Law Residential: a chance to experience Law at Trinity

Law Residential 2015

Trinity College hosted its fourth Law Residential on 30th June and 1st of July. This event provided the opportunity to 45 sixth form students to experience life as a Law student at Cambridge, with insight into the teaching style, the particulars of the course, and the chance to meet Law academics and current students at Cambridge. The residential overlaped with the Open Day at the Law Faculty, allowing a glimpse of both the faculty and the college side of the Cambridge experience. It will include one night of free accommodation in Trinity College, as well as free meals throughout the visit.

The next residential will be held at the end of June 2016, with applications opening in Spring 2016 on this webiste. As a indication of the kinds of criteria applied in the residential selection, this information from 2015 may assist. Note that the criteria may change for 2016.

EligibilityThe Residentials are open to students at UK schools who will be aged 16 or over by the first day of the Residential and 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 high potential for the study of Law.


To apply for a place on one of the Residentials, students must complete an online application form. 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 valid.

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 College. This is to confirm that they have permission to attend the Residential in Cambridge.

Selection Criteria

There are 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 the student’s 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 at A2 Level. We will therefore also consider relevant information such as the level of qualifications attained by parents/guardians and eligibility for free school meals.

Law Residential 2014

The 2014 Law Residential Open Day at Trinity was held on 1 and 2 July 2014. It tied in with the afternoon events of the Law Faculty Open Day on 2 July, to allow participants to get an in-depth understanding of the Cambridge Law course. More information on what happened on the Residential Open Day, and photos of the event, will be available here soon.
Another residential event in July 2015, is already being planned. More information will be available on this website in early 2015. Once again, we expect demand to be very high and that we will have to be quite selective. We envisage giving priority to those whose academic record shows strong evidence of the potential to succeed in a law degree in Cambridge, this especially includes those who come from non-traditional and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Law Residential 2013

The Law Residential Open Day at Trinity was held between the 2nd and 3rd of July 2013. It tied in with the afternoon events of the Law Faculty Open Day on 3 July, to allow participants to get an in-depth understanding of the Cambridge Law course.

Law Residential 2012

Trinity held its first Law Residential on 3 and 4 July 2012. Back to Essay Prize for Aspiring Law Students Back to the Law homepage.