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The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education. We can trace our origins to 1876 with the formation of leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon.

With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal minds.

RICH HERITAGE

The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education. Our origins can be traced back to 1876 with the formation of the leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon, and later on, with the establishment of The Law Society School of Law. In 1962 the two were amalgamated to establish The College of Law. We were the first-ever independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers and not long after, in 2012 we gained university title.

We’re at the heart of legal education as the acknowledged leader in innovative, professional legal education for prospective lawyers and professional development training for those already qualified. Over the years, we have worked with virtually every UK law firm to help meet their training and development needs, with many firms sending their trainees exclusively to us.

We made history in 2006 by becoming the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers by the Privy Council, leading to the development of our professionally-focused Bachelor and Master of Laws degree programmes.

With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal minds.

AN EXCITING NEW CHAPTER

In 2012, we were granted full university title and changed our name from The College of Law to The University of Law. This was an important development in our long history, reinforcing our absolute commitment to providing professional legal education of the highest quality to serve the needs of the legal profession and future generations of lawyers.

Our sale in 2012 resulted in a fund of circa £200m which allowed the creation of The Legal Education Foundation – one of the largest independent educational charities in the UK, dedicated to promoting the advancement of legal education and the study of law for future generations of students. It also allowed us to establish a University of Law scholarship fund of circa £400,000 per year.


UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


It’s not all work and no play! You will have many opportunities to get involved in a rich social and sporting life at The University of Law - at whichever campus you choose to study.

You are automatically a member of the University’s Student Association, which is tasked to enhance and improve your student and academic experience. It does this by having a strong representation structure, extra-curricular activities, clubs and societies, and much more.

You will also have the opportunity to join a Student Association Events Committee and develop a full and varied programme which could include activities including sports, quiz nights, dancing, theatre, debating societies – the list goes on. The exact mix of events varies from centre to centre and as it’s put together by our students, it’s up to you!

Clubs and societies

Ever thought about joining a debating or cooking club? Want to go abseiling or play football, netball or any other kind of sport? Why not think about joining one or more of our many clubs and societies. And if you can't find a club or society you're interested in, then you can even start your own.

Personal tutor

Our personal tutor scheme means that you'll have the guidance of a qualified professional throughout your time at The University of Law. Through regular meetings, your personal tutor will be there to guide you through the course and offer assistance and advice as required. They'll also be on hand to help you as you develop your plans for your future career.

Student representative committee

We believe in listening and acting upon the views of students, and the Student Association gives you an opportunity to do that.

The Student Association has a range of different representatives. We have Class Representatives for each workshop class, as your first point of contact. Class Representatives attend Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings to feed back to the University on all aspects of your University experience.

The Student Association Centre Officers are our paid position and represent each University campus. The Course Representatives, External Representative and i-Programme representative are here to represent the interests of each programme at the University. We also have Student Trustees who act as a check and balance on the work of the Association and that of the Student Association Executive. All of these roles attend the Student Parliament meetings, which occur three times per year.

Student welfare

The University provides support and guidance if you need help while you are with us. Every campus has a confidential counselling service and learning support team, and you'll have the opportunity to register with a local GP when you enrol at the University. And don't forget your campuses Student Services team who are also on hand to give you advice on a wide range of issues.

For undergraduate students

Freshers' Week kicks things off in September with a variety of events to help you get to know your fellow LLB and University of Law students, including quizzes, comedy nights, city tours and, of course, the Freshers' Fair and party. Other events throughout the year have included staff-versus-student pub quizzes, summer and end-of-year balls, to name just a very few.

Local students' union

As well as all the social activities, clubs and societies going on at the University, our undergraduate students also hold FREE associate membership of their centre's local university students' union. You will have access to the social facilities, clubs, societies, and events that your local students union offer, as well as giving you the opportunity to meet students studying at universities across the city. The only thing you can't do is compete in their sports teams, but why would you when you'll be playing for Team Law?!

 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

What really sets us apart from other universities is the guiding principle that the current and future lawyers we teach should only ever learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context with plenty of practical, interactive engagement.  That's why we keep our contact hours high and our teaching groups small.

INNOVATION AND CONTEMPORARY
TEACHING PRACTICES

All of our courses – from our undergraduate law degrees to our diverse range of postgraduate courses and professional development programmes – are designed with a unique, varied and innovative learning approach that’s proven to deliver self-reliant lawyers who can compete in the fast-changing world of legal services. With a focus on developing skills in problem-solving, weighing up arguments, critical thinking, and commercial awareness, our courses are designed to prepare you for the real-life challenges of the working world.  

POWERFUL CONNECTIONS

Our track record of excellence in learning and development has helped us establish worldwide connections within the legal services market. This is why many leading global law firms work exclusively with us to develop their people, and why legal employers of all types want to meet our students. It’s also why law schools and professional bodies around the world choose to enter intostrategic alliances with us.

UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAW

The University of Law is an internationally recognised expert in the field of law. Rather than focusing on academic research, our aim is to be thought leaders in the issues that matter to the legal profession and the next generation of practising lawyers. Our courses take an in-depth look into key areas of the law and provide a broader overview of the legal system to better contextualise what's being learned.

THE MOST EXPERIENCED TUTORS

Over 250 of our tutors are qualified lawyers, many still in practice, and all have extensive practical experience which they are able to pass on to our students. We facilitate this process with high levels of student-to-tutor contact time and small class sizes - one of the reasons that many law firms insist their trainees study with us. 

FOCUSED ON EMPLOYABILITY

We focus exclusively on practice-based training and give students access to our expert law careers service and legal vacancy database as soon as they accept a place with us. Students also benefit from our pioneering and award-winning pro bono programmes, which allow them to gain valuable work experience by helping real clients from the local community. 

WIDENING ACCESS

We take our responsibility to widen access to the legal profession seriously, and offer a wide range of scholarships  to help talented University of Law students fund their legal training and achieve their career ambitions.

11 CAMPUSES AROUND THE UK

All are close to thriving commercial campuses, leading law firms and transport links. Each campus is a modern, well-equipped professional law school and provides a comfortable and stimulating learning environment.

The postgraduate legal training courses on offer vary at each campus. The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) are available at all campuses including our collaborations with the University of Exeter, the University of Liverpool and the University of Reading. The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is available in Birmingham, Leeds and London.

If you are interested in studying our undergraduate law degree, you can study in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and Manchester.

In addition to our world-class legal training, our wide range of clubs and societies means that we offer our students the perfect balance of work and social activities.

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