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Trinity’s eighth Law Residential took place in July 2019. The College now offers different subject residential programmes in each year; one or more Law Taster Days are offered in years when there is no subject-specific Law Residential. Interested students may wish to apply to the Humanities Residential, which takes place every year; for more information, see the Residential Visits page. The guidance below will apply to Law Residentials in future years.


The Law Residential is open to students at UK schools who will be aged 16 or over by the first day of the Residential and who are considering studying law at Cambridge or another selective university. Students in Year 12 will be given priority for the places that are available. Applications are open to particularly interested students in Year 11 who can demonstrate a very strong potential for the study of law.


An applicant must complete the online application form (on this website) to apply for a place on the Residential. A nominated teacher from the applicant’s school will then be contacted by email and asked to review the student’s application and provide a reference via another online form. This form must be completed for an application to be considered.

If selected to attend, applicants will be sent a confirmation form and a code of conduct, which they must print and have signed by both a parent/guardian and a teacher, before returning it by post to Trinity. Return of the form is essential to confirm that the applicant has permission to attend the Residential.

Selection criteria

There are approximately 40 places available on the Residential. We anticipate being oversubscribed and we regret that it will not be possible to offer a place to every applicant.

Applications will be assessed on applicants’ academic record, their commitment to exploring relevant subjects at a higher level, and their teacher’s reference. Trinity College is keen to encourage applications from academically high-achieving students with little or no family tradition of higher education, who are capable of achieving A*AA or equivalent. We will therefore also consider relevant information such as the level of qualifications attained by parents/guardians and eligibility for free school meals.

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