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We look forward very much to welcoming students to our MCL programme in October 2020. Our current intention is that most the teaching for MCL modules will take place in-person. With other MCL-specific instruction, including the Deals course, teaching will be provided online with interactive elements retained to the fullest extent possible.

Teaching

MCL students take four modules, a Deals course and an LLM paper. Our current intention is that the majority of the teaching for modules and the Deals course will take place in-person. To the extent that this is not feasible, such teaching will be provided online with interactive elements retained to the fullest extent possible. In respect of the LLM papers that they take, the arrangements for MCL students will be the same as for LLM students. Those arrangements are set out on a separate page concerning the LLM programme. More detailed information regarding MCL teaching will be circulated by email to the 2020-21 MCL cohort by 15 August.

Library and resources

The Squire Law Library’s team is working to ensure that all the elements of library provision will be in place and ready for the new academic year. The Library responded to the challenges of the recent Covid-19 lockdown by placing a stronger emphasis on electronic services to allow students to access resources remotely and at their convenience. Our aim will be to continue with that approach by strengthening and re-balancing our resources as much as possible to take advantage of the many online options whilst retaining physical publications in the Squire – books, journals, law reports, etc – for those who prefer to use and work with the print copies. The Library and the Faculty are working closely together to ensure a safe re-opening of the physical library within the David Williams Building observing the social distancing rules and creating a safe and healthy environment for students who wish to visit and use the study areas and facilities across the three floors of the library.

Assessment

Provided that University approval has by then been obtained, the Faculty expects to be able to announce its assessment plans for 2020–21 by the beginning of Michaelmas Term. The Faculty has reviewed feedback from students and examiners on the 2019–20 online examinations and is now in the process of considering the most appropriate way of delivering assessment in 2020–21 with a view to adopting an assessment model that will be resilient in the face of potentially rapidly changing public health circumstances during the course of the academic year.  

Questions and concerns

If you have concerns about travel arrangements, or about increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, or disabilities impacted by COVID-19, please refer to the University’s advice on exceptional circumstances and its Covid-19-related information concerning disability and increased susceptibility to infectious diseases; if you have queries relating to such matters, please follow the contact routes set out on the relevant webpage. You may also find it useful to look at the University’s advice for prospective postgraduate students and offer holders. If you are an MCL offer-holder and have other queries relating to the MCL programme in 2020–21, please contact the Faculty by emailing covidMCL@law.cam.ac.uk.