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Monday, 30 May 2022

The Cambridge Law FacultyThe Faculty of Law is delighted to announce a transformational programme of investment in postgraduate teaching that will also bring benefits to its undergraduate and doctoral degree programmes and to its research capacity.

The Faculty already offers world-leading taught postgraduate degrees in the form of our flagship Master of Law (LLM) and our specialised Masters of Corporate Law (MCL) programmes. The investment that is being announced today will enable the Faculty to strengthen these outstanding degree programmes further - by increasing the level of senior academic input into the small-group teaching from which LLM students benefit and by expanding the range of papers that we are able to offer to our postgraduate students. In these ways, we intend to ensure that Cambridge remains at the forefront of postgraduate teaching in Law, in terms of both quality of student experience and the diversity and cutting-edge nature of the subject areas with which our students are able to engage.

At the heart of our plans will be seven new tenure-track Assistant Professorships. They will be advertised during the academic year 2022-23, with the new Assistant Professors taking up their posts on 1 October 2023. This recruitment process will result in an unprecedented expansion of the Faculty’s permanent academic staff by almost 15 percent, cementing Cambridge’s position as one of the UK’s largest Law Schools and further enhancing the wide range of expertise represented within the Faculty.

This substantial expansion of our complement of permanent academic staff will enhance both our research and teaching capacities Professor Mark Elliott

A further announcement, setting out the fields in which we will be appointing and how we will go about the recruitment process, will be published in the coming months. An optional webinar for prospective applicants will be offered in the autumn, to enable us to share the vision that accompanies the establishment of these new posts and to provide an opportunity for prospective applicants to ask questions about the Faculty and our approach to recruitment.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Professor Mark Elliott, the Chair of the Faculty of Law, said:

"I am very pleased indeed that we are in a position to invest in this way in our postgraduate degrees. We pride ourselves on being a global leader in research-led teaching, and this substantial expansion of our complement of permanent academic staff will enhance both our research and teaching capacities, resulting in significant gains for our students and for the Faculty as a whole. While this investment programme focusses on postgraduate teaching, it will also strengthen our research environment, our undergraduate programme and our ability to offer doctoral supervision across a broad range of specialisms."