The Cambridge Law Test

The Cambridge Law Test is designed and used by most of the Cambridge Colleges. It is intended to complement the other elements of our admissions process, such as interviews, and consideration of academic performance to date, and the terms of conditional offers.

Applicants who sit the test in Cambridge will be required to answer one question in one hour. Specimen questions, together with some information on the qualities we will be looking for in applicants' answers, are available to download. The questions will not require any prior knowledge of the law.

Will I have to take the test?

Nearly all Cambridge Colleges will be using the new test. A list of participating Colleges can be found on the Cambridge Admissions website. All applicants who are called to interview by participating Colleges will be asked to take the test.

When and where will I sit the test?

The test is a paper-based test; it will not involve the use of a computer. Applicants who are called for interview will sit the test while in Cambridge for interview. The College dealing with your application will give you further details in due course.

What if I am offered an overseas interview?

It will be possible to sit the Cambridge Law Test at our overseas interview centres. If you are offered an overseas interview, you will receive more information about this in due course. Applicants who take the test at overseas interview centres will sit a slightly different version of it, in that they will be required to answer two questions in two hours.

What do I have to do in order to take the test?

Nothing. The College you are applying to (or, if you are making an open application, the College to which your application is referred) will make the necessary arrangements and will let you know what they are.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. There is no fee associated with taking the Cambridge Law Test.

What role does the Cambridge Law Test play in the admissions process?

The Cambridge Law Test is not a substitute for the admissions interview. An applicant's performance in interview will remain an important part of the College's admissions decision, along with the information in the applicant's application papers. Performance in the test is not intended to determine the admissions decision. Rather, it will provide a further piece of information which will be taken into account in selecting candidates for admission.

Are specimen questions available?

Yes. Specimen questions for the Cambridge Law Test are available to download.