Welcome to your undergraduate virtual offer holder day
Welcome to the University of Bristol Law School Virtual Offer Holder page. We're sorry you can't be with us in person, but we've brought our taster lectures, careers information, staff and student testimonials and more online, so you can still get a taste of what Law at Bristol is like.
Why study Law at Bristol?
Discover more about your course
Hear more from our undergraduate teaching staff and Law Employability Adviser, to find out more about what to expect from studying an undergraduate law course. You can speak to them during the live chat!
Dave Cowan, Professor of Law and Policy
"Hello and welcome to our virtual law offer holder day. My name is Dave and I am responsible for student admissions in the Law School. I am a Professor with expertise in law and policy around housing, land and the sociology of law. I teach these subjects to some of our undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am also a practising barrister and Deputy District Judge.
I am absolutely passionate about sharing my knowledge and ideas with our law students at Bristol, and helping them to understand how law works (or sometimes doesn't work or has unintended effects) in its wider social context. Housing law has been at the sharp end of responses to the Covid crisis – whether it has been housing street homeless people, stopping all court-based possession work, through to facilitating virtual courtrooms. It has been a really exciting time to be thinking about all of these issues, and their impacts on society. I can’t wait for the new teaching year to start to share my understandings and debate some of the emerging dilemmas with our students. At the moment, a big question in my area is how properly can possession proceedings begin again?
I encourage students to come to university with lots of energy, enthusiasm and an open mind. They should be prepared to question and critique the law, and think about the way it operates in society. A broader understanding of how law works and strong critical legal skills will be important to you in your future career - whether you decide to work in or around the law or pursue a completely different path."
Jo Cooksley, Law Employability Adviser
"Hello, I'm Jo and I'm the Law School Employability Adviser. I work with Law students to help them get to where they want to be on graduation, be that a career in the law or something completely different. We offer a wide range of support for students looking to explore their career options and develop the skills they will need. Support includes, amongst other things, one-to-one careers support, workshops, mentoring schemes and opportunities to meet with people already working in a wide range of roles. We work hard to ensure that students are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities both within and outside of the legal profession.
Students can come and see me with any career related queries they may have. Students may have a clear idea of what they want to achieve and just need a bit of help working out their next steps or they may have no idea, I'm here to help them work out what their next steps might be whatever the circumstances.
Whatever career you are thinking about pursuing I would recommend that you stay open minded and interested. Studying at the University of Bristol will present you with many opportunities to develop both academically and personally. Make the most of those opportunities and stay open minded and informed about what you want to do when you graduate. We are here to support you whatever your aspirations."
Discover more about the student experience
To get a feel for what study at the University of Bristol Law school is like from those already here, read our interviews with the students that will be online to answer your questions on the day.
Oli Carey, LLB Law
"Hi, I'm Oli Carey and I applied for law at Bristol as I was impressed by the effort put in to extracurricular activities, as well as the strong links that the law school has with employers.
In my first year I competed in a negotiation competition alongside one of my course mates. This was a great opportunity to try my hand at something new and there was a great competitive atmosphere and standard of competition.
In my second year I earned a scholarship with a City law firm, which occupied most of my free time. I am thankful that the law school were so supportive in my application for this opportunity, I could not have done it without them.
I really enjoy the discussions that we have in tutorials and workshops, as there is rarely a single, correct answer to any issue. Hearing perspectives on issues from a diverse range of students never fails to be interesting.
One of my favourite things about living in Bristol is the diverse music scene throughout the city. There are very few cities outside of London that have such established music scenes in genres from Jazz and Indie to all kinds of electronic derivatives - if you like music there is going to be something here for you.
My advice for getting the most from your offer holder event is to ask questions! Current students are going to be there for this very reason, so come prepared with at least one or two questions that are important to you."
Sanjana Krishnamurthy, LLB Law
"Hi, I'm Sanjana and I'll be at the virtual offer holder events to answer your questions.
Whilst researching where I wanted to go to University, Bristol undoubtedly stood out to me. The Law School is highly renowned for its quality education and highly regarded current and emeritus legal academics, as well as offering great career and employability prospects.
As a first-generation South Asian immigrant from a state-school background I was incredibly nervous about studying Law at University. When I attended the Open Day, I had the opportunity to interact with both the academic tutors and current students and immediately felt at ease. It sounds cliched – but I knew that if I wanted a challenging yet academically stimulating legal education to kickstart my career, taking up my offer from Bristol would be the first step to pursue my goals!
My advice for you to get the most from this virtual offer holder event is to try and enjoy it as much as you can! Although it may seem daunting to be speaking to complete strangers, the bonus of a virtual open day is that you can ask any questions you have using the Live Chat function. These are a safe, judgement free space for you to interact with current students and academics and a great opportunity to learn more about the course you are interested in.
Additionally, something that I find beneficial is making a note of the things I would like to ask ahead of the virtual open day. Your questions and areas of interests can help you prioritise which talks to go to, and how you can structure your day. What is more, preparing your questions ensures you will not forget anything."
Delve into what studying law will be like with these taster lectures from Professor Alan Bogg and Dr Catherine Kelly, as they guide you through current legal issues and how the law is responding to them. Could you be a future legal changemaker?
Guidance for parents
Download our latest Law School Parent Guide 2020-21 (PDF, 5,751kB) to help answer questions and provide some further advice on the transition from school to university.
Real-life experience of law
Through our Human Rights Law Clinic and student-led Pro Bono legal service you can gain recognised, real-life experience of law that employers in a range of sectors will value. Alongside this, we offer students the opportunity to be mentored by lawyers in commercial practice or through our Law in Society mentoring scheme, offering insights into diverse areas of law and beyond. Read our latest Law Clinic Annual Review 2019_20 (PDF, 4,046kB) to discover the impact its work has had on the local community this year.
Why Law at Bristol?
- A world-leading law school, #48 in latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law 2020
- Law School ranked #4 for most trainees recruited by top law firms, Chambers Student Guide 2019
- Law School ranked 8th in England and Wales in latest, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
- A Top 10 UK Law School for higher graduate prospects, IFS Study 2018
- The largest legal centre outside of London, CBRE. Specialise here.
Hear from current students, alumni and experts on a range of areas such as niche practice areas, experiences of internships, gaining scholarships and tips on planning a career path suited to you.