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Examination timetable and special examination arrangements

Candidates' attention is drawn to the following statement of policy from this document published by the Board of Examinations, Special Examination Arrangements: Notes for Guidance for Staff and Students.

1.1 The Cambridge Tripos is examined predominantly by formal 3 hour examinations. Saturdays and Bank Holidays are considered to be normal examination days. A student may have up to two examinations per day(s). This is standard and is not in itself grounds for special examination arrangements.

Once published, the examination timetable is available online.

Permitted materials

Students must comply strictly with the regulations set out in the Form and Conduct Notices (for Tripos, LLM and MCL), which you should read carefully (in the Official Faculty Documents section of the Faculty of Law website).

  • If you bring a permitted dictionary to an examination, this should be placed on the desk with your statutes/other materials for inspection by the Examiners/Invigilators;
  • In particular, for all closed book examinations, permitted materials must contain no highlighting, annotations or markings (other than the candidate's name and college on the first page); no tabs; no folded pages;
  • In case of a failure to comply with requirements of the relevant Conduct Notice, the offending materials will be confiscated and no replacement provided. Candidates must bring their own copies of permitted materials to the exam; spare copies will not be available should any candidate forget to bring his/her own copy;
  • Please make sure that your statutes books (or other permitted materials) are (1) an approved edition; and (2) pristine;
  • In the case of materials provided by the Faculty, candidates MUST collect these in advance of the exam. No copies will be provided during the exam should a candidate fail to bring a copy with him/her.

Open book examinations (LLM and MCL students only)

Candidates will be permitted to use the following in all open book examinations:

  1. Any materials supplied to the class by the lecturers.
  2. Any materials prepared by the candidates themselves, including photocopied materials not in breach of copyright. This includes photocopies and printouts of the following:
    • statutes and other primary legal instruments (treaties, decisions, etc)
    • cases
    • articles
    • book sections comprising no more than 5% of books, or one entire chapter, whichever is the greater.
  3. Any monolingual or bilingual dictionary (except electronic dictionaries and specialised legal dictionaries).
  4. Other materials and statute books as listed below. Candidates are forbidden to take into any examination any other books.

For clarification, there are no restrictions on the marking of statute books or other materials in open book exams.

Please check the Form and Conduct document for details of which papers are open book and closed book exams.

Examination entries and withdrawing from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from an exam, or are unable to attend an exam due to illness etc at short notice, you must inform your College Tutorial Office immediately.

Arrival at the examination venue

It is important that you arrive at the exam room in good time before the start of each exam; late arrivals cause stress and disturbance to other candidates. (students should note carefully the information under 'Reading Time' below.)

Items that can be taken into the examination room

NB: your exam confirmation sheet is the definitive source of these University rules.

You should take with you into the exam room:

  • your Examination Entry Confirmation Form and University Student ID Card: remember to bring (i) your examination entry confirmation form (delivered to you in your College), which gives your examination candidate number, and (ii) your University student ID card, to all exams. Make sure to read, and comply with, the "important notices" on the back of the exam entry confirmation form;
  • your candidate number: you will need to write this on the coversheet of each paper in place of your name and will also need it to find your desk in the exam room;
  • your own pens and any other officially approved materials (e.g. statute book — see under 'Permitted Materials' above);
  • You are permitted to take a small screw-top bottle of water into the exam room, but are not normally allowed any other items of food or drink. You should not take your mobile phone into the exam.

It is very important that you follow the instructions at the top of the exam paper scrupulously and comply with any instructions given by the Invigilators.

Length of written examinations and reading time

The length of written examination (including Reading Time where relevant and unless otherwise announced) in the Tripos, LLM and MCL are as follows:

  • Tripos Full Papers: Three hour examination plus 10 minutes' reading time before the start of the examination.
  • Tripos Half-Papers in Part II: Two hour examination plus 10 minutes' reading time before the start of the examination.
  • LLM Papers: Three hour examination plus 10 minutes' reading time before the start of the examination.
  • LLM Papers with Extended Essay in Lieu of One Question: Two hour examination plus 10 minutes’ reading time before the start of the examination.
  • MCL Module Papers: Two hour examination.
  • MCL "borrowed" LLM Paper: Three hour examination plus 10 minutes’ reading time before the start of the examination.

Please note that students should present themselves at the exam room at least 20 minutes before the advertised start time of each paper.

Writing legibly and use of black ink

Candidates are expected to write legibly in their examination scripts. To maximise legibility and facilitate photocopying of scripts, candidates are strongly advised to write in black ink. You should bring extra pens to the exam in case your pen runs out of ink.

Ban on removing paper from the examination rooms

You must not remove ANY paper (most particularly your exam script) from the exam rooms. The accidental removal of scripts can have extremely serious repercussions for the student concerned.

Examination marking, classification, data access and review

Details of the Faculty's marking criteria and classing conventions are available to download:

The Faculty also makes the following guidance available:

Please note that if you wish to request the data for purposes of a 'review', it is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your request by no later than two weeks after the publication of the class-list. We will endeavour to reply with copies of the information within a two-week period after that deadline.

You can apply for access to your examination scripts under the Faculty's data access policy via the University's eSales site.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Examinations Secretary, Dr Stelios Tofaris ( or Mrs Sarah Smith ( in the Faculty Office.