Students undertake the Cambridge LLM for many reasons. Some want to experience another legal system, others to specialise in particular areas of law. All want intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of law. And all want to improve their career prospects, whether in practice, academia or government service. The Cambridge LLM offers all of these things. It is one of the most highly regarded LLM programmes in the world. It is rigorous and intellectually demanding. It is taught by some of the finest academics, and undertaken by students who are the best in their generation from both the UK and around the world.
If you come to study for the LLM you will be joining an elite group of students who go on to excel in their chosen profession, whether as leading practitioners, academics or judges. In difficult market conditions, employers value the knowledge and skills that a Cambridge LLM enhances. For those wanting to go on to careers in research, the Cambridge LLM provides an excellent foundation.
The Cambridge LLM is a one-year taught masters programme. Students are required to take four courses (or ‘papers‘) in total. The course offerings are sufficiently varied to enable students to pursue a wide range of interests. Some students elect to obtain a general LLM, choosing papers from various unrelated legal fields. Others choose to specialise in commercial, European, international or intellectual property law, taking at least three papers in one of these areas so as to receive a designation to their LLM indicating the specialism pursued. Those who opt to specialise, but want some breadth or variety, frequently take a paper outside their specialism alongside the three within it.
While many students know in advance which papers they would like to take, there is no obligation to commit before arrival. The Faculty runs a Subject forum in the first week of term where course convenors talk about their courses. Students are then permitted to attend various courses over the first week or so before deciding which suits them best.