The University of Law is the UK's longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training in the UK, with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and Leeds, as well as collaborations with The University of Exeter, The University of Reading and The University of Liverpool. Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012.
A little more about us
In 2017, The University of Law was awarded a gold ranking in the Government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students, making us one of the highest quality providers of higher education in the UK.
The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education. In fact, we've trained more practising lawyers in the UK than anyone else. 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 focus on developing the best legal minds.
Where are we based?
Located in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter, the University is close to the legal and commercial heart of the city and within walking distance of Birmingham’s mainline stations and St Paul’s Metro station. The campus has modern facilities, as well as excellent IT and library resources and a Legal Advice Centre. The University has strong links with the Birmingham Law Society, one of the largest and most active law societies in the country.
Chester and Liverpool
On the outskirts of the historic city of Chester, the University is centred around Christleton Hall, an 18th century mansion surrounded by 14 acres of land, and where the University has been based since 1974. Chester has a thriving legal community with the University playing a key role in that professional environment as well as in neighbouring North Wales and Shropshire.
Staff based at Chester also teach in our new Liverpool campus in the heart of the legal school at the renowned redbrick University of Liverpool, a new collaborative arrangement which sees the University of Law open its doors for the first time in this vibrant city with a large and diverse legal profession.
In addition to working across these two North West cities Chester staff also play a huge role in delivering the online courses for the whole University across a number of programmes reaching students both in the UK and internationally.
As one of the south-east’s major legal campuses, Guildford is an ideal place to study law. This campus is set in historic surroundings on the outskirts of the market town of Guildford in Surrey, half an hour from London by train. Braboeuf Manor, which sits at the heart of the University buildings, dates from 1586. Guildford has strong links with leading local and London firms and the Surrey Law Society. Firms sponsor prizes and are regularly involved with University life. The campus is close to Guildford mainline train station and the town centre, as well as benefitting from a cafe and other facilities on the campus.
The University’s campus in Bloomsbury occupies a central London location just a few minutes’ walk from Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras main line train stations. The Bloomsbury campus is situated in historic Store Street, just off Tottenham Court Road, close to the British Museum and Oxford Street and close to London’s legal district including the Royal Courts of Justice, Chancery Lane and the Inns of Court. Bloomsbury is the University’s largest campus with around 2,000 students and most diverse campus in terms of course offering. It delivers post-graduate law programmes, namely the Legal Practice Course, the Graduate Diploma in Law, MA in Law, the Bar Professional Training Course and the Bar Professional Training Course Masters. Bloomsbury also delivers a growing portfolio of under-graduate law degrees namely the LL.B, Law with Criminology, Law with Business, Law with International Business all of which have three or four year (including a Foundation Year) options. Bloomsbury also has a Business School with a growing portfolio of under-and post-graduate programmes. The Bloomsbury campus has extensive and strong links with a variety of law firms, barristers chambers and businesses for the benefit of its students. Its extensive range of external speakers’ talks and other employability-focused events provide students with the opportunity to forge links with legal practice and gain invaluable practice-related insights.
The University’s City of London campus is at Moorgate and provides for more than 1,000 students to meet the educational and training needs of future trainees and young professionals pursuing a career in law including those wishing to practice in the City. The campus is the largest law school in the City of London and it focuses on delivering postgraduate programmes including the Graduate Diploma in Law, MA Law, the Legal Practice Course and a range of LLMs. In addition the campus also delivers a suite of PSC and professional development courses in order to prepare junior lawyers for the exacting demands of contemporary practice by providing a full range of structured programmes.
Manchester has a thriving business and professional services sector. We enjoy strong links with law firms and businesses operating across the Northwest which is of great benefit to the students who choose to study here. Located on New York Street, the University is close to the legal and commercial city hub and is well connected in terms of transport links.
The Bristol campus is located near Temple Meads train station and is close to many key law firms in Bristol's fast expanding business district and close to the heart of the city centre. We enjoy strong links with firms operating across the South West region and our presence provides strong ties for the benefit of students who choose to study here.
The Leeds campus is located at 15-16 Park Row, one of the most prestigious streets in Leeds City centre, at the heart of its legal and business community and just five minutes’ walk from the train station. With over 200 law firms operating from the city, Leeds has been described by the UK Legal 500 as ‘second only to London’.
As at 2018, the campus currently offers the 3 year LLB (Hons) and 4 year LLB (Hons) with Foundation Year in Law, Law with Business and Law with Criminology; LPC, LPC LLM and LPC MSc (full time, part time day, part time evening and part time weekend); GDL (full time and part time evening); MA Law (full time); BPTC (full-time) and BPTC LLM (full-time) and Apprenticeships.
In collaboration with the University of Reading, students can now study for their GDL and LPC with the University of Law at the University of Reading’s London Road campus. Conveniently located in the south east of England in the beautiful surrounds of the University of Reading London Road campus, our team is continually developing and enhancing relationships with local firms for the benefit of students who choose to study here. The campus is close to Reading mainline train station and the town centre, as well as benefitting from a cafe and other facilities on the campus.
Opening up opportunities for students in the South West of England our Exeter campus is based at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus, alongside the University of Exeter’s own Law School. It is close to Exeter St David's train station and benefits from the proximity to cafes and other facilities on the campus.