Law is essentially about how society is organised, and how society ought to be organised. It is a subject of contrasts, looking at liberty and control, mercy and punishment, and, ultimately, right and wrong. In a way, studying law is like studying the best bits of philosophy and various social science subjects, like politics or sociology.

The diverse subject areas covered in studying law as a degree is reflected in the first year papers: Constitutional Law, Tort Law, Civil Law I and Criminal Law. For example, Constitutional overlaps with politics and Civil, the law of the ancient Romans, is great if you like history. Cambridge’s course structure is fairly traditional, but the variety of optional papers, seminars and research papers for second and third years increases every year. A recent addition is the new half-paper in environmental law.

Finally, Cambridge’s law faculty is particularly well-known for Public Law and International Law.