Lucy Cavendish aims to admit at least seven undergraduates in Law each year, and others transfer into the course for Part 1B. We also currently have fourteen LLM and MCL students, together with a number of research Lawyers and Criminologists, making for a large, diverse and supportive subject community in college. There is a flourishing Law Society.

The BA in Law focuses on English law, but also provides opportunities for the study of other legal systems, as well as the theoretical and sociological aspects of law. Students who pass the seven 'foundation' subjects may proceed directly to vocational training courses leading to the final professional examinations for barristers and solicitors. The two-year affiliate version of the course is recognised as a Senior Status Law Degree.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit the Cambridge Law Test (CLT) in Cambridge on the day of their interviews. The CLT is sixty minutes in length. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.

Director of Studies

Dr Sean Butler

Sean studied Law at Oxford (St Edmund Hall) and the LSE, London, as well as Genetics at Cambridge (CPGS) before taking his PhD in social science at Imperial College, London. His field of research is technology-based start-ups, in particular businesses based on academic research. For many years he has worked for Centres of the CGIAR, a group of research-based NGOs supporting smallholder farmers in developing countries. He teaches Roman Law and Animal Rights Law.

Ms Emily Gordon

Emily grew up in Perth, Australia, and completed her LLB and BA (History) at the University of Western Australia. After graduating, she was Associate to Justice Gilmour in the Federal Court of Australia, before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge for the LLM and then PhD. This academic year, as well as joining Lucy Cavendish as a CTA in Law (assisting Dr Sean Butler as Director of Studies), Emily will be completing the final year of her PhD research, which concerns the law of tort in nineteenth and early twentieth-century England.


Student Profiles

Radha began studying Law at the ILS Law College, Pune, before deciding that she needed the rigour of a Cambridge degree in order to fulfil her more

Dana came to Cambridge with the Bagrut, having previously lived in Ecuador, where she taught English to primary school more

Jade was originally home schooled, but prepared for university with an Access to HE Diploma at Kensington and Chelsea College and a legal research internship in Lincoln's more

Jen majored in English at the City University of New York, volunteered in Sierra Leone and worked as a paralegal prior to her arrival in Cambridge as an affiliated more