at GCSE. We ordinarily favour students completing four A Levels and normally attach a condition of A*A*AA to any offer of admission in Law. Conditional offers for candidates presenting three A Levels may be set at A*A*A*. We expect IB and Scottish Advanced Higher applicants to be similarly high-achieving, and anticipate calling for interview those predicted an overall score of at least 41 or 42 in the IB , with 7, 7, 7 at Higher Level, or grades AAA in Advanced Highers.

Subject pre-requisites

Essential Highly desirable/useful
No specific subject required, but A Level applicants are strongly encouraged to take four A Level subjects. The subjects taken may be arts or sciences, but should typically be traditional and rigorous (see above). No specific subjects


Standard entry requirements

Written work

You will not be required to submit any written work.

Interview and assessments

If you satisfy our minimum standards, you will be invited to undergo a 30-minute interview with academic Fellows of the College, a Churchill-specific written test (45 minutes duration), and the Cambridge Law Test. Both the interview and the written tests are designed solely to evaluate your proficiency in analytical reasoning. There are no past papers available of the Churchill-specific written test.


For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

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