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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.


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

Essential Highly desirable/useful
No specific subjects No specific subjects

For details about potential A Level and IB offer conditions in your target degree, see our Typical Offers webpage and select your course from the University's Course Listing homepage then check out the "Subject Requirements and Typical Offers" link in the Entry Requirements tab.

For other qualifications, see our Typical Offers page.

Written work

You will not be required to submit any written work.

Admissions assessment

Cambridge University uses a system of common format admissions assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. For more information about the admissions assessment in this subject, click on:

Admissions assessment

Interviews and College-specific assessment

If invited, you will have two interviews with academic Fellows of the College, each lasting about 25 minutes. In addition to the University's regular admissions assessment (noted above), you will also be asked to sit a Churchill-specific written assessment lasting 45 minutes. Both the interviews and the assessments are designed solely to evaluate your proficiency in analytical reasoning. There are no past papers available of the Churchill-specific written assessment.


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

Admissions Office

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