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MCL Corporate Law

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

9 Months
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27999 GBP
27999 GBP
27999 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Faculty of Law
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

MCL students take the compulsory full-year Deals course and a full-year LLM paper from a selection of corporate papers. In addition they take four one-term MCL-specific modules from a selection of six on offer, usually two in the first term and two in the second term of the course.

Learning Outcomes
MCL students are expected upon arrival to be familiar with corporate law and to be motivated to develop their expertise in this challenging area.  Students who take the MCL should leave with a much enriched understanding of the topic.  They will learn about areas of corporate law with which they were not previously familiar, will have an opportunity to reflect upon the theoretical and policy implications of the topic and will be challenged to think about the practical aspects of the subject in an academically rigorous manner.

A number of students wish to remain in Cambridge after completing their Masters degree in order to pursue further advanced legal studies, either by undertaking research for the Diploma in International Law, the Diploma in Legal Studies, the MLitt degree or the PhD degree.

Students wishing to continue their studies at Cambridge by undertaking a research degree in law should apply for their chosen course through the Graduate Admissions Office by completing a GRADSAF application form and submitting it by the relevant deadline.

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Eligibility Criteria

Expected Academic Standard

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree.
  • If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
  • The normal minimum academic entry requirement for law graduates seeking admission to the MCL is a first class degree from a UK university, or equivalent grades elsewhere, and a top 5-10% ranking in their class. 
  • Students may apply before they have completed their first degree in law, but successful applicants in this category will usually have academic conditions attached to their offer.
  • Extra weight may be given to the performance in courses related to corporate law.
  • Applicants will normally have a law degree, but applicants qualified to practise law who have a degree in another subject are welcome to apply.

IELTS: 7.5 ( 7 in each section)

TOEFL: 110( 25 in each section)


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Course Modules

The Cambridge MCL is a one-year taught masters programme commencing at the beginning of October each year and ending in June of the following year. It is designed for students wanting to pursue further legal studies after completing their first degree in law, both those intending to practise in the area of corporate law and those considering an academic career. The MCL has been structured so as to combine academic rigour with a diverse and flexible curriculum, enabling each student to tailor their MCL course selection to their own specific requirements.

MCL students take a combination of full-year and one-term modules during the course.  All students take the compulsory full-year Deals course, which focuses on the legal and economic structuring of corporate transactions.  They also choose one full-year LLM paper from a selection of corporate papers, including Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance.  In conjunction with the full-year papers, students take four one- term modules, usually two in the Michaelmas Term and two in the Lent Term.  The modules enable students to conduct a more detailed study of certain specialist areas of corporate law, such as shareholder litigation and international merger control.

MCL students receive brief written feedback on their Michaelmas Term module examinations in January and on their Lent Term module examinations in April.

MCL students are entitled to submit up to three pieces of practice written work for the full-year LLM paper they take. This work might take the form of reflective essays or timed exam-practice essays. Course convenors and lecturers can advise on topics, but the aim is to produce a short piece of writing which provides a concise, rigorous argument or analysis of the issues in question. Students then benefit from specific and individual feedback, and can thereby hone their legal writing skills.

All students write three assignments during the MCL year as the formal assessment for the Deals course.

Written examination
All MCL students sit a two-hour examination for each of their four termly modules, and a three-hour examination for their one full-year LLM course.

Practical assessment
All MCL students give a class presentation as part of a group within the Deals course. This forms part of the assessment for the Deals course, alongside students' individual written assignments

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How to Apply

You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.

Having fully researched the course you are interested in, make sure you now have the relevant information you need to apply:

  • Course name
  • Application and funding deadlines
  • The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload.
  • Email addresses for your academic referees. You should ensure you have theirconsent before you apply.
  • A choice of up to two colleges to consider your application.
  • Apply Online using the GRADSAF

When you have completed the necessary preparation, and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information.

  • There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application.
  • Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentationwhich can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form.
  • You will need to submit a separate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish you to apply for.

Upload Supporting Documentation

Once you have submitted your application, you will be given access to your Self-Service Account. You will have 14 days from submission of your application to upload all mandatory documents.

Please check your course's entry to see what supporting documents you will be required to submit. These will also be listed on your self-service account once you have submitted your application. For more information on what the specific requirements of each document are, and how to submit them, please see the section on Supporting Documentation.

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