Those beginning their careers in law are doing so in challenging and exciting times. The legal profession is taking on an increasingly global orientation as corporations accelerate cross-border operations. Regulators and academics are adjusting to a new environment where financial markets have grown exponentially in terms of both scale and complexity. Legal education is simultaneously being transformed as law schools around the world tailor their educational programmes to appeal to students eager to position themselves for a successful career in this challenging new environment.
The Cambridge Law Faculty took a major step in this direction with the launch of the Masters in Corporate Law (MCL) in 2012. The MCL provides an ideal platform for students seeking to gain the sort of sophisticated understanding of the interaction between markets, corporations and the law that they will need to address optimally the challenges posed by rapidly changing economic and legal parameters. Key reasons for undertaking the MCL include:
- Cambridge's reputation as a world-renowned centre of academic excellence
- the reputation of the MCL academic team as one of the strongest groups of corporate lawyers in the UK, Europe and beyond
- the MCL curriculum's purely corporate orientation
- the wider and more diverse range of corporate law courses offered on the MCL, compared to a typical Masters degree in law
- the small size of the MCL cohort (approximately 25 students per year), which creates opportunities for a classroom environment involving much more student participation and interaction than is possible in many leading Masters courses
- the fact that admission to the MCL is contingent upon excellent academic performance, meaning that students will be among a cohort of bright, motivated peers sharing similar interests
I look forward to greeting the MCL students for 2017-2018 and onwards, for the intellectually challenging and rewarding experience that this degree offers.
Marc Moore, Director of the MCL