Studying at Bristol

The University of Law Bristol

Bristol is the South West’s commercial hub. The University of Law Bristol is located in Temple Quarter, Bristol’s legal and financial heartland. Although compact in size, Bristol is a dynamic and exciting place to be. We hold regular Open Days and can also offer Campus Visits at a time to suit you, email to book.

Getting to the Bristol Campus

The University of Law
Temple Circus
Temple Way

The University is located in the Temple Circus area of the city, with good links by public transport.

By train
The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads (five minute walk). Download directions on foot from Bristol Temple Meads Station.

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

Parking at the campus is very limited and we can only offer spaces to registered disabled drivers, subject to availability.Please contact

However, there are a number of public car parks in the immediate vicinity of the University.

Public transport - useful links

We are committed to supporting sustainable travel and Bristol City Council’s environmental agenda. We strongly recommend that all visitors and users of the campus use the ample public transport links.

To find out more about things to do in the local area, click here.

I cannot fault Bristol's tutor team or their campus dean, as they have given everything.

Callum Russell , GDL student, 2014/15

Come and meet us at one of our undergraduate or postgraduate open days where you'll meet our staff and students, and experience life studying with us first-hand.

Book an open day or event here


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 Bristol
  • Useful information about things to do and see around the Bristol Campus
  • Property listings search for students who have accepted at the Bristol 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’.

Practice awareness and outside speaker presentations

A range of practising lawyers visit The University of Law Bristol during the year to give presentations. These focus both on key issues affecting lawyers generally and on specific areas of legal practice. Recent presentations include: ‘A Day in the Life of a Property Lawyer’, ‘Ask The Experts’ featuring lawyers from a number of practice areas, and ‘A Day in the Life of a Family Lawyer’. Other speakers include a local prospective parliamentary candidate and a lawyer from the Competition & Markets Authority.

Careers Workshops

Our highly valued employability team offer students a range of opportunities to our students including access to events such ‘What Makes a Good Application?’, ‘Top Tips for Gaining Work Experience,’ and ‘Assessment Centres’, some of which are delivered by recruitment teams from local firms.

Court visits

The University has strong links with the judicial community in Bristol and arranges visits to the various courts and tribunals in the city. Students feedback on their experiences at an annual event attended by their fellow students and tutors.

Legal News

Students have the opportunity to practice the skill of legal writing by editing and writing our regular University of Law Bristol newsletter.


Skills of oral persuasion are central to the role of lawyers. Mooting is an activity aimed at developing your skills of legal argument in a court room setting. Like any other skill, the more you practise, the better you get. We hold in-house training and a competition and also assist students wishing to take part in national events.

Share race

Every year our students have the chance to hone their investment skills by investing a virtual £10,000 into stocks and shares of their choice. The team whose virtual investments have been the most successful by the end of the year win the share race challenge prize. This is a good opportunity for students to build their commercial awareness skills.


We negotiate in all types of situation, whether it is the fine detail of a contract, or the terms of settlement of a dispute. We offer negotiation training and the opportunity to take part in an in house competition. We also assist students wishing to take part in national events.


This popular programme gives students the opportunity to visit local schools and charities to deliver a presentations on legal topic. This is part of a wider award winning pro bono programme in which are students are encouraged to take part.

Charity Challenge

Bristol Campus’ Charity Challenge involves students competing, in teams, to make the most money for a charity of their choice, and to win the Charity Challenge Cup. Students have come up with a variety of innovative ways of raising money, including bake sales, bag packing and even abseiling down the Avon Gorge!

Annual law fair and networking event

Each autumn, the Bristol centre holds its annual law fair. The centre is packed with stalls manned by representatives from law firms across the region. Our students have the opportunity to chat to them, to practice their networking skills, and to find out more about each firm. In the Spring, we also hold a paralegal law fair.   


The Careers and Employability team at The University of Law Bristol includes an experienced legal careers consultant, who is on hand to give you advice and guidance on your first steps to your career in law. Visit resources and facilities to find out more.

Pro bono

The University of Law has an award winning pro bono service. The programmes on offer vary from year-to-year, but we will always provide a range of options designed to enhance the employability of our students.  Our current offer includes:

Legal Advice Clinic (LAC)

Members of the public visit our legal advice clinic for face-to-face meetings on a range of legal matters. Advice is provided to them either directly from a qualified solicitor or in the form of a letter prepared by students further to research. Students will attend the client interview, be involved in the research of the relevant areas of law and drafting of the advice. Our legal advice clinics are in partnership with charities and legal advice centres in the locale offering services to those with real need.

LiP Service

This scheme is run in collaboration with students from Bristol University, UWE and the local Bristol Family & Civil Court. Since significant legal aid cutbacks were made under LASPO the numbers of litigants in person (LIPs) attending civil and family courts have dramatically increased. Many of these people find themselves lost in the system with very little understanding of basic procedure and what is required. Students deliver information sessions to LiPs about the court process. Sessions run each week at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and generally last 40 minutes. We introduced this scheme last year. In April it was shortlisted for an Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Award.

Law Advice Service (CAS)

Our Criminal Law Advice Service is operated in collaboration with charities in the locale. Students are notified of criminal law enquiries from service users and will research the relevant areas of law requiring advice, be present during the advising of the client and will draft a follow up letter of advice.

Duty Solicitor Shadowing

Students are given the opportunity to shadow a Duty Solicitor in the Magistrates’ Courts in Bristol . The clients attending may be either on bail or in custody. Students will be present while clients are interviewed and instructions taken and then will be in court for the hearing. Post hearing, research is undertaken by students on issues arising and sentencing guidelines. Students will develop skills such as drafting attendance notes and conducting specific research. 

Your day in court 

Students will shadow a solicitor or barrister in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court. The opportunity allows students to gain an understanding of court process and legal issues in addition to seeing legal skills in practice.


This is a fantastic opportunity to put a range of legal skills into practice. Students work in small groups to research and prepare interactive workshops on a legal topic appropriate to their allocated audience. To date workshops have been delivered in schools, community groups and partner charities. As well as developing skills such as advocacy and legal research the interactive nature of the opportunity makes it rewarding.

Personal Support Unit

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 and the service is offered equally to anyone who asks. Requests vary from the very simple to the complex. The overall aim of the charity is to help litigants to better understand the court process. The PSU is based at the Bristol Civil and Family Court Centre. Students volunteer with the PSU and commit to a minimum of 20 days over the academic year.

Recovery College at St Mungo’s

The Recovery College at St Mungo’s offers service users the opportunity to learn and gain new life skills. It is a concept, which it is hoped, will encourage confidence, build social relationships and a sense of purpose and gives service users a greater ability to manage their own lives. Students deliver three separate sessions as part of the Recovery College programme on improving communication skills, including negotiation and debate. Students develop the sessions and support the Recovery College participants.

Amnesty International Write for Rights

Students partake in a letter-writing scheme on behalf of Amnesty International, which culminates on International Human Rights Day in December when hundreds of thousands of letters or e-mails worldwide are sent on behalf of perceived injustice. The letters are aimed at persuading government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called "prisoners of conscience" by Amnesty), stop the use of torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses. Letter writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International's human rights campaigning. This scheme runs November to December. Students will gain an insight into human rights issues via this opportunity and will develop objective drafting and communication skills. 

Legal Advocacy Support Project 

This opportunity is in collaboration with the Avon & Bristol Law Centre. Their LASP scheme is an award winning, hugely successful and respected project that has attracted national press attention. With agencies such as Law Centres and advice centres facing cuts to funding, coupled with the significant increase in benefit appeals, there is a desperate shortage of resources (people) to meet the demand for legal advice and representation with benefit appeals. Therefore, the Legal Advocacy and Support Project aims to make use of law students to increase the availability of effective advice and advocacy to ESA appellants. 

It’s not all work. You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in a rich sporting and social life at The University of Law in Bristol.

Student Social Committee 

The student-led Social Committee organise a variety of events throughout the year. The Bristol Campus’ Winter Ball is a popular event with students and staff alike, matched only by the summer party (sometimes on a boat!)

Student Societies

Our students also have the opportunity to join various clubs such as football, yoga, squash, poker, and human rights.  We also have a netball team who take part in a corporate league organised by one of the local law firms.

The Bristol Campus has got a fantastic location in the heart of Bristol's law firms. The travel links are fantastic.

The campus is also very modern with extensive facilities including a cafe library and IT facilities.

Melissa King , LPC student
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