The study of law has a long and distingushed history at the University of Cambridge—and at Fitzwilliam College. The Law course at Cambridge is intended to give a deeper appreciation of the working of legal rules and institutions than is obtainable from a merely vocational training.
Number of students
We typically admit 8-10 undergraduates per year.
The Law Tripos is taught through a mixture of lectures, given centrally at the law faculty, and supervisions, teaching in small groups of two to four, which are arranged by the College. The lectures are intended to provide an overview of all the material in any given subject, and supervisions provide students with the chance to discuss the material with an expert in a more closed setting. Supervisors require students to prepare for supervision by reading about the topic being studied, preparing issues for discussion, and writing essays or answering problem questions.
The typical number of lecture hours for each law paper is 36 per year, mostly timetabled for the first two terms of each year, which equates to about 10-12 hours of lectures a week. You normally have a fortnightly College supervision in each subject as well.
In Year 1, all students take the same papers: Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Law of Tort, Criminal Law and Legal Skills and methodology/p>
In Year 2, you choose five papers from a wide range of option. Most students take Contract Law and Land Law. Other options are: Family Law, International Law, Administrative Law, Legal History, Criminal;Procedure and Criminal;Evidence, Human Rights Law and Comparative Law.
In Year 3,you select and study five papers from an even more extensive range. Most students take Equality and European Union Law, however you can also take papers in Commercial Law, Public Law, Labour; Law. You can take certain half papers as well, in recent years papers have included: Landlord and Tenant Law, Law of Succession, Personal Information Law, Law and Development and Banking Law.
You can also participate in a seminar course, submitting a dissertation in place of one paper. Seminar courses vary each year but in the past have included Family in Society, Women and the Law, Law and Ethics of Medicine, Public Law, and Select Issues in International Law.
With the exception of the Legal Skills and Methodology paper, for which you submit an extended essay, each paper is assessed by a written examination at the end of the year. In the third year, you have the option of substituting one paper for a dissertation.
For further information about studying Law at the University of Cambridge see the Faculty of Law website.
The benefits of Law at Fitzwilliam College
Fitzwilliam College has a dynamic Fellowship team, with particular expertise in criminal and social justice issues, including criminal law, employment law, sentencing and the penal system.
The College also has an active Law Society with excellent links to practitioners and policymakers, plenty of opportunities for mooting and extra-curricular development.
Our standard conditional offer for this subject is usually A*AA at A-level or 40-42 points overall and 7, 7, 6 at Higher Level in IB. We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.
The Admissions Process
The admissions process consists of two interviews. All applicants for Law are also required to take a the Cambridge Law Test at interview.
Director of Studies & Fellows
Dr Amy Ludlow, Director of Studies in Law at Fitzwilliam College. Research interests: Public service reform and staffing, public contracting and procurement, criminal justice, empirical/socio-legal methodology
Professor Nicola Padfield, Fellow and Master a Fitzwilliam College, Professor in Criminal and Penal Justice; Director of the Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice
Mr Richard Hooley, Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University Lecturer in Law