- UCAS Code: M100 BA/Law
- Campus Code: 4
- Duration: 3 years
- Places per year: 6-8
A Law degree offers a rich and diverse path to understanding systems and relationships that govern the world around you.
The benefits of a three-year Law degree, over a one-year conversion course, are numerous. You will necessarily have an extended opportunity to develop the skills and understanding that any good lawyer needs. To this end, you will analyse a wide range of seminal legal cases in detail; you will wrestle with the intricate provisions of legislation; and you will grapple with the profound theoretical questions raised by each. Nevertheless, your concerns will not be exclusively or narrowly ‘legal’. A good university Law degree will afford you with a critical understanding of legal doctrine, and will expose you to complex and challenging questions relating to fields that span the full breadth of the social sciences. The law, and therefore any good Law student, must unavoidably address the fundamental political, economic, social and moral issues of our time.
Of equal importance, a Law degree provides you with an exceptional opportunity to develop a range of vital academic and practical skills of much wider value. You will learn to think critically and rigorously. You will learn how to express your views effectively both in writing and in oral discussion: clearly, precisely, concisely. You will learn how to persuade others of your point of view. You will develop a sharp analytical mindset which enables you sift large amounts of material in a short space of time.
A Law degree is challenging, but it is also rewarding. In addition, whilst a Law degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in legal practice, many Law students go on to a wide range of exciting careers outside of the law. Employers in all sectors value the skills that good Law graduates bring to the table.
Although our course (referred to elsewhere as LLB) is primarily concerned with English law, there are opportunities to study other legal systems, including civil (Roman) law, EU law and international law. You can also study theoretical and sociological aspects of law such as jurisprudence or parts of criminology.
The present Faculty of Law teaching staff has expertise across nearly every aspect of English law and its history, as well as European Union law, international law, civil law, legal philosophy and criminology.
In the course of your studies, you are also likely to learn things that you may not have imagined a Law degree might teach you: how someone might cheat at the card game, punto banco; how early 20th century manufacturers bottled ginger beer; how workers contract industrial diseases; how you might acquire a claim to land by squatting; how large companies abuse their market power; how the proceeds of fraud are laundered; and how our payment systems enable us to operate almost totally without cash. The law regulates and facilitates the full breadth of human activity and behaviour. In a Law degree, you will see it all.
How You Learn
For each subject, you attend lectures given by teaching members of the Faculty of Law. The typical number of lecture hours for each paper is 36 per year, mostly timetabled for the first two terms of each year, which equates to about 10-12 hours of lectures a week.
Supervisions – College-based, small group teaching – are usually given fortnightly in each paper: essays or problem questions may be set; questions may be brought to, or put by, the supervisor and, above all, intellectually interesting topics will be discussed.
With the exception of the Legal Skills and Methodology paper, for which you submit an extended essay, each paper is assessed by a written examination at the end of the year. In the third year, you have the option of substituting one paper for a dissertation.
The Faculty of Law building is located a short walk from the Trinity Hall and close to the University Library. It houses lecture theatres, seminar rooms and a moot court, as well as the comprehensive Squire Law Library, offering more than 180,000 volumes and excellent computing facilities.
Law at Trinity Hall
Trinity Hall prides itself on its legal tradition. The College was founded in 1350 by William Bateman, Bishop of Norwich, for the study of law. For over 650 years since then, the College’s Fellows and students have aspired to excellence in the law. Many of its students have gone on to very distinguished legal careers – as prominent practitioners, renowned judges, and leading academic lawyers.
Although Trinity Hall admits smaller numbers of undergraduate Law students than in earlier decades, we still take our role in legal education very seriously. The College’s Law Fellows remain dedicated to academic excellence in the study of law and are committed to fostering a friendly and supportive legal community in which all of our students, regardless of their backgrounds, can realise their potential – developing the skills and critical understanding they require for successful future careers.
The Jerwood Library at Trinity Hall has a well-stocked Law collection housed on its top floor, with wonderful views over the River Cam and The Backs. Trinity Hall also has a very active student-run Law Society which organises regular speaker events, annual mooting competitions and a variety of social events.
The generosity of Trinity Hall’s alumni enables us to offer numerous prizes for academic excellence in Law whilst at Trinity Hall, as well as exceptionally generous bursaries for high-performing Law students who enter the legal profession or intend to pursue a postgraduate degree.
Going beyond what you learn at school and engaging with super-curricular resources is a great way to develop your knowledge of your subject and demonstrate your passion at interview.
Watch this video of Dr Rachel Clement Tolley discussing reforming the criminal law for users of mobility aids to learn more about Law.
Typical Offer Conditions
41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
See the University’s Entrance Requirements page
All applicants for Law are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Full details on how to register for the LNAT can be found on the LNAT website. Please see the admissions assessments page on the University website for further details.
Current Trinity Hall Law undergraduates are drawn from a wide variety of social and educational backgrounds and we hope to continue to attract a similar variety of applicants. All we ask is an inordinate amount of enthusiasm and the fervent desire to excel. And to excel not only in Law, although that is the first priority; we also welcome applicants interested in reading another subject for a year or two before (usually) or after (less commonly) two years of Law. There are plenty of resources available online to support Law applicants; one of particular note is the HE+ website.
Applications from those interested in deferred entry are also welcomed.
Finally, Trinity Hall will support candidates who wish to apply to spend their third year studying at a European university (currently Poitiers, Regensburg, Utrecht or Madrid), although this option can only be pursued once actually studying Law at Cambridge.