University of Law

The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education, known for its innovation. Its new Business School builds on the university's reputation for teaching, learning and outcomes for students, as reflected by a gold rating in the government-led Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017. Over 90% of legal tutors are qualified lawyers, whilst all business tutors have commercial experience.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


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


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

UCAS Code: L17

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Services and Facilities


  • Library teams provide a range of face-to-face and online support services to help students develop research skills to their full potential.
  • Online resources include leading legal and business databases, with access to over 20,000 e-books. These resources are available on and off campus so students can find what they want, when they need it.

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

  • With a team of over 30 experts, The University of Law has one of the largest legal careers and employability services in the UK.
  • The wide range of activities and services includes help with applications, CVs, covering letters, interview skills and techniques, along with one-to-one advice and guidance with professionally qualified, experienced careers advisors, whether 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.
  • Talks, guest lectures and networking sessions, from a range of employers and professional bodies.
  • JobSearch database with over 3,000 opportunities.

Counselling services

  • A Counselling Service is available to support students studying with the university. It offers a confidential space to talk through any concerns with a trained counselling professional at each campus.
  • 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. It works in partnership with the university to enhance the student and academic experience by having a strong representation of the student cohort.
  • Students can get involved as a Class Representative or in other roles, representing their campus at the Student Parliament. The Student Association Liberation Officer and Women's Officer lead the charge to continually encourage the university's broad representation of students.
  • Students can join a Student Association Events Committee to help develop a full and varied programme of extracurricular activities, clubs and societies. The exact mix of events varies at each campus, as it's all put together by the university's students.


  • 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.
  • In 2017 the university was awarded TEF Gold (Teaching Excellence Framework) for consistently excellent teaching, learning and outcomes.

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-Chairman 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.


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