MCL enrolment is restricted to no more than 25 students, meaning competition for places is intense. The normal minimum academic entry requirement for law graduates seeking admission to the Cambridge MCL is a top 5-10% ranking in their class. In a UK university this may equate to a First class degree. Extra weight may be given to the performance in courses related to corporate law. An applicant will normally have a law degree, but applicants qualified to practise law who have a degree in another subject are welcome to apply.
Students who are currently undertaking legal studies who will graduate soon can apply before completing their degree. Successful applicants in this category are likely to have academic conditions attached to their offer. If your offer is subject to academic conditions, to join the MCL in October 2019 the Graduate Admissions Office must receive final evidence of your having met the academic condition by 31 July 2019. If potentially relevant academic results only become available after that date, you cannot be admitted to the MCL course.
The MCL course is taught entirely in English and it is imperative that all students have a thorough command of the language. If you are not a national of a country on the Graduate Admissions Office's List A, or have not successfully completed a full bachelors degree in law within the last two years in a country on List A, you will need to take an IELTS or a TOEFL language proficiency test to show you have the necessary command of the language. Please note that the MCL's policy is not to accept an assessment by the University’s Language Centre in lieu of an IELTS or TOEFL test.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is Cambridge University’s preferred test. MCL applicants must achieve an IELTS minimum overall score of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the individual components of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Where the IELTS test is not available you may take the Princeton TOEFL test. The minimum acceptable overall score in the TOEFL test is 110, with a minimum of 25 in each of individual components of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Please note that applicants must obtain the required minimum scores for all of the individual test components and overall in the same sitting; we cannot accept multiple test results to meet the requirements.
Applicants for the 2019-2020 MCL course should aim to provide satisfactory language test scores by the MCL application deadline of 3 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, and at the very latest by 15 March 2019. Applicants who do not provide a satisfactory test score by 15 March will be at a considerable disadvantage compared to those who adhere to the deadline.