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    The city of Chester is situated in the heart of the North West of England. The University of Law Chester is set in 14 acres of beautiful parkland, just outside the city.

  • Courses available at our Chester centre

  • Getting to the Chester centre

    The University of Law
    Christleton Hall
    Pepper Street
    CH3 7AB

    The University of Law Chester is easily accessible via a wide range of public transport.

    By car
    Use the embedded map or click through to the larger map for directions by car.

    There is ample free parking at our Chester centre. Please help us to maintain full access to the campus, especially for emergency vehicles by parking only in designated parking bays. Parking is not permitted along the drive, on the sports pitches, in cross-hatched areas or outside the front entrance of the Main Hall unless you are directed to do so by a member of the University staff.

    By public transport
    Access to timetables is available from the Chester City Council website.

    Here are some useful links:

    By train
    Chester Railway Station is a 30 minute walk, or a 10 minute bus journey away. Buses run every 30 minutes. Motorbikes must be parked in the car park and not with the bicycles in the South Yard.

  • Uni of law Chester was my first choice because of the great legal experience and knowledge tutors have to offer and the wonderful family environment of the university.

    Vicki Rolland, LLB student, 2014/17
    • Accommodation for students

      The University of Law has an online accommodation portal for all students. Lawstudentpad provides:

      Helpful advice on choosing a property to rent in Chester

      Useful information about things to do and see around the Chester campus

      Property listings search for students who have accepted at the Chester campus

      Visit Studentpad to find out more.

      If you’d like to find other University of Law students to privately rent with, or you have a spare room in your house/flat share, why not join our Housemate Hub Facebook group to chat and make living arrangements with fellow students? Find us on Facebook - search groups for ‘Official University of Law Group - Housemate Hub’.

      Accommodation for undergraduate students
      We have reserved accommodation for our students with some of the UK’s leading student accommodation providers, who pride themselves in ensuring that you have a safe, comfortable place to live while you’re studying at The University of Law Chester. Not only that, but by staying in University-nominated accommodation you’ll get to meet students studying at universities across the city, as well as live with your fellow undergraduate students.
      Chester accommodation – Abbeygate

      Modern self-contained studios or shared flats (for six students) in a converted historic school building.

      • Fully fitted shared kitchen or self-contained kitchenette
      • Comfortable lounge/dining area with TV
      • Fully furnished bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, handy storage and large desk area
      • High-speed broadband
      • On-site facilities: laundry, 24-hour security, parking.


      10 minute walk to Chester city centre; 10 minute drive or 25 minute bus ride to University.

      Cost (2015/16)

      Shared flat £130 per week for 44 weeks, £125 per week for 50 weeks; including utilities, broadband (one-off connection fee applies) and contents insurance.

      More information

      For more information on Abbeygate, please visit the Fresh student living website. 

    • Nowhere offers more opportunities to get involved than The University of Law in Chester. We offer a wide range of activities designed to develop your commercial awareness and ensure you are ready for practice.

      Business and commercial awareness

      Law firms increasingly tell us they are looking for trainees with a strong commercial awareness and business acumen. We provide a programme to build these key skills; this includes guest speakers and presentations from an impressive list of legal and business professionals. Topics on the agenda for this year included:

      • Alternatives to private practice
      • How to impress in applications
      • Life as a civil litigator
      • Self-presentation
      • Commercial awareness
      Share race competition

      Every year our GDL students have the chance to prove that they are The Investment Managers of the future. The competition, sponsored by Rensburg Sheppard Investment Managers, gives students £100,000 in a virtual fund. The students invest this money over a five month period and the team which demonstrates the biggest growth win a prize. This is another fantastic way to increase financial acumen and a greater depth of commercial awareness.

      Prize giving

      We have an annual prize giving for the students who achieve the highest marks on each of the courses. Prizes are donated by several firms and other legal organisations and are awarded for a number of categories. The names of winners are added to the sponsored prize boards which are on display in our student area.

      The prize giving normally takes place in February and is an evening event attended by University of Law tutors, sponsor organisations, student prize winners and their guests. This is a wonderful evening where individual student achievements are celebrated.


      Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem. Students are given a legal issue and must present their side of the case to a panel of judges. This is a very important skill, constantly used by lawyers, so we offer many opportunities to practice mooting. Our students have also had the opportunity to use their mooting skills in national competitions, achieving excellent results.

      Court visits

      The University of Law in Chester arranges court visits – criminal, civil or an employment tribunal so that students are able to gain a true insight into how a court functions.

      Mock trials and employment tribunals

      We offer mock trials which are true to life with real judges and magistrates, local high schools play the part of the jury.

      Regional law fairs

      Regional law fairs are held in Chester and give students an excellent opportunity to meet potential employers and firms that are actively recruiting face to face, all in one afternoon. This gives students a great chance to find out more about the firms and for the firms to find their trainees and potential partners of the future.

    • Careers

      Comprehensive careers advice and guidance from the Employability Service, including a team of legal careers consultants is an integral part of your support network here at The University of Law Chester. Visit resources and facilities to find out more. 

      Pro bono

      The University of Law has an award winning pro bono service. Below are details of some of the schemes we have run in Chester. There are changes year-to-year, but we will always provide a range of options designed to enhance the employability of our students.


      This is a legal education scheme, which aims to deliver lively and interactive presentations regarding the law to schools and groups in the local community. Students work in groups of three. The area of law is chosen by the community group or school. Past presentations have included topics such as consumer rights, human rights and eyewitness testimonies. Students will be required to conduct research and prepare their presentation throughout the course of the year. By the end of the presentation, the client group should have an understanding of the legal principles behind the area of law that students have been talking about. If you are nervous or lacking confidence in making presentations, this scheme is for you, simply because it is so different.

      Legal Advice Centre (LAC)

      The Legal Advice Centre gives you a chance to interview a real client face to face. Students are put in pairs and are given details of the client’s issue in advance. Students then carry out legal research, interview the client and then prepare a letter of advice within two weeks from the interview. This is fully supervised by the tutors here or local solicitors involved in the scheme, and normally takes place at the University. However we also have clinics at The Liscard Children’s Centre on the Wirral. The Legal Advice Centre operates during term-time only. If you are selected for this, you may have to attend Liscard.

      Witness Service

      All criminal courts have a Witness Service Unit. We have close links with the Witness Service in Mold, Wrexham, Caernarvon, Crewe, Liverpool and Birkenhead. Students are placed in the courts to shadow the witness support workers. This normally takes place for one morning a week over a four week period, providing an excellentopportunity to have a look behind the scenes in court and even interview witnesses.

      Chester Employment Rights Advice Line (CHERAL)

      CHERAL is a telephone advice service providing advice to employees experiencing employment problems. Working in pairs, students interview clients over the telephone to obtain the facts of the case and conduct preliminary research. Our employment lawyer advises them using a loudspeaker phone during one of our evening advice sessions, which take place here at the University approximately once a fortnight. Students have the opportunity to discuss the case, to listen to the advice given and finally to write a letter of advice to the client confirming this advice under supervision.

      National Centre for Domestic Violence

      This is an organisation that helps victims of domestic violence seek an injunction against their abusers. To become involved with this scheme you would need to have knowledge of the law relating to domestic violence and a working knowledge of NCDV proceedings. You would also need to attend a full day of training which will take place at our Manchester Centre. Once trained you are placed on a rota to telephone the client that day and interview them over the phone, using a pro forma. You would then be required to fill in the necessary paperwork to get the matter to court, usually that day, so that they can obtain an injunction. You would ring from the University and NCDV would expect a commitment of at least half a day a fortnight.

      FNF Both Parents Matter

      This organisation operates from Wrexham and Liverpool. You can help families where there are issues relating to contact for absent fathers, mothers and even grandparents. You would attend their meetings on a monthly basis on a Thursday evening.

      Contact 4 Kids

      This pro bono opportunity is for any student who is interested in Family Law. This is a service we offer to members of the public with contact issues over their children or grandchildren. Students interview the client over the telephone and write a letter of advice detailing the client’s position and next steps, within two weeks after the interview.

      Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

      This is an opportunity to become involved with the CAB. This is a scheme that involves working within the CAB as either an Adviceline Assessor, a Generalist Adviser, a Gateway Adviser or a receptionist. We currently have connections with Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich, Winsford and outreach centres in Frodsham and Tarporley.

      Child and Family Contact Centres

      A Child Contact Centre is a meeting place where children of separated families can enjoy contact with one (or both) parents, and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment when there is no viable alternative. We have connections with Contact Centres in Chester, Southport, Bootle, Bury, Rochdale and Lancaster. To become involved you would need to fill in an application form and commit to one Saturday per month.

      Personal Support Unit (PSU)

      The PSU is a small independent charity that offers non-legal support to litigants in person, their family members and other supporters. The PSU's service is free, independent and confidential. The service is offered equally to anyone who asks. Requests vary from the very simple to the complex, and the overall aim of the charity is to help litigants better understand the court process. The PSU is based at the Liverpool Civil and Family Court Centre. To get involved you should fill in an application form and commit to at least one day a month.

      Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race and Equality Centre (CHAWREC)

      This is a scheme that operates in Chester and offers a free, independent and completely confidential discrimination casework service. As a volunteer you would be expected to provide support and assistance to the discrimination caseworkers with discrimination cases. You would receive on-the-job training and would have to be prepared to commit to at least half a day a week for six months.


      FEAL is a free family law e-mail advice service run in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Bureau and is an opportunity aimed at students who are interested in Family Law. Its aim is to provide initial advice to those who need help with basic enquiries on family law issues such as divorce, cohabitation and parental rights. Clients email their issue to the University via the CAB website. This is then checked to make sure we can advise them. If it is a suitable case then it would be passed onto the student who is on the rota. They would then operate in exactly the same way as the LAC except. All work is done via email. All work is closely supervised.

      National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL)

      The thinking behind the project is ultimately to deter children from offending in the future. Currently in Manchester, you would work in court during a mock trial, talking to school children about court procedures and the law involved. It is an opportunity for you and the children to meet with the real defendant, and also a valuable opportunity to network with practitioners.


      We offer shadowing opportunities at Chester Civil Court and Liverpool Family and Civil Court. Dates for these are sent out to students on a regular basis and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    • The University of Law Chester offers many opportunities for a rich social and sporting life, whatever your interests. You will have the opportunity to join the Student Activities Committee that each year organises a full programme of sports and social events, supported by our Student Services team.

      The activities are numerous but here are some examples:

      • Party trips on the River Dee
      • Sports including netball, hockey, rugby, football and rowing
      • Christmas and summer balls
      • Debating Society
      • University band
      • Choir
      • Irish Society
      • Welsh Club
      • Theatre trips
      • Three peaks challenge
      • Snow sports.

      If you have a different interest and wish to set up a society, go for it. There will probably be others who share your passion.

      There is also a very convenient sports centre, including a swimming pool and gym within easy walking distance of The University of Law Chester in Christleton.

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