Admissions criteria

Academic Requirements

Trinity StudentsThe normal minimum academic entry requirement for the Cambridge LLM is a First class degree in law from a UK university or its equivalent from an overseas institution. For overseas students this means you will typically have been placed in the top 5-10% of your class. Students may apply before they have completed their first degree in law, but successful applicants in this category will usually have academic conditions attached to their offer.

The Cambridge LLM Admissions Committee will consider applications from those whose first degree is not in Law provided they have substantial relevant professional legal experience or have obtained a professional legal qualification with the equivalent of a First Class result. However, a first degree in Law is the preferred preparation for the Cambridge LLM.

Finally, the LLM Admissions Committee will not normally offer a place on the Cambridge LLM to an applicant who already holds or is currently studying for an LLM from another UK institution. Exceptions are occasionally granted, however, where the applicant proposes to use the Cambridge LLM to change the direction or focus of their studies.

Language Requirements

Before your application can be considered, you must demonstrate that you have the necessary command of English to participate fully in the Cambridge LLM. A high degree of English language proficiency is critical to studying law at this level. Note that the Faculty of Law's policy on both timing and proof of language proficiency differs from general university policy (as stated on the GAO website and the graduate application form).

Who needs to provide proof of language proficiency: The Faculty of Law follows university policy in identifying which candidates are required to provide proof of language proficiency. These rules are stated on the GAO website.  In brief, the Faculty requires proof of proficiency from all those applicants whom the GAO identifies as coming from List B and List C countries, subject only to the exceptions that are formally incorporated into the GAO's policy.

Proof of proficiency: The Faculty of Law's language requirements are higher than those required generally by the GAO. We do not accept an assessment by the University's Language Centre in lieu of either the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) tests for any category of applicant required to demonstrate language proficiency. Instead, all those who are required to demonstrate language proficiency must meet the same test. The IELTS is the university's preferred test. Where the IELTS test is not available, you may take the Princeton TOEFL test. For all law courses, including the LLM, the IELTS minimum overall score is 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in the reading, writing, listening and speaking components. For the TOEFL, the minimum score is 108 overall, with a minimum of 25 in each individual component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Timing: Where language proficiency must be demonstrated, the Faculty requires language test results to be received on or before the application deadline, and will not consider incomplete applications lacking this element of the necessary supporting documentation.

Financial requirements

You do not need to provide evidence of your financial position when you apply for the Cambridge LLM (unless you wish to be considered by the Cambridge Trusts for funding), but you should note that all offers of a place on the Cambridge LLM are subject to a finance condition. To meet your finance condition, you will need to submit a Financial Undertaking Form to GAO by 31 July 2014. This Form provides evidence to the University that you can cover the cost of your fees and living expenses whilst studying at Cambridge. You should provide this evidence as soon as you can, but in any event no later than 31 July 2014.

Please see the GAO 'fees and funding' web pages for details of the composition (tuition) fees and college fees, and for estimated living costs in Cambridge. This section of the GAO website also provides detailed information about sources of funding, including the GradFund online database of scholarships, studentships and bursaries. You can use this search facility to find sources of funding (some of which are provided by Colleges) for which you are eligible to apply.

Accepting conditional offers of a place on the Cambridge LLM.

If your application is successful, your offer of a place will inevitably be subject to finance and college conditions and may also be subject to academic conditions (see If you receive an off of a place on the Cambridge LLM). The Graduate Admissions Office (GAO) must receive formal evidence of your having met the conditions by the end of July 2014 in order for you to join the LLM in October 2014 (although it is in your own interests to provide the evidence that you have met all of your conditions as soon as you can). If evidence is not available by the required date, your conditional offer will lapse.