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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

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Law at Cambridge 

The Cambridge course is comprehensive and varied, covering all the foundational topics, such as contract, tort, criminal law, constitutional law, equity, and EU law. Students can take three electives in each of their second and third year of study, across a range of topics such as family law, company law, international law and jurisprudence. The BA in Law is assessed by way of examinations taken at the end of each of the three years (Parts IA, IB and II of the Law Tripos). On graduation, you will gain a "qualifying law degree" which will grant partial exemption from further exams for those who intend to practice in law.

Full details about the structure and content of the course can be found at the Departmental website.

Law in Murray Edwards College 

We welcome around 7 undergraduate students in law each year.  Within the College as a whole this means we have around 20 undergraduate students, 4 postgraduate students, and 5 Fellows and Bye-Fellows in law.

The combined expertise of our Law Fellows allows us to provide undergraduate supervisions in each year of the Law Tripos, including in core subjects such as Tort Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and EU Law, and electives such as Comparative law, Company Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, and International Law. This provision of in-house teaching across all three years of the degree also helps your Director of Studies to support students in achieving their academic goals.

The College has an active student Law Society which organises a variety of events, such as mooting competitions, visits to the Supreme Court, get-togethers with Law students from other colleges at Formal Hall, social events such as welcome drinks and a garden party, and an annual Law Dinner with a guest speaker. Baroness Hale (the only female judge ever to sit as a judicial member of the House of Lords) is the Honorary President of the Murray Edwards College Law Society and generally attends the annual dinner in person.

Our students regularly gain distinction in their studies. In 2014-15, four Murray Edwards law students gained a first class classification in their year of study and speak highly of their experience.

"Murray Edwards provides a welcoming and supportive environment for your legal studies, allowing you to achieve your best in the Tripos without increasing the pressures of what can be a challenging subject.

Students at Murray Edwards are a friendly and approachable group, often socialising with other colleges and are involved in a range of different activities across the University.

Law society dinners allow you to speak informally with fellows and supervisors and reinforce the supportive atmosphere between the different ‘generations’ of law students at Murray Edwards. The impressive range of guest speakers at these events, including judges and Advocates-General to the CJEU, give you an insight into the different possibilities for your legal career after Cambridge. In addition, the Gateway programme and close links with alumnae also help provide guidance for the future.

The pastoral care at Murray Edwards is particularly notable, events organised by the JCR, yoga and mindfulness classes and tea breaks in the library help to de-stress and promote self-care, especially during the Easter term leading up to exams.

The atmosphere and the people in college are what make Murray Edwards truly unique, and ensure that students enjoy and get the most from studying law at Cambridge."  Hannah

Our academic Fellows are active in both teaching and research. 

  • Dr Sophie Turenne is a Senior College Lecturer in Law. Her research interests are judicial independence, comparative law (with a current focus on comparative constitutional law and civil liberties), European Union law and the European judicial systems, and legal theory.
  • Dr Marc Moore is a Reader in Corporate Law. His research interests are Company Law, Corporate Governance, Theory of the Firm, Law and Economics, Capital Markets, and Industrial Relations.
  • Professor John Spencer is a Professor Emeritus of Law and Bye-Fellow. His research interests are Criminal Procedure and Criminal Evidence, Comparative law, Criminal Law, Tort and Contract, and Medical Law.
  • Ms Odette Murray is a College Lecturer in Law. Her research interest is in International Law, in particular the law of international responsibility and international organisations.
  • Mr Nicolas Rennuy is a College Lecturer in Law. His research interests are EU free movement of persons, cross-border access to welfare benefits, EU citizenship, coordination of social security systems, private international law, and equality.

Applying to study here 

We look for students who are enthusiastic about their subject, motivated to learn more and have achieved highly in their examinations to date. We do not expect any particular knowledge of the law, and do not favour applicants studying Law at A-Level. 

The usual practice in Law is to give each candidate two "subject" interviews with Law Fellows. In at least one of the subject interviews, we will normally give you some kind of legal "exercise" to do, to be carried out orally in the interview. For example, it might be a hypothetical set of events, about which you might then be asked to think how the law might apply. More abstractly, you might also be expected to think of possible arguments both for and against a certain rule or policy and to argue which side you prefer.

We usually set standard/typical offers at A level or equivalent ie usually A*AA.  Full details of entry requirements and selection processes for Law across all colleges are available on the central University webpages.  These details include information about the at-interview Cambridge Law assessment.

Moving into your career 

Our students follow a wide range of careers when they leave: some will want to stay closely involved with their subject interest while others will be keen to apply the skills and attributes they have developed while studying here to a wide range of opportunities. Most of our graduates qualify as solicitors or barristers. This usually means working for a law firm or set of Chambers, but our graduate students also work in government, non-governmental organisations, or in industry. Some law graduates have chosen careers outside the legal profession, including banking and accountancy, the civil service, journalism and theatre production. There are also opportunities for postgraduate study in Law, whether at Cambridge or elsewhere. A network of alumnae is also there to help our students to make an informed choice about, in particular, entering the legal profession, either as a barrister or as a solicitor.

We support students in developing their skills and in exploring varied career options through our Murray Edwards Gateway Programme.

Find out more

Many students find it helpful to contact us by email or to visit us to find out more. You are welcome to do so.

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