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about What Makes Us Different
What really sets us apart from other universities is the guiding principle that future lawyers and business leaders should 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.
We are the largest provider of legal education in the UK (HESA 2020/21). We can trace our origins to 1876 with the formation of tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon, and in 2016, we opened our leading Business School. With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal and business minds.
Innovative and Contemporary Teaching Practices
All of our courses – from our undergraduate law degrees to our diverse range of business courses and postgraduate programmes – are designed with a unique, varied and innovative learning approach proven to deliver self-reliant professionals who can compete in the fast changing professional world. 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.
Our track record of excellence in learning and development has helped us establish worldwide connections within the legal and business industries. This is why many leading global law firms and businesses work exclusively with us to develop their people, and why employers of all types want to meet our students. It’s why law schools and professional bodies around the world choose to enter into strategic alliances with us.
We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver legal training to 94 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 60 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms in the UK, including those listed below.
Our many international partnerships allow us to provide a rounded, global outlook to business and law.
The Most Experienced Tutors
More than 250 of our tutors are qualified lawyers and business professionals, 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 firms insist their trainees study with us.
Focused on Employability
We focus exclusively on practice-based training and give students access to our expert Careers and Employability service 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.
Rated a 5 star Institution by QS
In June 2021 we were awarded 5 stars in the World University Rankings, by global higher education analysts, QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). QS states a typical five-star institution is “generally world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys an excellent reputation and has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.” As well as achieving an overall 5 Star rating as an institution and for the Law subject, we have achieved 5 stars in Teaching, Employability, Online Learning, Academic Development and Inclusiveness and 4 stars for Specialist Criteria for our LLB and Internationalisation.
Widening Access and Participation
We take our responsibility to widen access and participation within legal and business education seriously. Our Access and Participation Plans with the Office for Students detail our ambition and strategy to widen access and participation.
Degree Outcomes Statement
As set out in the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment’s (UKSCQA) Statement of Intent, Higher Education providers are expected to publish a Degree Outcomes Statement analysing their institutional degree classification profile and articulating the results of an internal institutional review. The publication of Degree Outcomes Statements helps providers demonstrate that they meet the expectations of the Quality Code for Higher Education that relate to protecting the value of qualifications and the Office for Students' ongoing conditions of registration on academic standards.
The University of Law’s Degree Outcome Statement follows the guidance provided by the UKSCQA on producing Degree Outcome Statements.
External Examiner Reports
External examiner annual reports are an important tool in helping the University assure the academic standards of its awards. All reports are thoroughly reviewed by the relevant Academic Board sub-committees and programme management teams, with all issues, actions and responses carefully recorded and monitored. Reports are published on the University’s website in accordance with QAA guidelines.
Please click below to see the most recent external examiner reports for each programme.
GDL and MA Law
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Louisa Ashley
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Juliet Brook
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Ian Charles Brookfield
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Ian King
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Luke Mason
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Lisa Mountford
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Victoria Roper
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Sharon Sinclair-Graham
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Julian Creasey
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Russell Hewitson
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Karen Jones
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Janet Spence
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Jingchen Zhao
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Catharine Biggs
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Alan Birbeck
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Deveral Capps
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Penny Carey
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Helen Chalk
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Philip Doble
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Helen Hudson
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Mark Richards
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Darren Shaw
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Elizabeth Smart
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Yog Upadhyay
External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Alan Wilkinson
How We Spend our Fees
The University strives to provide value for money by continually committing to investing in and enhancing the student experience.
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The University of Law recognises that it owes a duty of care towards all members of the University community and an enhanced duty towards those under the age of 18 and adults who risk to ensure that they are safeguarded against the risk of abuse. The University considers its duty to pay due regard to the need to prevent people from the risk of being drawn into terrorism [the Prevent Duty] as part of its safeguarding duties.
The University encourages a culture whereby all members of the University community feel safe, involved and socially included in University life. A number of policies and procedures have been developed by the University and these can be found within our policies.
If you have a safeguarding concern and you know which campus the individual of concern attends you can email SafeguardingTeam[name of campus]@law.ac.uk. Alternatively you can contact [email protected]