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Cambridge Societies at the Inns of Court

students at the Cambridge Law FacultyThree of the four Inns of Court have a Cambridge society, formed in order to keep junior and senior members of the University in touch with the practising Bar and judiciary. The Senior Treasurers and other contacts are:

  • Gray's Inn: TBC
  • Lincoln's Inn: Professor David Feldman
  • Middle Temple: Mr John Hopkins and Professor Neil Andrews

Cambridge University Law Society

The University Law Society is open to all members of the University, and especially to all law students and those intending to pursue a legal career. The Society, whose principal officers are themselves law students, offers a wide variety of opportunities to its members, from both an academic and social view point. Its extensive speakers programme welcomes renowned legal and political figures, and it hosts numerous solicitor and barrister careers events so that students can meet members of the legal profession informally. The Society also publishes a termly magazine, Per Incuriam, which offers student writing and topical articles by leading professionals.

Members of the University Law Society have the opportunity to participate in foreign exchanges to learn more about the law in other countries. The society also organises several moots, which are imaginary cases designed to provide practice in advocacy on points of law. There are annual mooting competitions held at all levels, both for individuals and colleges, and for law students and non-law students. The Society also holds mooting competitions with other universities and enters teams into national and international moots.

Further information is available at the CULS website.

  • President: Lucia Azzi

Graduate Law Society

The Graduate Law Society is open to all graduate students reading for postgraduate degrees in law. It holds regular social evenings, invites visiting speakers to address its members, organises an annual trip to the London Law Courts, and generally provides a valuable forum for the graduate students in the Faculty.

  • Senior Treasurer: Dr PJ Rogerson

College Law Societies

Most colleges also have their own law societies.

Cambridge Society for Law and Governance in the New Economy

The New Economy refers to the transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, capitalising on the use of innovative technology and driving economic growth. Within this shift, FinTech is challenging existing financial systems and institutions, blockchain is drastically changing transaction processing, big data is driving business growth, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications are growing exponentially.

These new technologies present both opportunities and challenges to the future of finance and existing business models, while raising broader questions regarding social inclusiveness and corporate governance. This transition is disrupting existing institutions and companies to an unprecedented degree, across industries and jurisdictions, while posing new legal uncertainties and regulatory challenges at an increasing rate.

The Cambridge Society for Law and Governance in the New Economy aims to promote interdisciplinary events involving academics, industry, government, graduate students and civil society in order to create a research agenda regarding the most pressing issues emerging within the New Economy, such as FinTech, innovation, and AI.

The inaugural talk of the Cambridge Society for Law and Governance in the New Economy delivered by Professor Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell on 'A Comparative Analysis of Crowdfunding Rules in the EU and U.S.' is available to stream or download from the University Streaming Media Service.

For more information regarding upcoming events, the current research agenda, or to get involved with the committee, please contact Jenifer Varzaly: jav36@cam.ac.uk or Pablo M. Baquero: pmb52@cam.ac.uk.

Cambridge Pro Bono Project

The Cambridge Pro Bono Project has been established within the Faculty to provide postgraduate students with opportunities to engage with the law in a practical way, and to develop the skills and values central to the provision of pro bono legal work.

For further information, or to express an interest in becoming involved with the CPP, please see the Cambridge Pro Bono Project section.

Cambridge University Students' Pro Bono Society

The Cambridge University Students' Pro Bono Society is a student-run pro bono initiative, providing opportunities for second and third year law students to undertake voluntary work in the legal sphere. Projects range from social policy research work with the Citizens' Advice Bureau to undertaking work on behalf of the Cambridgeshire Youth Offending Team under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Further information is available from the Facebook page.

The Cambridge University Society for Women Lawyers

The Cambridge University Society for Women Lawyers aims to provide a law society which is a forum for all – law students and non-law students – who want the chance to make their voices heard in the changing legal profession. CUSWL organises workshops to help students perfect necessary skills such as interviewing and writing a c.v. It also provides opportunities to meet representatives from the bar and major city law firms, as well as opportunities to enjoy purely social occasions! Members are mostly (but not exclusively) women. If anyone wishes to participate in the Society please contact the Senior Treasurer.  The Society has an active Facebook page, and publishes via Twitter.

  • Senior Treasurer: Dr PJ Rogerson