The University of Law

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The University of Law (ULaw) is the UK's longest-established specialist provider of legal education with a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices. Our innovative business-focused postgraduate courses are designed and taught by lawyers with real commercial experience and have a strong emphasis on building the practical skills that today’s employers are looking for, focusing on developing the best legal minds.

With centres based in the UK’s most vibrant and interesting cities, The University of Law offers a diverse choice of locations to study in. Whether it’s the bustling cities of London and Manchester or the heritage-rich Guildford and Chester that appeal, all of our centres provide the same first-class professional learning environment.

At ULaw you’ll have access to the country’s largest and most varied pro bono programme with over 3,700 opportunities to put your legal skills into practice. Not to mention the UK’s largest legal mentoring programme, with the support of 600 practising lawyers.

Our record speaks for itself, each year over 90% of our full-time LPC students secure legal positions within nine months, the majority securing training contracts.*

We have always been confident in our teaching and the results we consistently achieve for our students. This is highlighted by our Gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in June 2017 and our shortlisting as a finalist in the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Global Teaching Excellence Awards 2017.

*Based on LPC students who passed in the summer, with known destinations.

The University of Law - Articles

  • Understanding the SQE and what it means for me

    Last year the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced their decision to reform solicitor qualification in England and Wales by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SRA have been consulting on reforms since 2015, and their proposals have been controversial with firms and universities alike.

  • ULaw alumni profile: Caroline Kenny

    Caroline Kenny is a leading lawyer for Facebook in all countries outside the US. She kick started her high-flying career when she graduated from The University of Law in 2004, having studied the GDL and LPC.

  • Assessment centres: the future of employment

    Attending a training contract assessment centre may be a daunting concept, but it doesn’t have to be. We sat down with The University of Law’s employability director, John Watkins, to find out more about what assessment centres are, where they came from and to get some top tips on ensuring you make the most of your opportunity to impress.

  • Set for success: Rachel Wang, director of Chocolate Films

    An Entrepreneur of the Year, Rachel Wang is an alumna of The University of Law who, after completing her LPC and working in corporate finance for four years, decided to set up her own video production company. It may not seem like the most obvious career digression, but Rachel’s legal education has come in pretty handy over the years. We caught up with her to find out why and to learn more about the fascinating ventures her film company is involved in.

  • Eight things every training contract applicant should know

    Advice from The University of Law on the best approach.

  • Developing the skills that a law firm looks for

    Success at interview is one thing. Steve Bone of The University of Law, York looks at the skills you need to acquire in order to succeed at the law firm of your choice.

  • Gaining Commercial Awareness

    Joanne Rourke of The University of Law gets behind this most elusive of qualities on the recruiters’ wish list.

    When it comes to gaining a training contract one of the essential tools in any applicant’s skill set has to be ‘commercial awareness’. Legal recruiters seem to place great emphasis on this elusive expression yet many would-be applicants seem perplexed as to what it is and how they can get some.

  • How to do well at interviews

    Marc Steward of The University of Law provides tips on turning that interview into a job offer.

    Congratulations on securing an interview! You’ve done a great job “selling” yourself to the firm on paper, now you have to convince them you are the right person at interview. 

  • In business: Q&A with The University of Law Alumnus – Nick Connor

    From LPC student to MD, The University of Law alumnus Nick Connor, managing director of Volvo Car UK, talks to The University of Law.

  • In business: Q&A with The University of Law Alumnus – Steve Shaw

    The University of Law alumnus Steve Shaw, head of communications for technology, safety and legal at BP, talks to The University of Law about how his legal studies here have helped shape his career.

  • Maximising your chances of success

    Rachel Harris, head of the employability service at The University of Law, offers sound advice.  

    Law is an ever-popular career choice, and competition to enter the profession is always high even at the best of times. In the current economic climate you need to keep one step ahead of the competition, in order to maximise your chances of success.

  • Work Experience

    Angela Smith from The University of Law explains the benefits of work experience and considers the options.

    Gaining work experience is one of the most useful things you can do, both in terms of improving your CV and genuinely discovering whether your notion of life in a legal firm matches the reality. But what do you do when firms are cutting back on vacation schemes and work experience seems difficult to come by?