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BA Law

The Cambridge Law Test

**COVID-19 Update: due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the Faculty of Law will provide the Cambridge Law Test for applicants for 2022 entry without requiring them to come to Cambridge. The Cambridge Law Test will take place online prior to interviews in December, likely at the end of November. Specific details, including assessment dates and instructions regarding how to access the CLT, will be sent to all those invited for interview by the College interviewing them. We assure applicants, parents, and teachers that while the format may differ from the CLT offered in previous years, our criteria of assessment and guidance for preparation will remain unchanged.**

The Cambridge Law Test (CLT) is intended to complement the other elements of our admissions process. Your performance in the test alone will not determine your admissions decision, but will simply provide a further piece of information to help us assess your academic potential.


There is no single correct answer and your own response to this question might look very different from mine Dominic de Cogan, Law Lecturer

If you are called for an interview, you will sit the CLT while in Cambridge for your interview. You do not need to pre-register or pay any registration fee. The college that has invited you to interview will make the necessary arrangements and will let you know what they are.


You will have one hour to answer one essay-based question. The questions will not require that you have any prior knowledge of the law. Although the test will ask you to consider legal ideas, admissions tutors will be looking to assess your critical reading and writing skills, not your current knowledge of law.

The test is a paper-based test; it will not involve the use of a computer, except for applicants with a relevant disability.

Sample tests, as well as some information on the qualities we will be looking for in applicants' answers, are available to download.

International Applicants

It will be possible to sit the CLT at our overseas interview centres. If you are offered an overseas interview, you will receive more information about the test from the college that is handling your application.

Mature applicants

If you will be over 21 when you start at university, and are applying to one of Cambridge’s mature colleges, contact the college you have applied to for further information on their procedures.

Other Testing

The University of Cambridge does not currently require scores for other Law tests, including the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), when evaluating applications to the BA in Law.