Law is a highly competitive career and academic success is vital. Clare lawyers have a record of truly outstanding results, in recent years 75% of our students have graduated with First Class Honours, and all of our students have graduated with a Starred First, First or an Upper Second Class degree. On numerous occasions a Clare law student has ranked top of the university class list. Our students have also received a vast array of university and college prizes.


Number of students per year
Typical offer

The minimum offer is A*AA at A-level, or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) from Higher Level subjects in the IB. For other qualifications, please see the University entrance requirements page.


Essential subjects

There are no specific subject requirements.

Useful subjects

The department suggests taking at least one-essay based subject at A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent.

Law at Clare

All our students are members of the Clare Law Society which organises a wide variety of events throughout the academic year including termly law dinners with members of the profession.

We are perhaps the only College to benefit from two specialist law libraries. The Turpin and the Lipstein reading rooms offer a wealth of resources and an environment for both quiet study and lively debates.

Following graduation a significant number of our students have been successful in obtaining highly competitive scholarships for postgraduate programmes at leading institutions in the UK and in the United States. Perhaps a testament to the academic community at Clare is that many of our students elect to remain with us for the LLM programme.

Beyond Clare our law students are at the forefront of the legal profession and can be found at most leading law firms and chambers. Our alumni retain close links with the College and regularly participate in Clare events with our current students

Visit the University's subject page for more information.


Professor Kirsty Hughes

Dr Kirsty Hughes lectures and supervises students in Human Rights Law, Public Law, Law and Information and Constitutional Law. She is particularly interested in human rights law and theory, the human rights of migrants, privacy, protest and hate speech. Dr Hughes is the convenor of the Cambridge Human Rights mooting team, the Cambridge Human Rights Film Series and the Law and Race reading group.

Director of Studies in Law
Alpa Parmar

Dr Alpa Parmar specialises in race and criminal justice and her research focuses on the intersection between criminal law, race, and migration control. Her empirical work has explored the impacts of police involvement in migration control, the operation of immigration tribunals for foreign national people involved in the criminal justice system and the uneven consequences of these processes for racial minorities. Theoretically, Alpa is interested in the potential for criminal justice encounters to influence and shape experiences of racism, citizenship, belonging and nationality. She has also conducted life history research with young people belonging to minority ethnic groups who have become entangled with the criminal justice system. Alpa is currently working on a project that examines the relationship between guilty pleas and race.