Director of Studies: Dr Sean Butler

Course Overview

Each year St Edmund’s accepts many new affiliated and mature undergraduates as well as LLM graduates. Students have to be 21 or over, most are in their 20s or early 30s, and come from a wide range of countries; many are from the UK/ EU and the rest from the Americas, Asia and Africa

Students are overseen by Dr Sean Butler who is Director of Studies and supervises Civil Law, and by Miss Catherine Dobson who is a barrister and also teaches Constitutional Law. The other undergraduate subjects are supervised by Fellows at other Cambridge Colleges, while graduate subjects are delivered by lectures offered in the Law Faculty.

We have an active and friendly College Law Society which invites speakers six to eight times each year, as well as training students for mooting; there is also an annual Christmas Lunch and Summer Party for Law students.

St Edmund’s maintains strong links with former students, including an annual Law Event for current and former Law students.

Please click below to see the Law Admissions Video

The video is available in different formats.

There is further information about the course on the University and Faculty webpages.

Entry Requirements

Applications from mature students taking A levels or Access courses are welcome. There are no specific entry requirements for students looking to study Law as a first degree.

We would normally expect candidates hoping to read Law as a second degree to hold a first-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant academic subject, although those with a very strong upper-second class degree combined with a subsequent distinction level performance in a Masters’ degree may be considered. Work experience in a relevant area is welcomed, but not essential.

At-Interview Assessment

All applicants for the Law Tripos at St Edmund’s will be required to take the Cambridge Law Test at interview.  Further information about this will be provided.

Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

All students who apply, or are allocated, to St Edmund’s will be interviewed by the college if selected. This will be in addition to any interviews conducted by the Overseas interview scheme.

The reason I chose St Edmund’s is because I wanted a college which had a large international student base and which was relatively small. It is for all of these reasons that I have found St Edmund’s to be the perfect environment to study law. What is so endearing about Eddies is that the majority of students who come here have studied before. Therefore, particularily in the area of law, a law degree is the icing on the cake and the pressure to have perfect marks subsides and you have the time to engage in so many other aspects of University life. St Edmund’s might not have the prestige that comes with the larger colleges but it does have a laid back atmosphere, a friendly student body and an ample choice of the co-curricular. It is precisely because the college is small that mature students are allowed a larger role to play in the deicisons affecting them. The Fellowship at Eddies do care about the students, not just about them getting firsts. I think these merits are what makes a place at Eddies covoted, in truth, Eddies is cambridge’s best kept secret.

Catrina Denvir
First year undergraduate student from Australia


St Edmund’s adopts a work-hard play-hard mentality. The terms are rigorous but there is a multitude of social activity. In addition to the traditional Boat Club and College bar, St. Edmund’s is very proud to have a highly active Law Society and newly-founded Mooting Society. The Law Society organizes several guest dinners each term, giving students an opportunity to meet with esteemed members of the legal profession. There are also alumni events arranged at the beginning and end of each academic year, as well an annual Christmas Lunch and Summer Party. These events are always memorable and have also fostered relationships leading to full-time employment post- graduation.

The College you choose at Cambridge will be one of the most important decisions of your academic career. If you feel comfortable in a cosmopolitan and challenging, yet fun and supportive environment, then St. Edmund’s might be for you. Best of luck!

Sheila Agnani
Final year undergraduate student from Hong Kong