Law has been studied and taught in Cambridge since the thirteenth century, when the core subjects of legal study in all European universities were Civil law (the law of ancient Rome) and the Canon law of the Church. The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the worldclass original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges. Today, the Faculty has more than seventy teaching staff, around 700 undergraduate students, 150 LL.M. students and 100 graduate research students.
The new Law Faculty building in West Road brings together on one site the Squire Law Library, the Faculty's lecture and seminar rooms, the administrative offices, and common-room facilities.
Five degrees are available in Law, the B.A., LL.M., M.Litt., Ph.D. and LL.D. There are, in addition, the M.Phil. in Criminology, the M.Phil. in Criminological Research, the Diploma in Legal Studies, and the Diploma in International Law.
The B.A. Degree
At Cambridge all first-degree courses, in whatever subject, lead to the B.A. Degree with Honours. In order to qualify for this degree, an undergraduate must pass two'Tripos' examinations. These do not have to be in the same subject, and it is therefore possible to read a combination of two different subjects, taking them separately and in sequence; at present about 50 students every year change to law from other subjects.
The LL.M. Degree
This degree is awarded to successful candidates in the LL.M. examination which is taken at the end of a one-year taught course. It consists of four papers assessed generally by means of written examination and essay. The minimum entry requirement for the LL.M. is normally a First Class degree in law from a UK University, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
The University offers two one ear research courses which lead to either the Diploma in Legal Studies or the Diploma in International Law, depending on the nature of the topic of research.
The University offers two research degrees in Law: the M.litt. or the Ph.D. Candidates are registered, in the first instance, for the Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Legal Studies and, at the end of the first year, are required to submit three items for a progress review: the personal progress log, a 15,000 word dissertation, and a short explanation of the proposed topic of Ph.D. or M.litt. research.
The LL.D. is awarded to established scholars who have given "proof of distinction by some original contribution to the advancement of the science or study of law", almost invariably in the form of published works.
Squire Law Library
The Squire Law Library is located on the top three floors of the Lord Foster-designed Law Faculty building on the University's Sidgwick Site. The Library maintains one of the largest legal collections (both printed and electronic) in the United Kingdom. It plays a central role in supporting the research and teaching aims of the Cambridge Law Faculty and in sustaining the Faculty's international reputation as a centre of excellence in legal studies. The Squire serves law undergraduate students as well as advanced researchers and welcomes visiting scholars from all over the world.
The Faculty houses a number of research centres with particular specializations: The Institute of Criminology, The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, The Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS), Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL), Centre for Public Law, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, The Centre for Business Research, The Centre for Tax Law, The Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy, The Cambridge Transitional Justice Research Network, Cambridge Socio-Legal Group.
The Computer Office is here to help support Faculty staff and students with their IT requirements. The Faculty currently has around 40 computer terminals available for use by students and staff in the Library areas, some of which have dedicated functions (such as Email access only) but the majority of which are generalpurpose machines. In addition, there are 24 machines in the Freshfields Computer Teaching Room, where computer-based teaching is carried out, the machines being available for general use at other times. These computers form part of the University Managed Cluster Service, the main advantage of this being centralized file storage and familiarity when working on other PWF workstations.
The Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
10 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DZ
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