Law

  • Intake: 10 - 12 
  • Offers: A*AA 
  • Essential Subjects: none 
  • Desirable Subjects: none 
  • Faculty website: www.law.cam.ac.uk

Tripos: 

Questions of analysis and interpretation, logical reasoning, ethical judgement, political liberty and social control: Law at Cambridge gives you the opportunity both to see law in its historical and social context and to examine its general principles and techniques. 

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. The emphasis is on principle and technique, reasoning and explanation. There are opportunities to study the history of law, and to consider the subject in its wider social context. Although most undergraduates who read law do so with the intention of practising, the course also provides an excellent broad education for those who do not. Third years may study abroad for a year. 

Year 1 - Part IA 

In your first year, all students take the same four papers: 

  • Criminal Law 
  • Civil Law 
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Law of Tort 

Year 2 - Part IB 

In your second year, you choose five papers from a wide range of options. Most students take Contract Law and Land Law.

Other options include: 

  • Family Law 
  • International Law 
  • Administrative Law 
  • Criminal Procedure and Evidence  
  • Legal History 
  • Civil Law II 
  • Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System 
  • European Union Law 

Year 3 - Part II 

In the third year, you select and study five papers from an even more extensive range. Most students take Equity and European Union Law but you can develop your interests in, for instance: 

  • Commercial Law 
  • Labour Law 
  • Public Law subjects 
  • more theoretical aspects of law (e.g. Jurisprudence) 

You can take certain half–papers as well. In recent years, subjects available have included: 

  • Landlord and Tenant Law 
  • Medical Law 
  • European Human Rights Law 
  • Media Law 

You can also participate in a seminar course, submitting a dissertation in place of one paper. Seminar courses vary each year but in the past have included Family in Society, Women and the Law, Ethics and Criminal Law, Public Law, and International Law. 

Law at Queens’

  • Undergraduates reading Law are given a ‘supervision’ (or tutorial) in each subject once a fortnight - usually in groups of three or four. 
  • We try to ensure that as many subjects as possible are taught within the College. 
  • A gap year is welcomed at Queens’ 
  • Candidates will be required to sit the Cambridge Law Test the same day as interview. More information can be found here.

Queens’ Law Fellows 

Prof Richard Fentiman (Director of Studies & Derek Bowett Fellow in Law; Chair of the Faculty of Law)

Current research:  Private International Law, Civil Procedure, International Commercial Litigation, Comparative Law.

Dr John Allison 

Current research: Public law: especially from a theoretical or a historical and comparative perspective. Legal history: especially the development of public law. 

Professor Martin Dixon

Director of the Cambridge Centre for Property Law

Current research: the law of real property, with emphasis on co-owned land, mortgages and the land registration system. International law, especially the roles of international organisations including the United Nations, relationship with municipal law and state sovereignty. 

Dr Federica Paddeu (John Tiley Fellow in Law)

Current research: general international law, State responsibility, law on the use of force, history of international law (especially 19th and early-20th centuries), exceptions in legal theory.