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The Faculty is committed to actively working to ensure that the student body at Cambridge accurately reflects the diversity of our society, both ethnically and socially. This means that we seek to engage students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds, and to ensure that they have the necessary tools to make the strongest possible application to Cambridge. The Faculty recognises the importance of this challenge, and hopes to be instrumental in shaping future lawyers and university students across the country, not just within the bounds of the Faculty.

Access and widening participation partners

The Faculty's access and widening participation activities are made possible by the generous support of our partners:

Clifford Chance

Hogan Lovells

Slaughter and May

Clifford Chance Hogan Lovells Slaughter and May


We are also grateful for the additional support from:

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers


  • Facilitate student exploration of Law as an academic subject;
  • Encourage bright students to apply to Cambridge to study Law, particularly those from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds;
  • Ensure that students from all backgrounds have the tools to make a strong application.

How we aim to achieve these goals

We’re proud of the work that we do to increase access to legal study and to Cambridge University, but we know there is still more to be done.  With the support of our Access and widening participation partners, we are working to increase awareness of law as a career with younger students, increase access to legal careers for mature students and career-changers, and encourage applications from students from all backgrounds.

We intend to do this by:

  • Expanding communications initiatives
  • Offering more funded places on the Exploring Law Conference
  • Providing bursaries for travel to Open Days
  • Developing a Cambridge Faculty of Law Student Volunteer Scheme to increase school outreach


Access Officers 2024Matilda Gillis and Peter Candy, our Faculty Access Officers, are the Faculty’s first point of contact for students, teachers, and advisors interested in Law at Cambridge. You can arrange for a group to visit the Faculty of Law or for a visitor to come to your school to speak on topics including:

  • Studying Law at Cambridge
  • Career options following a degree in Law
  • Applying to study Law
  • Choosing a college

Additionally, if you are organising an event such as a careers fair, subject taster day, or a teachers’ conference, you can contact Matilda and Peter about involving the Faculty of Law in your event.