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University of Law

The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education and training in the UK. It has campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham, as well as its GDL and LPC courses being taught in 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.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Specialist
Specialist

Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

Alternative Provider
Alternative Provider

The university does not receive direct public funding

UCAS Code: L17

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • At campus libraries, students can tap into the knowledge of experienced librarians. The library team provides a range of face-to-face and online support services to enable students to develop their research skills to their full potential.
  • Online resources include professional legal and business databases, providing access to over 20,000 e-books.

Student jobs

  • The university's JobSearch database gives access to over 3,000 opportunities, from work experience and paralegal positions to training contracts and pupillage vacancies.

Careers advice

  • The University of Law and The University of Law Business School maintain a focus on students' future employability, to equip them with the knowledge and skills to fulfil their career ambitions.
  • With a team of over 30 experts it provides one of the largest university legal careers services in the UK. There is also a team of experienced business employment advisers. The university's commitment to one-to-one guidance from specialist careers advisers and practising solicitors offers students a great start to their career.
  • The range of activities and services includes help with applications, CVs, covering letters, interview skills and techniques. One-to-one advice is offered face-to-face, by telephone or email/ Skype.
  • Practical skills development sessions are built into the curriculum. The Student Employability Programme (StEP) is the university's specialist online legal careers programme. A large and varied pro bono programme has up to 3,500 opportunities to gain exposure to life as a lawyer.
  • The university also hosts talks, guest lectures and networking sessions from a range of employers and professional bodies.

Health services

  • The university's support teams provide advice and guidance for a range of student needs, whether it be research, health or personal well-being.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A Counselling Service is available to help and support students if required, offering a confidential space to talk through any concerns with a trained professional.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • All students are given every opportunity to take full advantage The University of Law's facilities and services. The Disability Support Service is dedicated to managing any requirements students may have during their studies, including temporary assistance due to injury or illness.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

Students' Union

  • All students are automatically members of the university’s Student Association (SA). The SA works to enhance the student and academic experience by representing the student cohort in all university matters.
  • Students can join a Student Association events committee and work with fellow students to develop a full and varied programme of extracurricular activities, clubs, societies and more. The exact mix of events and clubs varies at each campus, depending on what students want.
  • Students can get involved as a class representative or even a student association vice president if they wish to represent their campus and attend the student parliament. Online students can also apply for various positions and can dial in to student parliament meetings or access minutes of meetings online.

History

  • The University of Law can trace its origins to 1876 with the formation of leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon, which resulted in the establishment of The College of Law in 1962. It was granted university status in 2012, changing its name to The University of Law.
  • In 2012, The University of Law became the first university to be granted an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence, allowing students to work on real pro bono cases during their studies.
  • The University of Law was awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) in June 2019. It was found to deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
 

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Law has a legal Alternative Business Structure licence granted; this allows their students to work on real pro bono cases. Degree apprenticeships are also offered by the university.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sadiq Khan – mayor of London, former UK minister of transport and community.
  • Baroness Sayeedi Warsi – former co-chair of the Conservative Party.
  • Keith Vaz – MP for Leicester East.
  • Cherie Blair, CBE QC – barrister.
  • Graham Francis Defries, QC – lawyer and cartoonist.
  • Sylvia Hermon – MP for North Down.
  • Bryan Ian Le Marquand – minister for Home Affairs for States of Jersey and former magistrate.
  • Baron John Widgery, Kt OBE TD PC QC – judge and former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
  • Caroline Kennedy – associate general counsel, Facebook.
  • Mariam Munang – associate legal officer, United Nations.

Address

The University of Law, Braboeuf Manor, Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HA