Admission of undergraduates to Cambridge is entirely a matter for Colleges. The Law Faculty has no role in that regard. Accordingly, prospective applicants should normally address any enquiries to the Tutor for Admissions of one of the Colleges and not to the Law Faculty office. There are no Faculty or course requirements over and above the University's entry requirements (for more information refer to the Cambridge Admissions Office website).
Prospective undergraduates should apply, in accordance with the procedure described in the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus, not later than 15 October (and preferably earlier) in the calendar year preceding the one in which they wish to come to Cambridge.
An applicant may apply for deferred entry to enable him or her to have a 'year out' before starting at Cambridge.
There is no procedure whereby late applications for admission in the same calendar year (eg after better than expected 'A' level examination results) can be considered.
As discussed earlier, applicants aged 21 or over who have not previously completed a course of higher education may apply for admission as mature students.
The University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus has a special section dealing with such applications from which it will be seen that the usual formal educational requirements may be waived.
Graduates (in whatever subject) may apply to a college for admission to study law as an affiliated student. Affiliated students are known within the Law Faculty as Senior Status Law Students. They have all the privileges of ordinary BA students.
An affiliated student who holds no degree from Cambridge can obtain the Cambridge BA degree in two years rather than the usual three - if studying law, the usual pattern would be to take Tripos Part IB at the end of the first year and Tripos Part II at the end of the second year.
An affiliated student can obtain the Cambridge BA degree in two years rather than the usual three - if studying Law, the usual pattern would be to take Tripos IB at the end of the first year and Tripos II at the end of the second year. This two year course is recognised and referred to by the professional legal bodies as a 'Senior Status Law Degree'.
The application procedure for admission as an affiliated student is set out in the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus.
There are 31 Colleges in Cambridge. It is possible to study for the BA degree in Law at all Colleges except for Clare Hall and Darwin. Three Colleges are exclusively for women (Murray Edwards (formerly New Hall), Newnham and Lucy Cavendish), and four are for mature (including affiliated) students (Wolfson, Hughes Hall, St Edmund’s and Lucy Cavendish). The remainder house and teach all students enrolled in courses of study at the University.
Information about choosing a College is available in the University Prospectus. Statistics about numbers of applications, and acceptances, to Colleges are available on the University website.