Studying at Manchester
The University of Law Manchester
Manchester is the biggest city in the vibrant North West and has one of the largest student communities in the UK. The University of Law’s Manchester Campus is located in the heart of the city, close to leading law firms.
Perfect for student life, Manchester is a city alive with character. It's rich in art, Fashion, heritage and as proud of its music scene as it is of its football teams.
From real ale pubs to cutting-edge clubbing, Manchester's nightlife is as varied as it is exciting. Experience the atmosphere at one of Britain’s most famous gay villages or spend the day rummaging through the cool shops of the bohemian Northern Quarter. Art lover? Head straight to The Lowry. This iconic gallery is home to the world’s largest collection of works by LS Lowry, one of the best loved British (Manchester based) artists of the 20th century. Near by find the impressive Imperial War Museum North and both BBC and ITV Centres.
The city’s location in the north-west of England also makes it a great base for walking the Pennines – a rugged mountain range described as the backbone of England and you can be there in a very quick train journey. http://www.visitmanchester.com/
Courses available at our Manchester campus
- LLB (Hons) Law
- LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
- Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
- Legal Practice Course (LPC)
- Professional Skills Course (PSC)
- Professional Development (PD)
- Master of Arts in Law (MA Law)
Getting to the Manchester Campus
The University of Law
2 New York Street
The Manchester Campus is located in the city centre, with easy access by road and public transport.
If travelling by car, you can use the embedded map for directions, or the larger map to plan your journey. Please note that there is no on-site car parking available. However there is an NCP car park on your left just past the University.
By public transportFor up-to-date timetables on all of Manchester’s public transport go to the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
The nearest train station is Manchester Piccadilly, which is approximately 10 minute walk from the campus. Follow signs to Piccadilly Gardens. Once there you should see our building with our name on the side on the right hand side. Alternatively, taxi services are available underneath the station. Here are some useful links to help plan your train journey:
The nearest bus stop is Piccadilly Gardens, which is a short walk from the campus. Here are some useful links to help you plan your bus journey:
By airInformation on travelling to Manchester by air can be found on the Manchester Airport website.
More informationAccess to The University of Law Manchester is via a secure access card system. If you do not have a card, a ground floor reception is manned during open hours which you can contact via the intercom system.
We guarantee you an offer of accommodation in the first year of your LLB if you have accepted with us by 31 March 2018*
I am glad I came here. The Manchester Campus is the perfect size meaning we all have a great working relationship with the staff.William Quamina , GDL student, 2014/15
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 Manchester
- Useful information about things to do and see around the Manchester Campus
- Property listings search for students who have accepted at the Manchester 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 offer undergraduate students at our Manchester Campus reserved accommodation.
Located just a 15 minute walk from the University of Law in Manchester, Manchester Court is a lively student accommodation complex, placing you right in the middle of city life. The modern and stylishly decorated flats and studios provide all the comforts of home, helping you to quickly settle in and get ready to start your LLB.
Your flat or studio
If you opt for a bedroom in a shared flat you can expect to share a flat with other University of Law undergraduate students, so you’ll have something in common with your new flatmates right from the start.
- Modern fitted kitchen with washer/dryer
- Lounge area with comfy sofas, flat screen TV
- Fully furnished bedroom including study area
- Shower Room and/or full bathroom in each flat
- High speed internet
- Dedicated student accommodation hospitality team.
Rent at Manchester Court is from £126 per week for 48 weeks. Rent is payable in full for the year, in three or ten instalments. Rent includes all utilities, broadband and contents insurance.
For more information on guaranteed accommodation for undergraduate students, please see http://www.wearehomesforstudents.com/manchester-manchester-court.
Please note that all arrangements and the entire contract for your accommodation is between you and Homes for Student Accommodation.
Getting to The University of Law Manchester Centre
There are great transport links. The newly re-opened Victoria Metrolink stop that’s just five minutes' walk can take you right to the University of Law centre. A short bus ride from the city centre will take you to the bustling student area of Fallowfield. There are plenty of bars, clubs, theatres and restaurants nearby including the lively Northern Quarter, meaning that everything Manchester has to offer is within easy reach.
*Our guarantee of an offer of accommodation may either be at any advertised accommodation provider, subject to availability, or in the event that the advertised accommodation provider is not available, we shall guarantee you an offer of accommodation at an alternative UK leading student accommodation provider.
Below are some of the activities we run at The University of Law Manchester:
Mooting and negotiation competitions
Persuasive communication are central to the roles of a lawyer. We negotiate in all types of situation, whether it is the fine detail of a contract, or the terms of settlement of a dispute.
Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court.
Like any other skill, the more you practise negotiating and mooting, the better you get. We hold in-house competitions and also assist students wishing to take part in national events.
Share race competitions
As part of its practice related activity programme, the Manchester Campus runs a Share Race Investment Game, in association with wealth management firms, Dewhurst Torevell and Quilter Cheviot.
The Race is also supported by a national law firm. The Race provides the opportunity for small teams of students to spend four months managing virtual portfolios of £100,000 by actively trading shares from the FTSE 100.
The teams’ performance and investment decisions are scrutinised by a professional investment panel at monthly performance presentations.
At the end of the Race, teams provide final presentations and three prizes are awarded; one for the highest valuation, one for the team which demonstrates the best overall investment process and an outstanding student award.
Last year, the winning teams spent a day at Chester Races, courtesy of the sponsors.
The Race provides a unique opportunity for students to gain a genuine and realistic insight into the financial markets and the factors which influence share values and investment decisions.
Last year’s students found it a rewarding and valuable experience which proved useful during the interview and assessment process.
Hunting for a job in law is competitive, so you need to develop the skills and confidence to enter and win the competition that is the legal job market!
We help you do this by running a number of competitions throughout the year (but concentrating in the latter half of the year) on such varied subjects as negotiating and mooting.
Manchester enterprise competition
The enterprise competition is a great way to refine your communication, presentation and business skills whilst at the same time, giving back to the community.
This competition challenges classes to compete for the most successful charity event of the year. We see fantastic events such as pub quizzes, gig nights and sports events. Students interact with local business to arrange these events.
At the end of the year the classes present to a panel of local solicitors and staff as to why their event was successful. As well as raising money and awareness for charities, students also receive prizes such as bar tabs.
We have strong links with the judicial community in Manchester and will be arranging visits to the various courts in the city, including the internationally acclaimed Civil Justice Centre in Spinningfields and the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
We will also help you to arrange your own visits to other courts that reflect your areas of interest.
We have an annual prize giving event in February/March for the students who achieve the highest marks in each of the subjects. The prizes are sponsored by several firms and other legal organisations.
The prize giving is a fantastic event attended by tutors, sponsors, local legal professionals, students and their guests. This is an enjoyable occasion where everyone can celebrate individual student achievements.
The University would like its students to have many opportunities to develop the skills of a lawyer and the ability to debate and ‘think on your feet’ is one of the most significant of those skills.
Debating allows students to practice and improve presentation, reasoning and analytical skills with fellow students. We are delighted to have a vibrant Debating Society which is led by a team of enthusiastic and engaging students from across all of the courses at the Manchester Campus.
Facilitated by the University, the society meet frequently to choose potential topics for events and host engaging debates at which all are welcome to attend.
The Careers and Employability team at The University of Law Manchester includes a team of experienced legal careers consultants, who are 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.
Links with employers
We have an outstanding and ever expanding network of links with local employers and business organisations. We recognise that the better connected we are, the more likely it is that you will achieve your career goals.
With this in mind, our tutors attend a wide range of networking events within the local legal and business communities in Manchester. We are always looking for ways to work with these organisations, to benefit our students.
We host a number of events for the business and legal community. We often use these as opportunities to allow our students to network.
Employer talks and outside speaker programme
Our Employability team host presentations from a wide range of leading lawyers from local and national firms during the year.
These focus both on key issues affecting lawyers generally and in specific areas of legal practice. This programme enables you to gather key tips on what is going on in the legal marketplace and how to be a part of it.
The Manchester Employability Service organises a popular and successful mentoring scheme for LPC and GDL students. We match you with a mentor who works in the legal profession and can help build confidence and self-esteem through familiarity with legal practice.
The scheme can give you an insight into the workings of a firm and how to succeed in your career. We have developed links with mentors from all over the North West and in a wide variety of practice areas. We will endeavour to match you with a mentor with similar career interests and experiences.
The Manchester Employability Service, in conjunction with Slater and Gordon Solicitors, has organised an exclusive work experience opportunity for our GDL and LPC students.
One week work experience with a leading National law firm gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a legal office, and put the skills they have learnt during their course, to the test.
The University of Law has an award winning pro bono service. Below are details of some of the schemes we have run in Manchester. There are changes year-to-year, but we will always provide a range of options designed to enhance the employability of our students.
Legal Advice Centre (LAC)
We run two LACs. The first is a general clinic offering advice on most areas of law and the other one is a specialist clinic offering advice on family law problems.
Students interview clients in pairs to obtain details of the case and then work together to produce a letter of advice, all under the supervision of qualified lawyers. You gain interviewing, drafting and file management skills through this hands-on experience.
Streetlaw is a community legal education scheme that raises awareness of legal rights and responsibilities within the community by providing workshops on various legal topics. Individual organisations choose the topic for their workshop, often in areas of law such as Human Rights, Police Powers, Criminal Law and Consumer Law.
You work in a team to produce an interactive workshop on a legal topic. Skills acquired include team work, research practice and presentation/communication techniques.
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)
NCDV helps victims of domestic abuse get injunctions against their abuser. You will interview clients over the telephone and draft the witness statement they will use in court.
You will learn how to interview clients generally, how to conduct telephone interviews and how to deal with clients who are upset. You will also learn how to draft witness statements for use in court.
We currently offer shadowing opportunities in the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal, the Coroner's Court and the Crown Court.
You will shadow a judge for a day, speaking to them about the cases they have listed for that day, reviewing the files, sitting in on the hearings and then discussing their decisions.
Personal Support Unit (PSU)
The PSU provides practical support to litigants in person appearing in the civil courts.
You will speak to clients before their hearing, explain what will happen in court, put their documents in order, accompany them during the hearing and then explain to them what happened in court and what their options are.
Full training is provided. You must commit to volunteer at least two days in every month over the course of the academic year.
Here at Manchester we are very proud of our student activities and societies. We like to have a strong social spirit in our student body and make sure everyone gets involved and interacts.
You will have many opportunities to get involved in a rich sporting and social life at the Manchester Campus, which is well recognised within its student population as having an outstanding social environment.
You will have the opportunity to join our leading Student Activities Committee and develop a full and varied programme that could include any activity from welcome parties, live music events, quiz nights, balls, parties and theatre visits to a chess league. There’s something for everyone and the emphasis is on developing activities to suit you.
Our sports teams enter into local university and inter-university tournaments. Here’s a sample of some of the sports and social activities:
- Social nights
- Student balls
- Networking events
- Theatre club
- Dance club
- Cheese and wine Society
- LGBTQ society
- Amnesty International
- Student Newspaper
- Conversational German
- Creative Writing
- Tennis club
- Football team
- Baguettes and Berets – French society
- Rugby team
- Netball team
- Sports day
- Legal walk
- Charitable events
- And many more…
And if there is anything you don’t see when you get here that you would like… let’s set it up!
The student services team is dedicated to making sure your time with us is well spent and well enjoyed.