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The Turpin-Lipstein Fellowship has, since its establishment, contributed significantly to Clare's consistent record of excellence in the Law Tripos.

The Turpin-Lipstein Fellowship is a four-year teaching fellowship at Clare primarily dedicated to the support of undergraduates studying for the Law Tripos. The Fellowship was at first founded on a temporary basis in 2006 to honour two of the College's distinguished Law Fellows, Colin Turpin and Professor Kurt Lipstein.

female student studying in the law libraryThe teaching of Law at Cambridge relies upon provisions at both the University and College levels. Since Faculty teaching alone is insufficient to maintain small group supervisions which have historically been provided to all Law students, the Turpin-Lipstein Fellowship - like similar posts in other colleges - is crucial in ensuring that present and future Clare Law undergraduates benefit from the same exceptional legal education as those who have gone before them.

In 2016, 50% of our students have graduated with First Class Honours, and all of our students have graduated with an Upper Second or better. A number of Clare students have won University prizes in Law and have come top in the Tripos. In 2016, there were eight Firsts from Clare lawyers in the Law Tripos and LLM exams.

Law Fellows at ClareThe Turpin-Lipstein Fellow joins a team led by Dr Kirsty Hughes and Professor Neil Andrews, who both play a central role in undergraduate law admissions and teaching. Professor Andrews is an expert in contract law and civil procedure; he teaches contract law to second year students, and is the author of the main textbook for the course. In the third year students take Professor Andrews's highly popular civil procedure course. Professor Andrews is the author of a number of leading books on this topic, and he provides students with detailed notes and support for this course. He is a professional mentor for the Turpin-Lipstein Fellow as well as a gifted supervisor. Dr Kirsty Hughes is now University Lecturer in Public Law at Cambridge as well as a Fellow of Clare. Candidates for the Fellowship are expected to have an impressive professional background in their area of expertise as well as a strong track record of academic publication, and to demonstrate a dedication to the highest standards of undergraduate teaching.

In addition to our other Law teaching fellows, the Turpin-Lipstein Fellow usually serves as Director of Studies in Law at Clare, supervising many of the undergraduate lawyers for specific papers. The Turpin-Lipstein Fellow also plays a central role in sleecting external supervisors to cover any subjects Clare fellows do not teach. The Fellowship allows the College to present a strong combination of supervisors who cover a wide range of expertise and enable Clare lawyers to fulfil their potential. The holder of the Fellowship thus plays a crucial role in shaping their understanding of the law and guiding them through the course.

TL-photo-4For the first seven years of its existence, the annual cost of the Turpin-Lipstein Fellowship was approximately £40,000. This cost was funded partly from returns on the endowment already raised and partly from new annual giving. Due to the other demands on the Clare Annual Fund, this is not, however, a sustainable model. The success of the Fellowship and its positive impact on our students has prompted the College to seek the funds needed to fully endow the Fellowship in perpetuity, without an ongoing reliance on further annual donations.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated to this cause already. Your help is still needed to reach full endowment, which will make a permanent impact on Law teaching at Clare.

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