Number of students per year: 8 -10 

Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please click here.

Essential subjects: None.

Useful subjects: The department suggests taking at least one-essay based subject at A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent.

Law at Clare 

We are a friendly and supportive college and our students enjoy the best of all that Clare and Cambridge have to offer.

Law is a highly competitive career and academic success is vital. Clare lawyers have a record of truly outstanding results, in recent years 75% of our students have graduated with First Class Honours, and all of our students have graduated with a Starred First, First or an Upper Second Class degree. On numerous occasions a Clare law student has ranked top of the university class list. Our students have also received a vast array of university and college prizes.

All our students are members of the Clare Law Society which organises a wide variety of events throughout the academic year including termly law dinners with members of the profession.

We are perhaps the only College to benefit from two specialist law libraries. The Turpin and the Lipstein reading rooms offer a wealth of resources and an environment for both quiet study and lively debates.

Following graduation a significant number of our students have been successful in obtaining highly competitive scholarships for postgraduate programmes at leading institutions in the UK and in the United States. Perhaps a testament to the academic community at Clare is that many of our students elect to remain with us for the LLM programme.

Beyond Clare our law students are at the forefront of the legal profession and can be found at most leading law firms and chambers. Our alumni retain close links with the College and regularly participate in Clare events with our current students

Key People


Professor Kirsty Hughes

Director of Studies &  Senior Lecturer in Public Law

Dr Kirsty Hughes is a University Senior Lecturer specialising in Human Rights and Public Law. She is Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Law and a member of Blackstone Chambers Academic Panel.

She lectures and supervises students in Human Rights Law, Public Law, Law and Information and Constitutional Law.

Dr Hughes is particularly interested in human rights law and theory, the human rights of migrants, privacy, protest and hate speech. Her research has been published in leading books and journals and has been cited in the Court of Appeal and parliamentary reports. She has also given evidence to the House of Lords and is regularly asked to give media interviews.

She is the convenor of the Cambridge Human Rights mooting team, the Cambridge Human Rights Film Series and the Law and Race reading group.