Changing Legal World

The Cambridge Law Faculty, when it launched the MCL in 2012, was motivated in part by rapid changes to the legal world. These continue today. The legal environment in which business is conducted has been transformed over recent decades, with corporate-oriented legal practice having been revolutionised in the process. Corporate transactions have grown markedly in scope, value and complexity. This has created intense demand for highly trained and skilled corporate lawyers. Legal practitioners who have a thorough command of the law and market practice are particularly sought after.

The changes that the legal world has undergone have fostered demand for high-quality postgraduate legal education with a strong corporate emphasis. Both those just concluding a degree in law and those who have already embarked upon a legal career can maximise their potential as business lawyers by continuing their legal education with corporate-oriented studies at Masters level.

The transformation of corporate-oriented legal practice has occurred in the broader context of rapid changes to the market environment and regulatory context in which companies operate. These trends have energised theoretical debates underpinning the functioning and regulation of corporations. As a result, for those pursuing legal studies as an academic endeavour as much as a means for professional advancement, a corporate-specific Masters degree will provide an exciting intellectual challenge.


Slaughter and May kindly host two MCL events in February at their London office. Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills Bursaries 2020-21

Herbert Smith Freehills to offer two MCL bursaries for 2020-21. Read more

Postgraduate Open Day MCL presentation

Professor Brian Cheffins, Director of the MCL, gives an overview of the MCL programme. Read more

Travers Smith MCL Bursary Awarded to Maria Markou

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 MCL Travers Smith Bursary has been awarded to Maria Markou. Read more

MCL Student Profiles

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

New additions to MCL teaching team

The MCL Director is delighted to announce the recent appointments to the Faculty of Bobby Reddy and Ann Sofie Cloots. Read more