Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a law degree to apply for the MCL?

In most cases, yes. Please see Criteria for more information.

What grades do I need to have to be offered a place on the MCL?

See Criteria.

Can I apply for the MCL if I have not yet completed my first degree in law?

Yes. Note, though, that the MCL Admissions Committee can only consider your application on the basis of grades provided at the time you applied. As a result, if an unsuccessful applicant currently engaging in academic study subsequently receives excellent results, they should apply again in the following year rather than expecting any change in the decision made. It is likely that successful applicants who have not yet completed their first degree in law will be asked to fulfil academic conditions concerning the completion of their studies.

Can I take the MCL if I am from a civil law country rather than a common law country?

Yes. Those from a civil law background take the same course as those from a common law background. Civil law students will need to do extra work to familiarise themselves with the case law method and other attributes of the common law system.

Can I apply for the MCL if English is not my first language?

Yes. If you are not from a country on the Graduate Admissions Office's List A you will need to pass a language test demonstrating proficiency in English.

Do you accept applications from students who already have an LLM?

Yes, but applicants who have done an LLM at Cambridge cannot re-take any of the papers they took while studying for the LLM.

Can I apply for the MCL and another course at Cambridge for the same year of entry?

Yes, but you must make a separate application for each course. If offers of admission are made for more than one of these courses, you will have to choose which course place to accept – you cannot study the MCL and another course concurrently. Your election is irrevocable.

Can I take the MCL on a part-time or distance learning basis?

No. The MCL is a full-time degree programme and students are required to be resident in Cambridge throughout.

How long is the MCL and what are the term dates?

The course starts in the first week of October and finishes at the end of the following June. The term dates are available on the University website.

How do I apply?

See the How to Apply page.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 15 January of the calendar year in which you wish to start the MCL.

Once I have applied, when I can expect to find out if I have been offered a place?

By 30 April of the calendar year in which you wish to start the MCL.

If I take the MCL, can I be sure I will be able to get a place at the college I would like to attend?

Unfortunately no, but you can express a preference.

Will I find out which college I will be affiliated with before the deadline expires for payment of the reservation fee?

It is highly unlikely, given that your file will only be circulated to colleges for membership consideration once your MCL offer has been set by the Graduate Admissions Office.

If I receive an offer subject to academic or language conditions and fail to meet these conditions, is it possible to obtain a waiver?

It is unlikely. Should you wish to enquire further, please contact mcl@law.cam.ac.uk.

I have received an offer of an MCL place and would like to attend Cambridge but cannot take the place up for the year for which I initially applied. Is it possible to defer?

No. In line with general University policy, deferred entry will not be possible for the MCL due to the limited number of places available each year.

I have checked the website thoroughly, together with supporting documentation, but I have a question to which I cannot find the answer. Is there anyone I can contact?

Yes. Please contact mcl@law.cam.ac.uk.

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