International students

Our heritage and connections

A world-leading track record - how our heritage and connections can help you

Our origins go back over 100 years, and we have an unmatched reputation for excellence, innovative learning methods, industry connections and commitment to legal services.  

In addition, we are the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education and have trained thousands of international students on our LLB, Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Using our legal industry links we can advise on work experience, plus The University of Law runs the largest and most varied pro bono (unpaid legal work) programme in the UK.

To help you find the right job, you’ll have access to our leading legal careers service. Our careers advisers provide invaluable one-to-one guidance, and you’ll also have access to skills workshops and our unique online database, which contains information on legal positions, training contracts and pupillages.

In 2016, 96% of our full-time LPC students who passed the course in the summer were employed within nine months.

All of the above means that we’re better connected on the global legal stage, so you will be too, and why more than 1,000 students from 87 countries outside the UK choose to study at The University of Law.

Further information on our heritage and connections are provided in the sections below.
Our history 
The University of Law’s rich heritage includes a close association with the Law Society of England and Wales since the 1960s and becoming the first institution to develop law firm-specific postgraduate courses. 

In 2006, the University made UK history by becoming the first independent institution to be granted degree-awarding powers. In 2012, we were awarded University status and launched the first truly professional, two-year LLB undergraduate law degree, with our three-year LLB commencing in 2013.

A timeline of achievement

Our international connections 

The better connected you are, the better your career prospects. We have trained more lawyers than any other law school, so naturally our network is larger and runs deeper. That is why, through The University of Law, you will have local and global connections that help you go places, meet people and build a better career.

Our strong worldwide reputation is supported by close connections to the British Council. We continue to forge ever-closer links with other leading law schools around the world, such as IE University.   

The choice of leading international law firms

We work with 90 of the top 100 UK law firms, many of whom send their trainees and lawyers exclusively to us. In addition, we enjoy thriving relationships with hundreds of regional firms. So when you train with The University of Law, our network is your network – giving you contacts that can open doors to training contracts, jobs and career opportunities. 

Global connections

Powerful associations

Our international influence and global reputation for excellence has won us many high profile connections in the world of law. These links offer an unrivalled network of partner organisations that benefits both The University of Law and everyone who studies with us.

Links across the industry

From a long standing association with the Law Society of England & Wales, to our status as trusted partner to the UK’s most influential industry bodies, we play an active role in defining and influencing key developments in legal education. Industry partners including the Bar Council, the Practical Law Company and Solicitors in Local Government mean we can stay fully informed on policy and practice.

Influential partnerships

Across the world, a number of influential international legal organisations are helping to shape both our world view and the way we interact with an increasingly global legal market. Through the British Council, we’ve extended our international links introducing lawyers from all over the world to English law.

Education UK 

We are active members of Education UK, the British Council’s official body for international students looking for courses to study in the UK. We regularly attend and exhibit at Education UK fairs all over the world. This gives prospective students the chance to meet us and learn more about the programmes we have on offer.

For more information on Education UK, visit:

Exchanging insights 

We have forged close working links with IE University. Find out more about our Dual Degree LLB with IE University


For further assistance please email or call 0800 289 997 (UK) or +44 (0)1483 216 000 (International)