LLM Comparison

The LLM, like the MCL, is a full-time lecture-oriented Masters programme offered by Cambridge's Faculty of Law. Potential MCL applicants may well be considering applying to the LLM, widely recognised as a pre-eminent programme of its kind. The Law Faculty welcomes simultaneous applications to both courses, though those offered a place on both courses must make an irrevocable election to take up an offer on one or the other.

Factors that will determine whether potential students apply for admission to the MCL, the LLM or both will vary according to the individual, so a careful perusal of this website and the LLM’s website is advised before final decisions are reached. Nevertheless, key similarities and differences between the MCL and LLM can be identified. 

Key similarities:

  • The MCL and the LLM are both full-time nine-month Masters degree programmes primarily oriented around lecture courses and seminars evaluated by written examination.
  • Students undertaking each programme will be a member of a college.
  • Both programmes have high admissions standards.
  • The curriculum for both programmes is comprised of courses designed specifically for graduate students.

Key differences:

  • The MCL focuses exclusively on corporate-related issues, providing an excellent academic platform for fledgling corporate lawyers.
  • The MCL cohort is smaller than that of the LLM (approximately 25 vs. approximately 175).
  • A Deals Course that combines practical and academic insights in a transactional setting is offered to MCL students only.
  • MCL students take four one-term MCL-exclusive modules in addition to two full-year courses, meaning that MCL students will study six subjects rather than four while having the same overall course load as LLM students.
  • With modules being taught and examined within the same term, MCL students, unlike LLM students, are given exam performance feedback prior to the LLM exam period in Easter Term.

Mark Smith to join MCL teaching team in 2018-19

Mark Smith will be joining the programme in the 2018-19 academic year, as co-instructor for the Law Firm as a Business module alongside Tim Bellis. Read more

MCL student-alumni buddy scheme launched

This year the Faculty has launched a new scheme which pairs each MCL student with a suitable 'buddy' from our international alumni network. Read more

2018-19 MCL African-Asian Bursary

The Faculty is delighted to announce the MCL African-Asian Bursary will again be on offer for the potential benefit of African and Asian applicants. Read more

MCL Student Profiles

Read about some of the MCL graduates and their experiences of studying at Cambridge. Read more

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