New Law student? Here’s some advice to get you started

This guest post is by one of my former students, Jack Williams. He studied Law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a First Class honours degree in summer 2012. He is now a barrister at Monckton Chambers. In this post, Jack offers advice – by way of a letter to his younger self as a new Law student – on how to study Law.

Studying Law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Each year, I talk to propspective Cambridge Law students at open days held by my College, St Catharine's. I have recorded a YouTube version of the talk. It covers studying Law at Cambridge generally and at St Catharine's College in particular. I discuss what it is like to study Law at St Catharine's, how we teach … Continue reading Studying Law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Interested in studying Law at Cambridge? Take a look at our new website

It's open day season in Cambridge, and to coincide with it we have just launched a new website at the Law Faculty for anyone interested in applying for a place on our undergraduate degree programme. It includes information about the course, about the nature of Law as an academic discipline, and about how we teach Law … Continue reading Interested in studying Law at Cambridge? Take a look at our new website

Teaching public law: Topicality—a blessing or a curse?

On Tuesday 25th June, I will be speaking at a conference at the University of Manchester, organised by the Society of Legal Scholars and Oxford University Press, on the subject of "Teaching Public Law in Academia". I will be speaking to the title: "Topicality – a blessing or a curse?" The following is a draft … Continue reading Teaching public law: Topicality—a blessing or a curse?

Interested in studying Law at Cambridge? Come to an open day at St Catharine’s College

If you are interested in studying Law at Cambridge, you may like to know that on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July, St Catharine’s College (where I am Director of Studies in Law) will be holding events specifically aimed at prospective Law students. The St Catharine’s Law event on Wednesday 3rd July coincides … Continue reading Interested in studying Law at Cambridge? Come to an open day at St Catharine’s College

An Introduction to Public Law: Three Short Videos on the Belmarsh Prison case

The Belmarsh Prison case — which arose from the UK's treatment of foreign terror suspects following the 9/11 attacks in the USA — illustrates a series of fundamental points about how the UK constitution works, and provides an excellent starting-point for anyone who is interested in public law.

Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference slides

I gave a talk earlier today to the Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference on "Why the British constitution is weird (and interesting)". The slides that accompanied the talk can be found here. I am posting these mainly for the benefit of those who attended the talk (as they probably do not make much sense on their … Continue reading Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference slides

Sumption v Virgo debate: Should prospective lawyers study Law at university?

This week, the Law Faculty at Cambridge University will host a debate between Lord Sumption, a Justice of the Supreme Court, and Graham Virgo, who is a Professor at the Faculty here. The debate was sparked by remarks made by Sumption last year. He is reported to have said: I think that it is best … Continue reading Sumption v Virgo debate: Should prospective lawyers study Law at university?

Guest post: Jack Williams’ study advice – A letter to my fresher self

This guest post is by Jack Williams, who studied Law at both St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (graduating with a First Class honours degree in 2012) and Hertford College, Oxford (graduating with a Distinction in the BCL in 2014). He was a College Lecturer at Brasenose College, Oxford in 2014-15. In this blog, he offers suggestions — by way of a letter to himself as a new Law student — about how to study Law.