CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE LAW SOCIETY
The Graduate Law Society of the University of Cambridge, colloquially referred to as the ‘CUGLS’, is a student-run society catering to the needs and interests of those studying Law or Criminology at the postgraduate level. The CUGLS distinguishes itself by not charging any fee for membership, and therefore its membership base is comprised of all the postgraduate students in the aforementioned disciplines. The annual schedule of the CUGLS aims to give due consideration to the law in practice, alongside the regular scholastic curriculum, for the rounded development of the students. It thus engages with the more practical aspects of the legal sphere, emphasizing recent developments in the law through programmes that are designed to complement the academic structure of the University.
In the past, these programmes have included the Arbitration Day, a popular two-day event attended by well-known practitioners and academics specializing in the fields of commercial and investment arbitration, and including several paper presentations and panel discussions on pressing arbitration questions in the International community. Further, trips organized by the CUGLS to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the House of Commons, have given the students a chance to observe the day-to-day functioning of affairs in the highest echelons of the legal field.
Additionally, the CUGLS is also involved in the community life of the graduate students, hosting several social events or ‘socials’ throughout the year for its members and their guests. These provide students with the much needed opportunity to unwind and de-stress from the demands of a hectic work-year, and spend some enjoyable evenings mingling with their peers, at events ranging from fancy black-tie dinners hosted at the grand dining Halls of the various colleges of the University, to more informal drinks event.