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Postgraduate Admissions

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Law is no longer accepting new applications.

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 had 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 24-hour take-home examinations with a word limit – and this basic approach is likely to be applied for 2021-22.  In the context of University-wide re-evaluation of the assessment process, the examination options on the LLM for 2022-23 onwards are currently being re-considered.  It is likely that assessment options will generally become more flexible, with details to be determined in the course of the 2021-22 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 usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s 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.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Law

Faculty of Law

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Dec. 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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