The 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:
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.
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.