Studying Law at Cambridge

StudentsThe undergraduate Law course at Cambridge is intended to give a thorough grounding in the principles of law viewed from an academic rather than a vocational perspective.

We encourage Cambridge Law students to think beyond the black letter of the rules. This means that we challenge students to consider questions like:

  • Where did this law come from? How did it develop over time?
  • How might this law apply in novel situations?
  • What is the intended purpose? What social objectives do these rules serve?
  • Is this law accomplishing its intended purpose? Are there any unintended consequences?
  • Does this law need to be reformed?

The BA Tripos Degree

The term "Tripos" originally referred to the three-legged stool that Cambridge students sat on to take their final exams. You won’t have to sit on a stool these days, but the term "Tripos" has stuck around as shorthand for the degree that you complete when you pass your examinations at Cambridge.

At Cambridge, all undergraduate students receive a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA) upon completing their course. This means that the undergraduate Law degree at Cambridge is a BA, while many other universities in the UK offer an LLB degree as their undergraduate law programme. The BA in Law at Cambridge, like most LLB programmes, is considered a qualifying law degree.

The Three Year Undergraduate Law Degree

Most Law students will complete the Law degree in three years, studying various areas of Law through a combination of required and optional modules, sometimes called "papers" at Cambridge. You can find information on alternative tracks, including the Erasmus+ scheme, the affiliate degree, or changing into Law from another subject at Cambridge on this website.

First Year

  1. Civil (Roman) Law
  2. Law of Tort
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Constitutional Law
  5. Legal Skills and Methodology half paper

Second year

  1. Land Law
  2. Contract Law
  3. Option 1
  4. Option 2
  5. Option 3

Third year

  1. Equity
  2. European Union Law
  3. Option 4
  4. Option 5
  5. Option 6 (or Dissertation Seminar)

For more information about the subjects on offer please refer to the full range of subjects on the Faculty website (or listen to short presentations about the papers which were available this year).