Law

The University of Bristol Law School is a centre for an intellectually demanding, research-informed, legal education. We aim to produce accomplished, well-rounded, enquiring graduates with a rich, ethically grounded appreciation of law in business and society. 

We are housed in the iconic Wills Memorial Building, in the heart of the student centre of Bristol. Our programmes are rigorous, we have a strong pedadogical ethos, and our research-informed curriculum empowers students to pursue both legal and non-legal career options. Our alumni are strongly committed to the support of the school and its students.

Why study Law at Bristol?

As one of the UK’s top ten law schools, we offer an education that will give you a head start in your career. Our courses will provide you with excellent legal, analytical and reasoning skills. Activities such as mooting, debating and pro-bono legal provision through our Law Clinic, will give you a broader understanding of the operation of law in society. Whatever your plans, this subject provides a great foundation for many careers, both in and out of law.

All of our law degrees are accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

All applicants must sit the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Details are available on the LNAT website and the Law School website.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Law seeks to reconcile tensions between, and to integrate, a wide range of different and sometimes competing interests in society. It crosses a number of academic disciplines, as well as being at the heart of some of the most interesting questions of what it means to live as human beings in society.

Law suits a very wide range of students from both humanities and science backgrounds. Above all, law suits those who are able to assimiliate information rapidly, are able to think logically and contextually, and want to understand why society is ordered as it is.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Law is taught and assessed in a variety of ways, reflecting the challenging nature and scope of the subject. Our teachers are distinguished scholars, at the forefront of their research fields, and are committed to the personal and professional development of their students.

Teaching is conducted through 50-minute lectures, 50-minute small-group tutorials and 100-minute seminars. Students are challenged to think and reflect on their reading, and to develop their argumentation skills. Individual units are assessed by either examination or coursework. Final year students produce a 5,000 research project on a topic of their choice. 

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers. Most enter legal practice, with many securing training contracts with City solicitors’ firms and pupillages at barristers’ chambers, as well as in key provincial centres such as Bristol. Our courses also give an excellent basis for working in a variety of other sectors including business and finance, the Civil Service and the media.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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