Sidney has a long tradition of excellence in the teaching of Law which is inextricably linked with John Thornely. John Thornely was the first lawyer to be elected a Fellow of Sidney when the College began to expand its teaching during the post-war period. He was called to the Bar in 1947 and in 1948 began his teaching career in Cambridge as an assistant lecturer in Law. This began a long and distinguished career at Sidney, lasting for over 50 years.
The Thornely Society exists to honour the memory of John Thornely by supporting many aspects of Law at Sidney, including academic events and also social events. This provides an opportunity for Sidney alumni who read Law at Cambridge or have since qualified as lawyers to maintain and develop their links with each other and the College.
The Thornely Society provides very significant support for Law in Sidney, including funding a Fellowship and bursaries.