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Postgraduate Study

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The Cambridge LLM (Master of Law) is a nine-month taught master's degree commencing at the beginning of October each year and finishing by the end of the following June.  The LLM, as a master's degree, is intended for those who wish to pursue further legal studies after completing their first degree in law, including those who are considering an academic career or intending to practise law.

LLM students take four courses of their choice from the list of available LLM course offerings.  In recent years, the number of LLM courses on offer has tended to be in the region of 30.  The advanced nature of the LLM programme is reflected in the fact that it is organised and taught separately from the undergraduate law degree at Cambridge.  All of the LLM courses are specifically tailored for the LLM programme.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, each course has been most commonly assessed by means of a three-hour written examination at the end of the LLM year, although students could elect to write a full dissertation in lieu of the written examination for one course (only), subject to prior formal approval of their dissertation topic.  In response to the pandemic, assessments have shifted to open-book, online examinations with a time and a word limit – and this basic approach has been applied for 2021-22 (where a 5h time limit and a 6000 word limit has been applied for each course).  In the context of the University-wide re-evaluation of the assessment process, the examination options on the LLM for 2022-23 onwards are currently being reconsidered.  It is likely that assessment options will be similar to the 2021-22 model, with details to become available at the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the LLM programme students can be expected to have greatly enhanced knowledge of their chosen subject areas, an increased ability to apply sophisticated and rigorous analytical techniques to primary and secondary legal materials, and a better facility in advancing robust evaluations of doctrinal, theoretical and policy arguments in the fields of their studies and more generally.


A number of students wish to pursue further advanced legal studies after completing the LLM.  Cambridge offers various research degrees.  Students wishing to continue their studies at Cambridge by undertaking a research degree in law should apply for their chosen course through the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office by the relevant deadline.

The Postgraduate Research page on the Faculty of Law website contains information about the options available.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day provides a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

The next Postgraduate Open Day will take place virtually on the University of Cambridge Virtual Tour platform and will run from 31 October until 13 November 2022.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Law

Faculty of Law

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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