Law

Gain a research-rich education with practical experience of law, a globally respected qualification, and the skills to pursue high-ranking careers in law or beyond.

World respected

Our prestigious Law School ranks in the top 10 for the UK (Complete University Guide 2023), and 55th globally (THE World University Rankings for Law, 2021).

Career prospects

Bristol is the UK’s top regional city for law (CBRE 2016 Law in the Regions report) and 4th in the UK for most law trainees recruited by leading law firms (Chambers Student 2019).

Diverse opportunities

Our exciting range of optional units and practical experiences of law will equip you for a wide range of future careers.

Law at Bristol

Bristol is a leading centre for law in the UK. You will have access to and support from many international law firms, barristers' chambers and social justice organisations. You will learn from academic staff who are experts in law and policy. University of Bristol Law is ranked third for legal research in the UK (THE analysis of REF 2021), with 93% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).

With the support of internationally renowned scholars at the forefront of their research fields, you will develop excellent legal, analytical and reasoning skills. Activities such as mooting, debating and pro-bono legal provision will give you a broad understanding of the operation of law in society.

You will study in the iconic Wills Memorial Building and in our newly refurbished premises in Berkeley Square. This building is home to our Law Clinics, globally renowned research centres, and state-of-the-art Lady Hale Moot Court.

Our dedicated network of alumni actively supports our students, with guest lectures, mentoring opportunities and more.

Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol.

The facilities are what amaze me the most. The library is fascinating and the Wills Memorial Building could not be a better place to learn. The thing I love about the city is that it is always busy and alive – Bristol is never boring!

Rosie, LLB Law

Career prospects

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Combining excellence in teaching, research and employability means our students graduate with excellent legal, analytical and reasoning skills – and are empowered to pursue careers in both legal and non-legal sectors.

Many graduates secure training contracts with City solicitors' firms and pupillages at barristers' chambers.

Others progress to prestigious careers in alternative sectors including business and finance, technology, government and the media.

Find out about careers support in the Law School.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

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The undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree takes three years; degrees with Study Abroad take four.

You will study all the core compulsory subjects required by the legal profession, such as criminal, land and tort law. There is also a wide variety of optional units to choose from. These optional units reflect the variety of work and different approaches to legal research conducted in the school, including doctrinal, socio-legal, interdisciplinary and empirical research.

If you have opted for a degree with Study Abroad, you will spend your third year abroad studying the law of the country you are visiting. Find out about all of our go abroad options.

In the final year, you can choose to complete either a 5,000-word research project or a 10,000-word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice.

Sample units may include topics such as:

  • Labour/employment law
  • Human rights
  • Health/medical law
  • Corporate/commercial law
  • Legal history
  • IT/IP law.

Global opportunities

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Law is a global profession. An understanding of more than one legal system, language and culture can open up a world of opportunity.

Our four-year degree courses are an expansion of LLB Law, with an additional year abroad at one of our partner universities. Currently, we partner with institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Mexico and Colombia, as well as European countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

You can apply to transfer to our Study Abroad degree from LLB Law at the end of your first year.

Law

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We combine a research-rich education with practical experiences of law. Our students graduate with a qualification respected around the globe and the skills to pursue top-flight careers in law or beyond.

Why study Law at Bristol?

We provide an intellectually demanding, research-informed legal education, which provides a great foundation for a diverse range of careers.

With the support of internationally renowned scholars at the forefront of their research fields you will develop excellent legal, analytical and reasoning skills.

Activities such as mooting, debating and pro-bono legal provision will give you a broad understanding of the operation of law in society.

Our dedicated network of alumni actively supports our students, with guest lectures, mentoring opportunities and more.

Based in Bristol, a leading centre for law in the UK, you will have access to and support from many international law firms, barristers' chambers and social justice organisations.

You will study in the iconic Wills Memorial Building and in our newly refurbished premises in Berkeley Square, home to the state-of-the-art Lady Hale Moot Court and dedicated spaces for our law clinics.

Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Law seeks to reconcile tensions between a wide range of different, sometimes competing, interests in society. It crosses academic disciplines and is at the heart of some of the most interesting questions concerning what it means to live in a society.

Law suits students from humanities and science backgrounds. It suits those who are able to assimilate information rapidly, who can think logically and contextually, and those who want 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 who 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 examination or coursework. Final-year students produce an extended research project on a topic of their choice under the supervision of an academic member of staff in the Law School.

What are my career prospects?

Our combination of an academically rigorous curriculum with the practical application of law in society ensures our students are highly sought after by employers from a diverse range of sectors. Find out about careers support in the Law School.

Many graduates secure training contracts with City solicitors' firms and pupillages at barristers' chambers. Others achieve top-flight careers in alternative sectors including business and finance, technology, government and the media.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

Disclaimer

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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 (LLB Law)

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