Studying Law at Cambridge

Combining Law with another subject

Students wishing to combine Law with another subject usually study Law after that other subject, rather than before. Those changing into Law after their first year take Law Tripos IB at the end of their second year and Law Tripos II at the end of their third year - a total of ten subjects. Those changing into Law after their second year take Law Tripos IB in their third year, and would need to extend their studies into a fourth year, in order to take Law Tripos II.

Students who study Law for two years after one or two years spent studying another Tripos are able to take the seven 'Foundation' legal subjects that are required to gain exemption from the academic stage of the professional examinations that are required for entry into the legal profession. In addition, students are required to take the half paper in Legal Skills and Methodology.

Students wishing to combine Law with another subject should discuss their plans with their preferred college. If at all possible, this should be done before submitting a formal application since colleges vary in their attitude towards applicants who want to study another subject before studying Law.

Furthermore, some combinations of subjects, though technically permissible, may not be recommended and, if a fourth year in Cambridge is desirable, the necessary financial support must be assured.

A student who has accepted a place to study one subject for three years requires the consent of the college to change to another subject subsequently. Colleges usually interview undergraduates wishing to change into Law, and will often specify that they must meet a certain academic standard in their end-of-year examinations in their current subject.

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Hayley, 3rd year changeover Law student


My experience of changing into Law from another subject has been a very positive one. You settle into Law very quickly, and it's a really challenging and rewarding degree