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Universities for Law

There are several things to bear in mind in your quest for finding the right university for law. They include location, courses on offer and size.

Remember, you’ll be at university for three years or more, so you shouldn’t take this decision lightly.

Top Unis for Law in the UK

Please note, this table has been compiled using ranking websites as a guide, but is not a definitive list. There are other law universities in the UK that are not included below.

UniversityTypical A-Level or IB OfferAdmissions Test : InterviewPlaces : Applications (Applications per Place) 2016-17Complete University Guide Ranking (for Law 2019)
University of Aberdeen (LLB)ABB,
34 points
No : NoN/S9
Abertay University (LLB)BCC,
29 points
No : N/S213 : 267 (1.25)39
Aberystwyth UniversityBBB
30 points
No: N/SN/S42
Aston University (LLB)AAB-ABB,
32 points
No : No241 : 1417 (6)45
Bangor University (LLB)ABB-BBB
At least 120 UCAS points
No : N/SN/S51
University of Bedfordshire (LLB)At least 80 UCAS points, 64 from 2 A-Level passesNo : NoN/S94
University of Birmingham (LLB)AAA,
32 points
No : NoN/S26
University of Bristol (LLB)A*AA or A*A*B,
38 points
Contextual Offer: AAB,
34 points
LNAT : Yes439 : N/S14
Brunel University London (LLB)ABB,
31 points
No : NoN/S50
University of Cambridge (BA)A*AA,
40-42 points
Cambridge Law Test : Yes 207 : 1035 (5)1
Cardiff University (LLB)AAA-AAB,
35 points
No : No550 : 3000 (5)32
City, University of London (LLB)ABB,
29 points
No : No416 : 2509 (6)72
De Montfort University (LLB)BBB,
28 points
No : No90 : 1300 (14)63
University of Dundee (LLB)ABB,
32 points
No : NoN/S10
Durham University (LLB)A*AA,
38 points
LNAT: YesN/S5
University of East Anglia - UEA (LLB)AAA,
34 points
No : Only in exceptional circumstancesN/S28
University of Edinburgh (LLB)A*AA (min. ABB),
43 points
No : NoScottish & EU students: 288 : 1686 (6)
Rest of UK: 74 : 231 (3)
7
University of Essex (LLB)BBB,
30 points
No : YesN/S : 140054
University of Exeter (LLB)AAA-AAB,
36-34 points
No : No335 : 2412 (7)15
University of Glasgow (LLB)AAA,
38 points (min. 34)
LNAT : YesN/S3
KCL (LLB)A*AA,
35 points
LNAT : YesN/S : N/S (7-10)8
Keele University (LLB)ABB,
34 points
No : NoN/S36
University of Kent (LLB)AAA-AAB
34 points
No : NoN/S18
Lancaster University (LLB)AAB
35 points
No : Yes (if borderline grades or unconditional offer)265 : 663 (2.5)13
University of Leeds (LLB)AAA,
35 points
No : NoN/S16
University of Leicester (LLB)AAB,
33 points
No : No300 : 1250 (4)37
University of Lincoln (LLB)BBC,
29 points
No : N/SN/S44
University of Liverpool (LLB)ABB,
33 points
No : No450 : 3500 (8)33
Liverpool John Moores University (LLB)BBB, 26 pointsNo: NoN/s52
LSE (LLB)A*AA,
38 points
LNAT : Yes181 : 2734 (15)6
University of Manchester (LLB)AAA,
37 points
No : No180 : 2100 (12)17
Manchester Metropolitan University (LLB)BBB-BBC,
26 points
No : N/SN/S48
Newcastle University (LLB)AAA,
34 points
No : Yes240 : 1600 (7)27
University of Nottingham (BA/LLB)AAA,
36 points
LNAT : Yes174 (BA&LLB) : N/S12
Oxford University of (Qualifying BA)AAA,
38 points
LNAT : Yes197 : 1313 (6)4
Oxford Brookes University (LLB)BBB-BBC,
32 points
No : N/SN/S86
University of Portsmouth (LLB)ABB or AAC,
31 points
No : No100 : 860 (9)38
Queen Mary University of London (LLB)A*AA,
37 points
No : No265 : 3000 (11)29
Queen's University Belfast (LLB)AAA,
36-37 points
No : NoN/S21
University of Reading (LLB)AAA-AAB,
34-35 points
No : NoN/S31
Robert Gordon University (LLB)BBC,
29 points
No : NoN/S40
Royal Holloway, University of London (LLB)AAB-ABB, 32 pointsNo: NoN/S76
University of Salford (LLB)BBB-BBC,
31 points
No : No170 : 650 (4)84
University of Sheffield (LLB)AAA,
36 points
No : NoN/S20
SOAS University of London (LLB)A*AA-AAB,
37 points
LNAT : YesN/S41
University of Southampton (LLB)AAA,
36 points
No : No130 : 913 (7)25
University of Stirling (LLB)ABB,
36 points
No : No78 : 665 (8)24
University of Strathclyde (LLB)AAA-AAB (min. BBB),
38 points
No : No (unless applying to Clinical LLB)LLB Scots: 155 : 719 (5)
LLB Eng Law: 6 : 61 (10)
LLB Scots & Eng Law: 52 : 192 (4)
11
University of Sussex (LLB)AAA-AAB,
34 points
No : NoN/S30
University of Surrey (LLB)ABB,
32 points
No : NoN/S55
Swansea University (LLB)AAB-BBB
32-34 points
No : NoN/S35
UCL (LLB)A*AA, 39 pointsLNAT : Yes175 : 2625 (15)2
University of Warwick (LLB)AAA, 38 pointsNo : NoN/S23
University of York (LLB)AAA or A*AB or A*A*C, 36 pointsNo : Yes225 : 1725 (7)22

Choosing Between Universities for Law

Finding the Right University location

Location is an extremely important factor to think about when choosing a university for your law studies. While you’re deciding, weigh up the pros and cons of studying in a large city vs in a smaller city / town.

Studying in a big city like London is an extremely exciting experience because you’ll have plenty of nightlife and entertainment at your fingertips. This option, however, comes with an added safety risk so it’s important to bear that in mind.

Rural universities will provide students with safer environments for their study, but while living in smaller towns, you may find that the opportunities for culture and entertainment outside campus are limited. If your chosen university is in a smaller town, check out the closest cities you can explore on the weekends.

If you’re not keen on moving out for university, you should consider going to a university close to home. This way, you’ll save money on accommodation and be able to stay close to family and friends. Alternatively, you can choose somewhere that has good transport links so that you can visit home easily if you do end up moving out.

Syllabus and Lecturers

The content of the degree syllabus is a crucial factor in choosing the right university. While studying an LLB means there are several compulsory law subjects you’ll take, you’ll have the option to choose some of your modules as well.

That means it’s crucial to think about which universities offer modules that you would be interested in studying.

Think about the areas of law you might want to practise if you qualify as a solicitor or barrister, because selecting these modules will be very beneficial when applying for training contracts and pupilages.

Also think about the type of law degree you’re interested in: qualifying or non qualifying law degree? Joint law degree? There are several options to choose from.

The quality of lecturers and teaching facilities vary for each university too, so you might want to have a look at university league tables and rankings to determine which university is going to give you the best educational experience.

Facilities Available

The facilities available at each university are other determining factors for some students. Some universities encourage team sports more than others and have their own sports fields and gyms on campus. Others have more limited facilities located outside of the main university base.

If you are interested in drama, a lot of universities are proud of their theatres and university productions – so you might want to look into the extra-curricular facilities you will have access to.

University Reputation

Are you set on going to a well-respected university? If so, consider studying law at Oxbridge or a Russell Group university. The prestigious Russell Group is made up of the top 24 universities in the UK.

Each university offers competitive law courses and it’s a known fact that many law firms favour graduates from these universities when recruiting for training contracts and vacation schemes.

These are the Russell Group universities that offer law degrees:

UniversityEntry Requirements
University of Birmingham AAA - 36 IB
Bristol UniversityA*AA or A*A*B - 34 IB
Cardiff UniversityAAB - ABB - 35 IB
Durham UniversityA*AA - 38 IB
University of Edinburgh AAA - ABB - 34 IB
University of Exeter AAA - AAB - 34-36 IB
University of GlasgowBBB - 28 IB
King’s College LondonA*AA - 35 IB
University of LeedsAAA - 35 IB
University of LiverpoolABB - 33 IB
London School of Economics and Political Science A*AA - 38 IB
University of ManchesterAAA - 36 IB
University of NottinghamAAA - 36 IB
Queen Mary University of LondonA*AA - 36 IB
Queen’s University Belfast AAA - 36 IB
University of Sheffield AAA - 36 IB
University of SouthamptonAAA - 36 IB
University College LondonA*AA - 39 IB
University of Warwick AAA - 38 IB
University of YorkAAA/A*AB/A*A*C - 36 IB

Campus vs Non-Campus Universities

Layout is an important aspect to consider when choosing the right university for your law degree. Campus universities have their buildings, lecture halls, faculties, libraries and student accommodation all in one area. This can encourage a real student community atmosphere.

Universities that do not have a strict campus layout tend to be more spread out over a town or a city.

For example, many universities in central London are made up of a number of buildings and faculties within walking distance of each other, but the university buildings are dotted between shops, restaurants and other buildings outside of the university.

This may mean there’s less of a student atmosphere, but could also encourage students to become more independent and experience of the city outside the university.

There are pros and cons to each university layout, so we suggest visiting as many as possible on their open days to get a feel for which you might prefer.

University Size and Student Population

Every law university accepts a different number of students to their undergraduate law degree courses and each law faculty varies in size.

This may be a factor for you to think about when choosing a university – you might prefer a busy course with lots of students, or smaller more intimate tutorials. It’s important to consider which will make you feel the most comfortable.

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