Law courses for 2020
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 based in the iconic Wills Memorial Building, with additional elegant premises nearby in Berkeley Square, at the heart of the student centre of Bristol. Berkeley Square houses our state-of-the-art Lady Hale Moot Court Room and a dedicated space for the pro-bono activities of our award-winning Law Clinic. Our courses are rigorous, we have a strong pedagogical ethos and our research-informed curriculum empowers students to pursue both legal and non-legal career options. Our alumni are strongly committed to supporting the Law School and our students.
Why study Law at Bristol?
As a top eleven law school in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2019), 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 clinics 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 our law courses satisfy the degree requirements laid down by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Please note that the routes to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales are changing. Based on current information, the changes will likely affect all those commencing their law degrees from September 2021 onwards, if they wish to qualify as a solicitor. The latest information on these changes can be found on the Law School website or on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website. There is currently no indication that the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the body that regulates barristers, will change its academic requirements for qualification as a barrister.
What kind of student would this course suit?
Law seeks to reconcile tensions between, and 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 wide range of students, from both humanities and science backgrounds. Above all, law suits those who are able to assimilate information rapidly and think logically and contextually, as well as wanting to understand why society is ordered as it is.
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 lectures, small-group tutorials and seminars. Students are challenged to reflect on their reading and develop their argumentation skills. Individual units are assessed by either examination or coursework. Final-year students produce a research project on a topic of their choice.
What are my career prospects?
We are committed to employability (for more information, visit our careers and employability pages). Our graduates are highly sought after by employers. Many enter legal practice, securing training contracts with City solicitors' firms and pupillages at barristers' chambers, as well as in key provincial centres including 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.
Read more about what students from Law go on to do after graduation.
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