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This is unfortunate, because the Commissioners wishing as we believe, to bring about the same result as we all desire, could hardly have found themselves without a thorough supporter on their main propositions, if they had had amongst them some who had lately lived and worked with us-who had been familiar with the many changes which the last ten years have witnessed in our system, and with the phases through which the opinion of practical men has passed on University questions.

Improvements and operations have, to some extent, been paralyzed, since the appointment of the Commission placed the University in a position of uncertain expectation. Seeing then the quantity of work which the Commissioners have before them, and the small proportion of them who can spare much time or attention to the matter, we feel that it would contribute much to the speedy termination of this condition if an additional Secretary could be appointed, thus raising the working staff to the strength thought requisite in the case of Oxford. Such an addition might be made the means of affording the Commissioners that information which they cannot be expected to possess; and the occurrence of those marks of imperfect appre hension of our case which have been sometimes apparent in their communications,-producing much the same impression here as the directions of a board of Admiralty drawn out by a landsman would do on a sea-captain,-would thus be ob viated, and that confidence and good feeling between the Colleges and the Commissioners, which we are all so anxious to bring about, would probably soon be established, with the most happy results to the public and the University.

THE RECENT CHANGES IN THE MODE OF PROCEEDING TO DEGREES IN ARTS.

By the new Statutes which received the assent of her Majesty in Council in August last, it is made necessary to reside during at least two-thirds of any term in order to keep it, and some changes have been made in the time of beginning and ending of the Michaelmas and Easter Terms. The former now begins on the 1st of October, and ends on the 16th of December: the latter begins on the Friday after Easter Day, and lasts until the Friday after the Magna Comitia, which are held on the last Tuesday but one in June.

Nine terms of residence are required for the degree of B.A.: it makes no difference in the number requisite whether a person commences residence in the October term or in any other term-thus the distinction of "Bye-Term men no

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longer exists, and there is no advantage in being entered in Term time.

In consequence of these alterations, changes have been made in the times of Examination for the B.A. degree. After January next, there will no longer be an Examination for the Ordinary Degree at that time of the year.

There will be in every term an Examination for the Ordinary B.A. degree on the Thursday before the end of the first two-thirds of the term. It is expected that the great majority of Candidates will present themselves at the Examination in the Easter Term, and at that only will those approved be arranged in four Classes.

No alteration has been made in the times at which the Examinations for Honors are held. The Mathematical and Classical Triposes take place as hitherto in January and February respectively. The effect of these regulations is, that a person commencing residence in October 1858, should present himself for the Previous Examination ("Little Go") in the Lent Term of 1860, and might take his Ordinary Degree in the Easter Term of 1861.

If he wished to be a candidate for Honors, he would have to wait until the beginning of 1862, though he would not be obliged to reside after he had kept nine terms. Hence it follows that a person intending to present himself for Honors would obtain his degree in the shortest time by commencing residence at the beginning of the Lent Term: he would have to present himself for the Previous Examination with those who came into residence in the previous Michaelmas Term.

It may be mentioned that all candidates for Honors in the Mathematical, Classical, and Law Triposes must pass an Additional Examination, at the "Little Go," in Euclid, Bks. 4 and 6; Algebra, including Quadratic Equations and Ratio and Proportion; and Elementary Mechanics.

A person commencing residence in the Easter Term would be examined for his "Little Go" in his second Lent Term; he might take his ordinary B.A. degree after nine terms' residence: if he wished to take Honors he would, as hitherto, be allowed a certain choice as to the time of presenting himself.

Bachelors of Arts upon admission become merely Bachelors designate, and are not entitled to the full privileges of their degree until their inauguration, which takes place in every year, on the second day of the Easter Term, when their names will be arranged in order as follows:

Wranglers.

The first class of the Classical Tripos.

Senior Optimes.

The second class of the Classical Tripos.
Junior Optimes.

The third class of the Classical Tripos.

The classes for Ordinary Degrees in June in their order.
Students admitted at other times.

It will be observed that thus those who take Ordinary Degrees in June are inferior in point of seniority to those who take Honors in the following January.

The degree of M.A. can be taken after three years from inauguration.

Important changes have also been made with respect to the mode of obtaining a vote in the Senate.

A University Register of Voters will henceforth be kept, upon which members of the Senate may be enrolled without necessarily retaining their names on the boards of any College, on the payment of an annual sum: but those whose names are on, or may hereafter be placed upon, the boards of a College, will have the same privileges in respect of voting as heretofore, the necessary payments being made in their behalf by the College.

Persons who have been created, and have removed their names from the boards of their College, may either replace them or put them directly on the Register upon the payment of a small sum for every year during which their names have been off the boards. They will thus obtain a vote in the Senate without any further residence.

Persons who have not yet completed their Degrees by creation, may be created without personal attendance at the magna comitia of 1859, or any subsequent year, on application being made to the Registrary for that purpose.

THE RECENT CHANGES WITH RESPECT TO PROCEEDING TO DEGREES IN LAW.

THE following paper embodying the results of the late regulations with regard to Law Degrees and Law Studies has been lately put forth.

1. Every Candidate for a Law degree must be in his ninth term's residence before he can present himself for the final Examination.

2. Every Candidate for a Law degree must first pass the general Previous Examination; and in order to be a Candidate for Honors in Law, he must also pass in the Additional Subjects required of all Candidates for Honors.

3. Every Candidate for a Law degree, not being previously a Bachelor of Arts, must at the time of proceeding to

his degree produce a certificate of having attended the Lectures of the Regius Professor of Laws during two terms at least, or the Lectures of the Regius Professor of Law during one term, and the Lectures of the Downing Professor of Law during one term, at some time after three terms' residence.

4. If not a Candidate for Honors, he must also produce the Professorial Certificate required of all students not Candidates for Honors.

5. The examinations for the Law degree are held towards the close of the Easter term, and on the day immediately succeeding the last day of Michaelmas term; at the latter only can Honors be obtained.

6. In addition to the examinations in writing at each of the above periods, Students in Law are examined vivâ voce, according to the following scheme:

1st. The exercise shall be kept by the Candidates for Honors in the Michaelmas term immediately preceding the Examination in December.

2ndly. The subject for the English Thesis shall be the same for all the Candidates, and shall be selected by the Regius Professor of Laws, bearing upon the history of the Roman or English Law or upon General Jurisprudence.

3rdly. The subject so selected shall be announced during the Easter term preceding the time for holding the General Exami

nation.

4thly. Each Candidate may select for himself the particular question or subject for the vivâ voce discussion, which question or subject shall be of a more technical nature than the subject for a thesis.

5thly. The question so selected must be sent to the Regius Professor of Laws for his approval in the course of the term preceding that in which the exercise is to be kept.

6thly. As regards the Students not Candidates for Honors their viva voce examination shall be held immediately after the written one, in two out of the list of subjects prescribed for that course, one of which shall be the Roman Law (of which translation of passages from the Institutes of Justinian shall form part), the other English Law as contained in those portions of Warren's Blackstone, that may be prescribed for the examination.

7. The first degree to which Students in Law will be admitted is that of LL.B., the second is that of Master of Laws, the status of which is the same as that of Master of Arts in respect of voting in the Senate and all other privileges.

8. The degree of LL.B. can be taken at any Congregation, but persons admitted on the last Saturday in January, or on the Saturday before the Commencement in June, will avoid the payment of additional fees.

9. Students in Law who have kept their exercises before the 1st of January, 1858, are at once admissible without further examination to the degree of LL.B. on providing themselves with the usual Certificate of having performed their exercises, for which they should apply to the Regius Professor of Laws.

N. B. The Professorial Certificate required by the Grace of the Senate of October 31, 1848, must be presented at the time of taking the degree, by all such Students, if their names have not appeared in the First Class of the Civil Law Classes.

10. Bachelors of Laws who were admitted to their degree prior to the 1st of January, 1858, can proceed to the degree of Master of Laws (whether they have retained their names on the Boards of a College or not), at the expiration of three years from the date of their admission.

11. Bachelors of Laws admitted subsequent to the 1st of January, 1858, are admissible to the degree of Master of Laws at the expiration of three years from the date of their inauguration as LL.B., which takes place on the second day of the Easter Term next after their admission as Bachelors designate of Laws.

12. Any Bachelor of Arts can be admitted to the degree of LL.B., or if of three years' standing from his inauguration as B.A., to the degree of LL.M. on passing the examination for the ordinary Law degree.

13. Any Master of Arts can proceed to the degree of Master of Laws on passing the examinations for the ordinary Law degrees.

14. Bachelors of Laws whose degree is of prior date to August 1, 1858, may proceed to the degree of Doctor of Laws when they are of six years' standing on the performance of one exercise in English.

15. Masters of Laws will be enabled to proceed to the degree of Doctor of Laws at the expiration of five years from the date of their creation on the performance of one exercise in English.

16. Bachelors of Arts who have graduated in Honors may present themselves as Candidates for Honors in Law in the December Examination of the year subsequent to that in which they would have had to present themselves if they had graduated directly in Law, and may take the degree of LL.B. on passing the examination without attending Professors' Lectures.

Gentlemen wishing to proceed in Law should communicate with the Regius Professor at Trinity Hall, as soon as possible after the completion of their third term's residence.

Information respecting the times of Examination and the Subjects will be found in the Cambridge Calendar.

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