London and England Law Schools

By | June 10, 2014

Cardiff Law School is a large, well-resourced centre of excellence which plays a full role in serving the University in its mission as one of the UK’s leading research institutions. In both the 1996 and 2002 Research Assessment Exercises, the Law School was graded ‘5’ confirming the School’s reputation for international excellence. The School’s international reputation is reflected in the number of distinguished academics visiting from all over the world, a number of leading law journals based and edited in the School and it being the home of a range of highly regarded research centres such as BRASS, the Centre for Law & Religion and Family Studies Centre.

The Lincoln Law School provides both LLB and joint honours degrees in Law. All of its Law degrees are qualifying degrees recognised by the Law Society and the Bar Council. It also currently offers an LLM Programme in European Law. The school enjoys excellent support from the legal professions in the region and there is a lively programme of activities in addition to formal programmes of study.

Law, of course, is naturally exciting, being so intimately connected with the thoughts and actions of human beings. And we in the Sussex Law School (“SLS”) regard it as one of our responsibilities to convey a sense of this excitement as part of the education we provide. We are mindful of the many functions of a legal education. Some of our graduates will go on to practise law, some will play a significant role in public and private industry, others will undertake postgraduate study and research in law. Whatever your future path we are committed to ensuring that your time in SLS will be rewarding, intellectually stimulating and will provide the best platform for a successful career.

The Bristol University Law School is one of the largest and most successful in the UK. In the years that I have worked here, it has developed from being a leading UK law school delivering high quality undergraduate teaching into a school with an international reputation for its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and for the research produced by its staff. For those of you who are considering studying with us we offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which have been designed to develop a student’s skills.

Our undergraduate and specialist postgraduate programmes enable you to tailor your studies to suit your particular interests. We have well established arrangements which give our undergraduates the opportunity of spending part of their studies in a university in Europe, Singapore or Japan. Our students, who come to us from many different countries as well as from the UK, are much sought after by employers in the legal and other professions.

Buckingham Law School’s approach to the teaching and learning of law is traditional in the best sense of the word. The majority of our students, whether from Britain or overseas, intend to enter the profession and the School aims to produce confident, competent lawyers, able to practise anywhere in the world. To achieve this, teaching is conducted in small tutorial groups with about five students in each. This allows students to develop their skills in a friendly environment where teachers are able to get to know them personally. Indeed, the School prides itself on the availability of the staff to help the students with their studies.

The Faculty currently employs around 130 academic and 45 technical and administrative support staff across the two main campuses (Cambridge and Chelmsford) with substantial additional numbers of part-time hourly paid staff. It presently teaches over 4,000 students, of which approximately 450 follow taught postgraduate programmes. There are around 60 students registered for a research degree (MPhil or PhD); strategies are in place to double that number by 2008. The Faculty has an expanding international recruitment, attracting students both from overseas and from other European countries. In Cambridge in particular, the large number of international students gives the campus a truly cosmopolitan flavour.

There are at present 16 professors, 10 readers, and over 70 other University, Faculty and College Teaching Officers. They include specialists in almost every aspect of English law and its history, the laws of other countries (especially European), European Community law, public and private international law, Roman law, legal philosophy, and criminology. At any one time around 6% of undergraduates are reading law. The student body, which is one of the largest of any law school in the United Kingdom, comprises nearly 740 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. Graduates from the Faculty are prominent in academic life, in the judiciary, and in both branches of the legal profession. Cambridge judicial alumni include a former President as well as a current member of the International Court of Justice, two former judges of the European Court of Justice, and several members of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and of the Court of Appeal.

The Department of Law at the University of Essex has a deserved international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The Department’s teaching was rated as Excellent by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 1993 The quality of our research earned us a 5 rating in the 2001 Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise Many of our staff have made a distinguished contribution to legal scholarship, which is reflected in our teaching The Department achieved an overall satisfaction score of 4.2 out of 5, in the 2006 National Student Survey The Department of Law also offers the oldest-established human rights law degree in the United Kingdom, the LLM in International Human Rights Law. The Department of Law contributes to most of the teaching. It is taught by one of the strongest teams of academic, professionally-experienced, human rights lawyers in the country.

Law has been taught at Coventry University for over forty years and continues to be highly popular. Coventry University Law School prides itself on the good relationship between staff and students and in providing friendly, accessible staff to support students through their studies. The School offers a range of stimulating undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes which are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet the requirements of our students and the legal profession. At undergraduate level we offer both LLB and BA Law degrees. All of the LLB degrees offered at Coventry University are recognised by the Law Society and General Council of the Bar. These programmes provide students with a Qualifying Law Degree which satisfies the Academic Stage of Training for those who wish to enter the legal profession.

The Law School was established in 1969 and has since developed into one of the leading law schools in the UK. Its teaching standards and research quality consistently receive high ratings, and the University itself ranks amongst the leading half-dozen research and teaching institutions in the UK. The contextual approach has been developed at Warwick for over twenty-five years. Our aim is to avoid treating law as if it can be separated from other aspects of society.

Our Legal Practice Course was ‘Highly Commended’ in 5 out of 6 categories by the Law Society. We are Intellectual Property WorldLeaders. Professor Martin Kretschmer and Professor Ruth Soetendorp were awarded the prestigious Informa WorldLeaders European Intellectual Property Award for their work in IP education and training. The latest figures show that we are well above the national average with our graduate employment rate of 85%. Our staff participate in national and international conferences and have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and professional trade press. We have a thriving research community of academics and research staff working in a range of key, topical fields including employment, public law, company law, intellectual property, corporate governance and human rights.

The School consists of some 550 undergraduates and about 100 postgraduates, with around 35 teaching members, including 7 Professors. In our undergraduate degree courses, and at postgraduate level, we offer a wide variety of subjects The teaching and research interests of our staff range across the entire spectrum of legal topics. We were one of the first university Law Schools to teach EU Law and there is a Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) established within the School.

The College of Law is the largest provider of legal training in Europe and in the past five years alone, has trained over 50,000 lawyers from around the UK and overseas. Our reputation for excellence is unrivaled. This is born out of the fact that the law is our sole focus. We don’t teach accountancy or marketing or anything else for that matter. Law is all we do. And we have been doing it for longer than anyone else too.

Law has been a part of the University’s portfolio almost since its foundation, with Law and Language combined programmes dating from the 1960s. Over recent years legal education at Surrey has undergone rapid expansion with undergraduate programmes in Law with International Studies and single honours Law now also being offered, as well as a range of postgraduate programmes and research opportunities. In recognition of this, as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the University, Law at Surrey became a School of Law in 2007.

The Law School was voted 8th overall for student satisfaction out of all English Law Schools (59) in the 2006 National Student Survey (NSS). The Times ranked the Law School in top five based on the results.

At the Law School of Lancaster University, located near the historic city of Lancaster, we seek to build on our international reputation in the teaching of law and legal research. The Law School has been graded 5 (Excellent) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. We emphasise the need for a deep understanding of law. This requires mastering the technical study of law, but also appreciating how law relates to wider concerns. Law should be studied in its cultural, political, social and economic contexts, in a manner which is theoretically informed and practically relevant. We also believe in the need to address law in the light of European and International developments.

Leeds Law School at Leeds Metropolitan University offers a full range of legal education and training, providing a friendly and supportive teaching environment for over 1,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 93 per cent of undergraduate students are in employment or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.

The University of Leicester is a leading UK University with a proud past and an exciting future. We deliver high quality undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education and create research that has impact internationally. Our research changes the world. According to Thomson Scientific, Leicester has the tenth highest number of highly cited researchers amongst the UK’s universities. The discovery of DNA Genetic Fingerprinting is our most famous research achievement, but our world class research stretches across the Arts, science, medicine, law, education, biological sciences and social sciences. The University has the joint highest scores for overall student satisfaction in England amongst mainstream universities (National Student Survey 2007). Leicester’s student completion rate amongst the very highest.

The School provides undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional degree programmes in law, legal practice and criminal justice. It also offers opportunities to study for an MPhil or PhD by research. School staff are engaged in a wide range of law and criminal justice research and the School hosts the Centre for Criminal Justice.

World class teaching and research Teaching is provided by experts in their respective fields of law, and the staff includes eight professors of law and five senior lecturers. Students benefit from a dedicated staff who maintain a high degree of professionalism, whilst relating to students on a personal level. The School also enjoys an excellent reputation in research, and believes that scholarship drives good teaching practice. The Higher Education Funding Council in England rated the teaching in the Liverpool Law School as “excellent”, a grade awarded only to a minority of law schools in England.

The City Law School is one of London’s major law schools, offering an impressive range of academic and professional programmes. We are the first law school in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education. Our distinguished history charts a long commitment to new ideas and innovation in the study and practice of law.

If you choose to study law at The City Law School, you will have access to the full range of legal education and training, ranging from undergraduate degrees (including opportunities to study abroad), through conversion programmes for non-lawyers, to the vocational stage training required to become a barrister or solicitor. We also aim to provide the best support we can for our students to ensure that your experience with us is as good as it can be. In particular we place great emphasis on careers support to help you find the right job for you after you have qualified.

The Law School has been an established and growing centre of law teaching for 40 years. Our wide range of law degrees gives an excellent start for a career in law and in many other legal aspects of business as well as many other careers in a friendly, productive and supportive law school.


The Department of Law, Governance and International Relations brings together a wide spectrum of subject expertise, combining professionally recognised qualifications with an innovative and socially orientated range of courses. There are 105 full-time lecturers and over 1,700 undergraduates on courses ranging from law, politics, governance, international relations and development studies to European studies. We have a substantial intake of students onto postgraduate and professional courses, including the CPE (conversion course) and Legal Practice Course.


The Law Department is one of the largest in the School. Its special place in a school of social sciences has given legal studies in the Department a distinctive, interdisciplinary character. The Law Department has played a major role in policy debates and policy-making and in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.

    • London South Bank University – Law Department
      103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, There has never been a better time to study law at LSBU. In 2005/06 we celebrated 30 years of our LLB programme, LSBU was ranked 8 th in the country for graduate starting salaries and our most famous graduate, Bridget Prentice, MP for Lewisham East, was appointed Minster for Legal Aid at the Department of Constitutional Affairs. As well as offering an excellent legal education, the Law Department aims to be a Community Law School – encouraging students in local schools to aspire to higher education, training the local lawyers who provide access to justice for all and supporting our students to fulfil their ambitions to succeed in their chosen careers.

    • Queen Mary University of London – Faculty of Law
      Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7882 3282The School of Law is one of the six law schools in the federal University of London. Since 1965 we have established ourselves as a centre of national and international excellence in legal study and research. The School was awarded a 5* grading (the highest possible) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. In the official National Student Survey published in October 2006 we were rated in the top five law schools.

    • University of Bedfordshire Law School
      Park Square, Luton LU1 3JU, Phone: +44 (0) 1582 489319The School of Law is a small, friendly and vibrant teaching unit. The team prides itself on its student-centred learning experience. The School of Law has been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency who was impressed that our students were so quick to praise the quality of our teaching. We endevour to stretch the student experience beyond simply the academic stage of training future lawyers. We also offer a rich and diverse learning experience that develops student potential. It equips the student for the modern commercial world as well as providing life-long skills.

    • Manchester University – Faculty of Law
      Williamson Building.oxford Road, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Phone: +44 (0) 161 306 1271Legal education has been provided at Manchester since 1872 and the highest standards of legal studies have been maintained over the years.

Law at Brunel has been taught in the former Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since the opening of the University in 1966. A full Law Degree was introduced in 1969; the first degrees were awarded in 1973. August 2004 saw the creation of the School of Social Sciences and Law and a major expansion in the Law staff to its current size. Brunel Law School was created in October 2006. During this time, Brunel has established itself as a major player in the UK law research landscape and is now ranked in the top ten in the UK for research. Students are the first beneficiaries of this research culture. At Brunel great importance is attached to the quality of both teaching and research.

The Department of Law at Middlesex University has been teaching law for almost 30 years; we have been teaching the flagship LLB programme for longer than many other London universities. We have built a deserved reputation for excellence in teaching and an active research base and attract a diverse mix of students from across the world. We take great pride in providing friendly, accessible staff to support our students through their studies.

    • Newcastle Law School
      Ellison Building, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, Phone: +44 (0) 191 222 7624

The Newcastle Law School is the longest established law school in the North East of England, Law has been taught at Newcastle since 1923. In 2002, re-structuring created a new faculty, in which Newcastle Law School is one of nine constituent Schools. Newcastle law school boasts a number of recognised international and national experts in a wide variety of areas of legal scholarship; ranging from Common and Chancery law, to International and European law, as well as contextual, socio-legal and theoretical legal studies.

The Law School admitted its first students in 1977. It is now a well-established and thriving Law School with an excellent reputation for the quality of its research and teaching and of its students and graduates. By British standards, the School is a medium sized law school. It has 23 full-time members of faculty who are assisted by 12 part-timers. There are plans to augment the number of faculty substantially over the next few years. Some 760 students are registered in the Law School of whom about 590 are studying for one of the LLB degrees, 28 for the diploma in legal studies and just under 100 are doing taught postgraduate programmes. There are a further 54 research, visiting and exchange students.

Nottingham Law School is a leading provider of structured professional education and training for those connected with legal practice throughout their careers. We are one of the largest and most diverse law schools in the UK. We have a good reputation in research, achieving a ‘Grade 4’ rating in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2001). Our focus on applied research of immediate professional and client relevance has attracted leading-edge projects from law firms and their clients, government and industry both in the UK and internationally.

Law has been taught in Oxford for some 850 years. For centuries law meant Roman law. The idea of bringing the common law into the university was conceived here in the eighteenth century and realized in 1758 when Sir William Blackstone became the first Vinerian Professor of English Law. Oxford has since been home to many of the key figures of the modern common law such as Anson, Dicey, Pollock, Cheshire, Cross, Morris, and Hart. Today’s Oxford’s Law Faculty keeps faith with all this history, and the study of the common law, including its interaction with modern legislation and regulation, remains central to our pursuits. But our work has also been enriched over the years by strengths in comparative law, the philosophy of law, international law, and most recently European Law. Our historic connection with the Roman tradition has been reborn in our collaborations with continental European universities. And specialist centres in criminology and socio-legal studies mean that Oxford is now unsurpassed as a place for interdisciplinary work connected with the law and its development.

At Lancashire Law School, we are proud of our reputation, staff, facilities and the high quality, affordable student experience offered in the City of Preston, within easy reach of the Lancashire countryside, the Lake District and Coastal regions and surrounding cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. We welcome prospective students and encourage you to visit the Law School on one of our Open Days or to arrange a separate individual visit and tour. Staff are always happy to discuss courses, research and study opportunities by telephone.

The School of Law at the University of Reading is Berkshire’s leading law school, unrivalled in its teaching and internationally renowned as a centre of excellence in research. The high standing of the School has been confirmed by a succession of recent government and student surveys which have confirmed the School’s standing as a provider of teaching and research excellence. Indeed, the School achieved a 5 (out of a maximum 5*) in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and was rated in the top 10 law schools in terms of student satisfaction in the 2005 National Student Survey.

Our status as a leading English law school has been confirmed by the top ratings received for both our teaching (rated “excellent” by the HEFCE) and our research (internationally-rated in both the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises). We aim to produce lawyers who are equipped with the global knowledge and skills that will serve them well in the twenty-first century.

The School is at the heart of a busy, attractive campus, with new facilities such as the library, students union and sports centre; it is an ideal place to study, make friends and develop contacts that will be of lasting value to future careers. The NSS 2007 ‘Overall Student Satisfaction’ score puts the School in the top four UK Universities.

The School has a distinct profile in U.K. legal education. In addition to equipping students with the skills needed to analyse legal doctrine and legislation, the School is committed to locating the study of law within social, cultural, political, historical and comparative contexts. The School scored 5*A in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001. This is the highest possible score and indicates international excellence throughout the School. The only other UK law schools to score 5*A in 2001 were Cambridge, Durham, University College London and the LSE.

Staffordshire Law School is recognised as one of the best Law Schools in the country. Recently awarded top marks by the Quality Assurance Agency and the Law Society as one of the best providers of Legal Education in the UK for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional awards. Staffordshire Law School has a strong commitment to academic development and offers a comprehensive range of legal education. An enthusiastic team of well-qualified staff offer a depth of specialist legal knowledge and practical experience.

The School of Law at King’s College London has been awarded the highest research and teaching ratings by the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council. It enjoys a distinguished international reputation. The School is home to world-renowned research centres such as the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics; the Centre of European Law; the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR); and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS). Other research units include the Centre of British Constitutional Law and History, the Civil Liberties Research Unit (CLRU) and the Tax Research Unit.

The UEL School of Law is situated in Stratford, East London. It has a distinct and vibrant identity, with a commitment to critical, contemporary higher education from a cross-cultural and international perspective. It is a fast-growing School with a maturing research profile and sensitivity to issues of ethnicity, gender and class. The School has a portfolio of courses that reflect both this unique character and offer a coherent, exciting and wide-ranging intellectual experience. There are over 24 full-time academic staff who, in addition to carrying out research, teach a wide range of courses in the fields of Law and Criminology.

Welcome to a law school committed to legal scholarship and research across a diversity of research initiatives in both traditional and pioneering areas of enquiry. The School is a thriving academic environment and offers a complete legal education in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses leading to professional recognition, including the Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law.

According to The Times Student Law Supplement (October 2006), law students at the University of Teesside rate us joint top fifth in the UK. Law provides you with a thorough grounding in important skills like analysis, problem solving and written and oral communications. You’ll explore key legal concepts and ways of reasoning which can be applied to the substantive law. At the same time, skills such as the ability to research and present information are developed through individual and group tasks.

The School of Legal Studies (SLS) has over 30 years’ experience of providing relevant, dynamic and forward-thinking legal education. We offer a wide portfolio of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development level, and we are committed to delivering the highest quality of education possible in the most interesting and engaging way.