The University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge, which came into existence in the thirteenth century, combines a distinguished history with a vibrant, forward-looking educational and research mission. In 2019, Cambridge, which has research departments and teaching faculties in most academic disciplines, was ranked third in the world for Law by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings.

Distinguished Cambridge University alumni include Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Samuel Pepys, J M Keynes and more recently Salman Rushdie, John Cleese, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking. Affiliates of the University have won more Nobel Prizes than those of any other institution in the world.

The University prescribes minimum requirements for student admissions and lays down regulations for residence and study and provides lectures and seminars.  The University additionally conducts examinations, confers degrees, and is generally responsible for maintaining the principal libraries, laboratories and museums affiliated with the University. It is also an employer of most (but not all) of the academic staff at Cambridge.

Cambridge University’s numerous architecturally distinguished ancient and modern buildings do much to shape the attractive look and 'feel' of the city of Cambridge, a popular tourist destination. The University is closely linked with the 'Silicon Fen' development, a prominent high-tech business cluster in and around Cambridge. Cambridge has excellent transport links to London and, in particular, London’s financial district, known as 'the City'. Numerous lawyers in 'City' law firms live in Cambridge and commute to London.


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