Law at Homerton
Homerton typically admits around eight undergraduates per year. Homerton is well known for being a diverse and friendly place to study law. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds and countries. Other than academic excellence and strong verbal reasoning, there is no typical ‘Cambridge Law student’.
If you are predicted the required entrance grades then you are encouraged to apply. Think Cambridge Law profiled a day in the life of a Homerton law student here.
Supervisions are organised by the Director of Studies for your year. For the first two years the Director of Studies is James Manwaring. James also teaches two out of the four subjects taken in the first year (Criminal Law and Tort Law). Other subjects are taught by a variety of experts at other colleges. Supervisions are very small group classes, usually of around three students. This allows plenty of time for you to get to know your supervisors, and to discuss ideas with an expert in the field. You will also write essays every other supervision.
The Cambridge Law degree course is usually ranked as one of the best in the world. The Law Faculty is one the largest in the UK, with many world-leading experts. Typically around 220 undergraduates are admitted per year. The Law course (or ‘Tripos’) is normally a three-year degree, though some take an extra year to study abroad. Law at Cambridge is an intellectual discipline, rather than a vocational training course. Graduates achieve success in many fields, with most becoming lawyers.
Alumni include leading members of all branches of the legal profession, including several Justices of the Supreme Court. The Law Faculty provides large group lectures and seminars, while colleges provide small group supervisions. You can find out more about the course at the University website, the Law Faculty website, and Think Cambridge Law.
If you are offered a place then the standard Cambridge offer for Law is A*AA at A-level or 40-42 points overall and 776 in Higher Level subjects in IB, or the equivalent for other systems. We may vary offers to account for individual circumstances, and reserve the right to offer a place conditional on a higher level of achievement in these qualifications given the serious competition for places in this subject.
Studying law requires excellent English language abilities. If English isn’t your first language you will have to demonstrate that you can comfortably achieve Cambridge’s minimum English language requirements.
We don’t require any particular subjects at A-level or equivalent. All that counts is taking a rigorous academic programme. Most candidates take at least one essay-based course, but those who have studied only science subjects are just as welcome to apply. We are completely neutral about A-level Law. It’s perfectly fine to take, but it provides no advantage in the admissions process.
Cambridge does not require the LNAT.
All applicants for Law are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. You do not need to register or be registered in advance for the assessment at interview – the College will provide details of arrangements in the letters inviting applicants to interview. The Cambridge Law Test (essay version; 60 minutes) does not require any prior knowledge of the law, it seeks to evaluate your capacity for critical thinking and writing skills. For further information, see the Faculty of Law website for assessment details. Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
Most of our graduates become lawyers. Many continue onto postgraduate education or enter other fields.