A Qualifying Law Degree

The Cambridge Law degree as a ‘qualifying law degree’

The Law course at Cambridge is designed primarily to provide a liberal education. A law degree is not, in itself, a qualification for practice but Cambridge Law graduates may at once proceed to the vocational training courses preparing them for the final professional examinations for barristers and solicitors, provided they have passed examinations in seven ‘Foundation’ subjects, as designated by the professional bodies.

These subjects are:

  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Constitutional Law
  • Land Law
  • Contract Law
  • Equity
  • European Union Law

Non-Law graduates must first pass the Graduate Diploma in Law or its equivalent before proceeding to the vocational stage. For more information refer to the SRA and Bar Standards Board websites.

Legal Skills and Methodology half paper

The Legal Skills and Methodology half paper is a compulsory paper for first year students, and for those students taking the Tripos in two years (affiliated and changeover students). It provides students with training in legal methodology and research and is designed to complement their studies. The half paper aims to equip students with the foundational skills and insights which will enable them to identify, apply and analyse a wide range of legal resources to develop as lawyers. It aims to improve the abilities of students to reason using legal sources and ideas and to stand them in good stead when they graduate into research or practice.

The half paper is taught through lectures and workshops which take place in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Assessment will be in the form of an extended essay to be submitted at the start of the Easter Term.