How many undergraduate students are admitted each year?
We admit approximately 400 students each year. One in three of our students are international - with 40 countries and every continent represented. This means an average of 270 home (EU/UK) students and130 international (non-EU) students. Approximately 50 students normally transfer to our Law and Study Abroad courses at the end of their second year.
What are your standard entry criteria?
A typical offer for the LLB Law programme is A*AA or A*A*B at A-Level, or AAB for a contextual offer. Entry criteria for our law and languages programmes can be found online here. You can find out more about our contextual offers and entry requirements for international students (including English language requirements) on our admissions statement.
What are the entry requirements for Law and Languages (French, German or Spanish)?
A typical offer for these programmes is: A*AA or A*A*B, including B in French/German/Spanish.
What subjects do you require for Law?
We do not require any specific subjects for Law. We look for the best three A-Levels and eight best GCSEs. We do not accept General Studies as an A-Level or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). If you complete an EPQ on a law-related subject, you can mention it in your personal statement.
What makes a good personal statement?
Personal statements do not receive a score and might be considered if we need to differentiate between applicants with similar academic profiles. A good personal statement will outline your interest in and commitment to Law, evidence of analytical thinking, communication skills and independent thinking, evidence of ability to face challenges, academic stamina and commitment to tasks. Applicants demonstrate these skills by discussing any relevant work or volunteer experience, extra-curricular activities, such as mooting or debating, or their EPQs.
How do I prepare for an interview?
For law, we only interview mature students. The interview will be conducted by at least two people, at least one of whom has been trained in fair and effective recruitment techniques, and undertaken in accordance with the University’s policy on equal opportunities. The criteria for assessing interview performance may include, for example: demonstrated interest in, suitability for, and commitment to the subject; evidence of clear thinking and understanding, problem solving and analytical skills; standard of spoken English; appropriateness of the Bristol course in relation to the applicant’s declared interests and aspirations; non-academic achievement and/or experience, or extra-curricular interests, that indicate the likely contribution an applicant will make to the life of the University; positions of responsibility held; other relevant skills.
Do you have a pre-arrival reading list?
We send out start of term information to new students in September/early Autumn once all places on the undergraduate law programmes are confirmed. We would advise students not to purchase any law books before you start the course, as we review the reading lists every year and there may be additional recommended texts or new editions on the list. If students would like to prepare themselves for studying law before starting the course, then they may find it helpful to read ‘The Successful Law Student: An Insider’s Guide to Studying Law’, written by Imogen Moore, one of the academic staff in the Law School.
Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)
What is the LNAT test and do I have to take it?
The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) helps students understand if law is the right career path for them, and it helps universities to check that applicants will be suitable for the course. The Law School asks all undergraduate applicants to take the LNAT test which can be taken at test centres in the UK and worldwide. You can find out more about the test, available bursaries and practice test papers on our admissions statement.
How do I prepare for LNAT?
Students can access practice tests at the LNAT website. We also recommend that students read a good newspaper, such as the Guardian, and keep up with current developments that will help them write a good essay.
When do I have to sit the LNAT?
UK and EU applicants must apply through UCAS before the mid-January deadline, and must take LNAT before the January deadline as stated on the LNAT website.
Overseas applicants who apply through UCAS before the UCAS mid-January deadline must take LNAT before 30 April to avoid their application to Bristol being made unsuccessful by default by UCAS. Overseas applicants applying through UCAS after the UCAS mid-January deadline must take LNAT before the final deadline of 31 July. This is a deadline set by LNAT and no exceptions can be made.
What is a good score for LNAT?
Section A consists of 42 multiple choice questions. You will have done well, if you answer over 50% of them correctly. Section B, the essay, is assessed internally but you do not receive a score for it. The overall LNAT grade used by the University uses the following weightings: 60% multiple choice questions and 40% essay.
Can I resit the LNAT if I have not done well?
You cannot resit the LNAT in the same year. If you do not do well, you will have to retake the LNAT and submit the results along with a new UCAS application form.
Do you reject applications because of poor LNAT results?
LNAT forms 40% of the overall application, along with GCSEs 20% and A-Level 40%, and thus, it is an important part of the application process.
The University of Bristol Law School
How highly is the University of Bristol Law School rated?
The Law School is committed to excellence and innovation in teaching, and to ensuring that law students’ learning experience is both stimulating and challenging. The Law School is currently in the top 50 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law 2020) and top 10 in England and Wales (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). In the latest Teaching Excellency Framework (TEF), the University was given a silver award. In the most recent assessment of research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the Law School was confirmed to be among the very best law schools in the UK in terms of research capacity and performance. From a student perspective, studying law at the University of Bristol means being taught by a range of talented academics working at the cutting edge of their research fields, bringing world-class legal expertise directly into the classroom.
Course structure, teaching, and assessment
How long is the course and how many contact hours will I have each week?
Course duration for each LLB programme can be found on the relevant pages of the Law School prospectus.
From October 2020, the University of Bristol in response to Covid-19 will be offering flexible, blended learning with a mixture of online and face to face activity. We will be reviewing future course delivery, based on government guidance for academic year 2021/22 and beyond. The approach aims to ensure students receive an interactive and rich learning experience. Weekly contact hours will vary, and students will still be expected to undertake independent study each week to supplement taught activity.
How will I be assessed?
The Law School uses a variety of assessment methods, depending on the unit and programme. Every final year LLB student must complete a 5,000 word Final Year Research Project or 10,000 word Dissertation. Find out more about the unit structure and assessments on our webpages.
Are lectures recorded?
Yes, large group lectures (or equivalent) are recorded and made available on our virtual learning environment, along with a variety of other learning resources to support your studies.
If you have a disability, you can find out more about study support and access available to you when you arrive on our disability support pages. In addition to the University’s Disability Services, we have a Law School Disability Coordinator to respond to any queries and help put in place any additional support that you may need during your law studies.
How much work and reading will I have to do?
Law is a subject that involves a lot of independent study and a large amount of reading. In total, students are expected to spend at least 40 hours per week on their studies. There is directed reading provided in advance to prepare for group sessions, with access to online learning resources, such as through our library and online learning portal. There are sessions in the first year Law in Action unit to help students develop legal research and writing skills, including how to locate and read legal judgments, academic articles and texts, as well as other key sources, such as parliamentary and government publications, and legislation.
Will I receive feedback on written work?
Yes – there are opportunities to receive feedback built into every unit. Tutors provide students with a variety of feedback on their academic performance in formative assessments, and in other group-based exercises throughout the unit.
Will I have the opportunity to study optional units?
Yes. Whilst all first year units are compulsory, all students will have the opportunity to study optional units during their second and final years. We currently have a broad and diverse range of undergraduate units, which reflect the wide variety of approaches to legal research adopted by the academic staff in the Law School and provide insight into the diversity of career paths possible with a law degree. There may also scope to study non-law optional units in other department/faculties.
How are degrees classified?
The classification of degrees is determined on the basis of units completed in the second and final years, and also, the year abroad for students on those programmes. Degrees are classified in the following way:
- 1st – 70% or above
- 2.1 – 60%-69%
- 2.2 – 50%-59%
- 3 – 40%-49%
- Fail – 39% or below.
Is there student representation in decision making in the Law School?
Yes. Students have the opportunity to express their views through the Staff-Student Liaison Committee. The Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets five times a year giving student representatives the opportunity to engage directly with staff and feed into decisions about educational provision and support throughout the academic year. The Law School also has student representation on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee (EDI), which meets throughout the year to develop and oversee EDI related initiatives and policies in the school. Students are also asked to provide feedback on teaching each year, by completing unit questionnaires and completing the University of Bristol Student Survey.
Can I study the LLB course part-time?
All our undergraduate programmes are full-time 3 or 4 year courses.
Law and languages and study abroad options
How many Law and Languages courses are there?
Bristol is a major centre for the study of modern languages and cultures, with the Law School offering three Law and Languages courses; Law and French, Law and Spanish and Law and German. On these four-year joint honours courses students will study language, linguistics, literature, history and culture to degree level alongside core units in law. This provides students with a valuable skill set, ideally tailored to the globalised workplace. Students also have the opportunity to spend a third year studying abroad at a partner university in the country related to the course (i.e. France, Germany or Spain/Mexico/Colombia). During this year abroad, students study law and law-related units in the language of that country. In the final year, students will undertake an extended piece of legal research, either a 5,000-word final year research project or a 10,000-word dissertation.
What is the Law with Study in Continental Europe programme?
Like the Law and Language courses, the Law with Study in Continental Europe course offers the opportunity for students to study abroad at one of our partner universities. Students can apply to transfer to our Law with Study in Continental Europe degree from the LLB Law course at the end of their first year. Selection is based on first-year results (and language ability if students select a country where the course will not be taught in English). Students on the Law with Study in Continental Europe course study law during their three years in Bristol. Whereas students on any of our Law and Language courses study law as well as the related language, literature, culture and history. The choice of countries offered for the third year abroad in this programme is more extensive than for the Law and Language courses as we currently have partner universities in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy*, the Netherlands, Poland, in addition to France*, Germany* and Spain*. Visit our Global Opportunities website for more information about where you can study abroad.
*indicates a country where the course is taught in the local language rather than English.
What is the Law with Study Abroad programme?
Our Law with Study Abroad course also offers students the opportunity to spend the third year abroad at one of our partner universities outside Europe, which currently include institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Mexico* and Colombia*. Students can apply to transfer to our Study Abroad degree from the LLB Law course at the end of their first year. Selection is based on first-year results (and language ability where students select a country where the course will not be taught in English). Visit our Global Opportunities website for more information about where you can study abroad.
*indicates a country where the course is taught in the local language rather than English.
At present, we anticipate these courses proceeding as usual for 2021/22 admissions. It does remain possible that there will have to be modifications to destinations or the timing of placements for reasons connected to Covid-19 or British exit of the European Union. Obviously, these cannot be determined at this point in time and you can follow any changes on our website.
Progression and future opportunities
Does a Law degree allow me to practice as a lawyer/solicitor?
Our law degrees are based on the seven 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge', providing students with the skills associated with graduate legal work. From the Autumn of 2021, the route to qualifying as a solicitor is changing, with the Solicitors Regulation Authority introducing a new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). All students who have accepted an offer of a place on a QLD, or paid a non-refundable deposit on or before 21 September 2021, and commence their studies before 31 December 2021, will be able to continue on the current route to qualification as a solicitor, via the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Students who commence their degree after this time will follow the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) route. Read more about the new routes to qualification.
Does a Law degree from Bristol allow me to practice in another country?
Students who wish to practice law in another jurisdiction should contact the regulatory body for that jurisdiction.
Do all law graduates from Bristol become lawyers?
The Law School is in the top 4 for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms, Chambers Student Guide 2019 - it is also a top 10 UK law school for higher graduate prospects (IFS Study 2018). While many of our graduates go on to pursue legal careers in leading law firms and chambers, our research-informed curriculum and the diversity of research represented within the School means graduates have access to a wide range of alternative careers. Find out more about our career pathways.
How does the law degree prepare me for the world of work?
At the University of Bristol, we understand that, before students go into the professional world, it is really important to receive quality training in the foundational elements of law and opportunities to develop key skills, such as critical thinking and analysis, as well as oral and written communication skills. As such, the majority of legal studies at the University of Bristol will be introducing students to key legal concepts and helping to refine the skills which are vital for future professional careers, whether in law or beyond.
In addition, we offer a range of practical opportunities during the degree to experience how law works in action. This could be by joining our award-winning Law Clinics and working with real clients, or participating in one of our various mentoring schemes, gaining valuable insights into a variety of legal and non-legal sectors.
We have a dedicated Law School Employability Adviser available for one-to-one careers appointments and advice and we run an extensive programme of careers focused sessions and networking opportunities each year. We aim to give our students wide exposure to a diverse range of employers and career paths during their time with us, and students will have the opportunity to speak with different employers about the practical opportunities on offer to law students. Whether you wish to pursue a career in our outside law, we aim to equip you with a wealth of knowledge and skills to enable you to excel in your future career and do more with law. Find out more about the comprehensive support and opportunities we offer on our Careers and Employability webpages.
Do you have a fast-track Law degree?
The Law School's MA in Law is an accelerated, fast-track, senior status postgraduate degree in law which is open to non-law graduates. The MA curriculum builds on the fact that students will have already benefited from a university-level education. Students will graduate with a wider legal knowledge and a deeper understanding of law and legal reasoning, than can be obtained in a one-year law conversion course.
From the Autumn of 2021, the route to qualifying as a solicitor is changing, with the Solicitors Regulation Authority introducing a new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). All students who have accepted an offer of a place on a QLD, or paid a non-refundable deposit on or before 21 September 2021, and commence their studies before 31 December 2021, will be able to continue on the current route to qualification as a solicitor, via the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Students who commence their degree after this time will follow the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) route. Read more about the new routes to qualification.
Fees and Funding
What fees will I have to pay?
Fees information is available from the University of Bristol's Academic Registry.
Do you offer any scholarships?
What support are available for disabled students?
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from disabled students. We strongly encourage you to tell us about your disability so that we can prepare to support you before you join us. No applicant will be disadvantaged in the admissions process due to a disability, learning difficulty, health or mental health condition. When you disclose a disability, the admissions process we follow is identical to the process for all applicants. For more information visit the Disability Services web page.
The Law School is committed to sustaining a positive and mutually supportive working environment for staff and students, ensuring individuals are treated equally and are able to access the same opportunities. To support this, the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee provides a point of contact for staff, students and external persons if they have issues or ideas concerning LGBT, Income, Gender, Disability or Racial inequalities, and to address ways to improve Law School policies in these areas. We also have a Law School Disability Coordinator as a key point of contact and to help you with any additional support you may need for your academic studies.