University of CambridgeCambridge University was formed in the early part of the 13th century and is the second oldest university in England (Oxford University is the oldest). It is regularly ranked among the top five universities in the world. Former students include 87 Nobel Laureates.
Cambridge is a collegiate university, which means that it is comprised of independent colleges (there are 31 colleges). Each college consists of academics and students from a broad range of disciplines. All students are a member of one of Cambridge’s colleges while studying a course.
Uniquely perhaps to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, teaching is normally conducted in small group tutorials ('supervision'), which students prepare for by writing an essay and discussing it during the tutorial.
Cambridge University is located in the South-East of England, most colleges being situated in the City of Cambridge. The city is very student-orientated, with a vibrant student life and plenty of cultural and entertainment activities. It is also less than an hour to central London.
The law school
Law has been offered at Cambridge since the thirteenth century. The number of law students at the university is one of the largest of any law school in the UK, consisting of some 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
There are currently around 100 academic staff in the Law Faculty, including specialists in almost every aspect of English law and its history, EU law, public and private international law, Roman law, legal philosophy, and criminology.
In 1995, a new Law Faculty building was opened in West Road, bringing together on one site the Squire Law Library, the lecture and seminar rooms, the administrative offices, and common-room facilities. In 2005, a new building for the Institute of Criminology was completed.
Scholarships are available, including for international students.
Applicants for the LL.M. programme must usually hold either a First class degree in law from a university in the UK or the equivalent from a university abroad (this usually means being placed in the top 5-10% of the class).
You can also apply before you have completed your degree but you will usually have academic conditions attached to your offer if you are successful.
If you do not have or are not studying a law degree, you may be accepted if you have either significant professional legal experience or have a professional legal qualification with the equivalent of a First Class result.
English language requirements
Applicants who have not taken their prior academic work in English must provide proof of proficiency in English. They can do this by providing relevant scores in IELTS or, where IELTS is not available, TOEFL. Please see the website for details of minimum scores required in both tests.
The Cambridge LLM (Master of Law) programme is a one-year course running from the beginning of October to the end of June of the following year.
The LLM is organised and taught separately from the undergraduate law course at the University. All of the courses are specifically tailored for the LLM (there are currently over 30 courses).
Assessment is by means of four papers, three of which are taken by means of a three-hour written examination and one by an 18,000 word thesis.
Students attend lectures or seminars in smaller groups. No tutorials are provided similar to those given in the undergraduate law course.
The course cannot be taken by correspondence or on a part-time basis.
The LLM is intended for law graduates, and is not an introduction to the common law. For those students coming from a non-common law background, there are optional introductory lectures before the commencement of the LLM covering areas specific to English law, such as case-law and the basic mechanics of the common law.
Introduction of Corporate LLM
The Law Faculty will be launching a Corporate LLM (CLLM) degree in October 2012.
The Corporate LLM will be a full-time nine month programme principally designed for those interested in pursuing a career in corporate law. The course will focus on the rules applying to corporations and corporate transactions and the underlying policy objectives that shape the law and regulation governing business corporations.