The Cambridge Law Test

The Cambridge Law Test is intended to complement the other elements of our admissions process, such as your interview, your personal statement, and the record of your academic performance to date.

You will have one hour to answer an essay based question. Five sample tests, as well as some information on the qualities we will be looking for in applicants' answers, are available to download.

The questions will not require that you have any prior knowledge of the law. We are looking to test your general skills of comprehension and exposition.

When and where will I sit the test?

If you are called for an interview, you will sit the test while in Cambridge for your interview. The college dealing with your application will give you further details in due course. The test is a paper-based test; it will not involve the use of a computer, except for applicants with a relevant disability.

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 the test from the college that is handling your application.

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

Nothing. You do not need to pre-register. The College that has invited you to interview 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?

Your performance in the test alone will not determine your admissions decision. Your interview will remain an important part of the College's admissions decision, along with the information in your application. Your performance on the Cambridge Law Test will simply provide a further piece of information which will be taken into account in selecting candidates for admission.

Are sample tests available?

Yes. Five sample tests are available to download, along with information on the qualities that we look for in a strong response.

Are requirements different for mature applicants?

If you will be over 21 when you start at university, and are applying to one of Cambridge’s mature colleges, contact the college you have applied to for further information on their procedures.

How do I find out more?

If you want to find out more about the Cambridge Law Test, you can always read the blog post "What I look for when I grade the Cambridge Law Test" by Faculty Access Officer Dominic de Cogan on Medium.