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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 want to study Law at Churchill, our principal criterion for selection is intellectual excellence. We are looking for students who have performed superbly in their academic work heretofore and who are determined to put in the effort needed to perform well at Cambridge.

You do not need Arts subjects at A Level to study Law at Churchill. Many entrants who studied only Science subjects have achieved fine results , and combinations of Arts and Sciences are equally welcome. The key detail is to pursue a rigorous programme of study during your final years at school or college.

We are sometimes asked by candidates what we think about A Level Law. We are completely neutral on it. It's a perfectly good A Level to do but not one that we require, and candidates who haven’t studied it are at no disadvantage in our admissions process.

Subject pre-requisites

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For other qualifications, see our Typical Offers page.

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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