The University of Law

United Kingdom


The University of Law was founded in 1962 as The College of Law of England and Wales, but its origins lie in the firm Gibson and Weldon which dates back to 1876. It gained university degree-awarding powers and changed its name in 2012. It has nine campuses in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate), Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield as well as Berlin and Hong Kong.

It has around 8,000 students across its campuses, including international students from more than 100 countries. It is the largest provider of legal education in the UK. However, because of its size and specialist nature, it does not feature in rankings of world universities from the Times Higher Education Supplement or QS World University Rankings.

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The University of Law has a vast network in the legal industry and delivers legal training to 94 of the top 100 law firms. It also has exclusive relationships with 60 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms in the UK. 

The university offers specialist innovative teaching and strong links with professional bodies, law firms, businesses, and chambers across the world. It also uses the unique and innovative Prepare, Engage, Consolidate (PEC) learning model, amongst several others.

The University of Law earned 5 Stars in the QS World University Rankings. It also gained specific 5 Star ratings for teaching, employability, online learning and academic development and 4 Stars for internationalisation.


The University of Law has one one of the largest careers services in the UK and has trained more practising lawyers and business professionals than anywhere else. In 2019/20, 94% of postgraduate students were in highly skilled occupations within 15 months of graduating. It is so confident that students will succeed with its LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2), LPC or PG Business courses, that it offers an Employment Promise. If students don’t get a job in the first nine months after graduating, they will receive their course fees back - up to 50% as cash back and 50% as credit towards another course.


The University of Law acceptance rate is between 10-20%.