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.
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.
|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 a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. 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.
If you have an interest in studying Law, then do not hesitate: we are interested in you. Why not come to one of our Open Days to find out more about the course and Law at Trinity Hall?