Offering world-leading legal and business education
The University of Law
Key milestones in our history 1876
Leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon is formed
The Law Society establishes its School of Law
The University of Law is born! Established as The College of Law by the Law Society, we were an amalgamation of the Law Society Sch ool of Law and tutorial firm Gibson and Weldon
Our first training centre opens - Braboeuf Manor in Guildford
Launch of our first courses – ‘crash courses’ for qualified legal practitioners We change the face of legal education by proposing compulsory vocational training for aspiring solicitors and a law conversion course for non-law graduates
Launch of the first compulsory CPD course - the Accounts Course in Articles for trainee solicitors
Launch of our International Practice Diploma Programme in association with the International Bar Association (now replaced by our LL.M in International Legal Practice)
The first law school to offer specialist career routes for the Legal Practice Course Launch of our Higher Rights training - enabling solicitors to qualify to represent clients in the Higher Courts
Launch of our Public Access for Barristers course - the first course of its kind for barristers wishing to work directly with the public
We are the first major law school to embrace e-learning, with the introduction of our groundbreaking i-Tutorial programme
We launch the first-ever law conversion course for non-law graduates - the Common Professional Exam (now known as the Graduate Diploma in Law)
We are the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers by the Privy Council Our London Moorgate centre opens
Launch of our Future Lawyers Association, designed to provide free careers advice and information for aspiring lawyers (now known as the Future Lawyers Network) We establish the Legal Services Institute, an independent legal policy think-tank, under the leadership of Professor Stephen Mayson
Our careers service is established
Launch of our LL.M Master of Laws programme in association with the International Bar Association Launch of our Alumni Association
Launch of our skills-based Legal Practice Course for aspiring solicitors - replacing the old Final Examination
We establish Pathways to Law in conjunction with the Sutton Trust - a major initiative to increase access to law careers for state school children
We are the first provider to offer the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test, enabling lawyers from other jurisdictions to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales
Launch of our Professional Skills Course, designed to give trainee solicitors vital extra knowledge during their training contract
Launch of our Bar Vocational Course for aspiring barristers (now known as the Bar Professional Training Course)
We work with the Open University to launch their law degree
We are the first law school to introduce pro bono clinics for law students
The College of Law is granted full university title and becomes The University of Law We welcome our first undergraduate students De Broc School of Business launched as part of The University of Law
About The University of Law
The university is the UKâ€™s longest-established provider of legal education, and we are now bringing over a century of training expertise to students interested in business. We aim to deliver the best professional training to students who want to make it in the business or legal world. We have centres across the UK in eight city centre locations (London Moorgate, London Bloomsbury, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, and Manchester). In addition, our specialist school De Broc School of Business was launched last year to deliver a range of business courses, and we expect to see outstanding results for our business graduates. We are the acknowledged leader in innovative, professional education for prospective lawyers, and we anticipate gaining a corresponding reputation for leadership in business training in the near future. We made history in 2006 by becoming the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers by
the Privy Council, leading to the development of our professionally-focused Bachelor and Master of Laws degree programmes. In 2012, we were granted full university title and changed our name from The College of Law to The University of Law. This was an important development in our long history, as it not only reinforced our absolute commitment to excellent professional training, but also opened the way for the development of our business faculty. The creation of De Broc School of Business was a further step in our dedication to providing training for the next generation of ambitious professionals and giving them the tools to succeed. With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best professional minds.
Facts and figures
• 97% of our students are employed within 9 months*
Our alumni are the best proof of our quality of teaching, with many graduates becoming global business leaders, eminent QCs, entrepreneurs, politicians, and social campaigners.
• Over 100 years of experience in providing professional training • A history of exclusive relationships with top firms • 4,000 work experience opportunities available through our JobSearch apps • 30 dedicated advisors and work placement co-ordinators in our careers service, helping students to find the jobs they want • 60,000 successful alumni *Statistics taken from full-time LPC students graduating in summer 2014
Successful ULaw alumni include Lauren Riley, who is now founder and director of The Link App; Nick Connor, managing director of Volvo Car UK; John Pickering, group chief executive and partner at Irwin Mitchell; and many more. We also offer free membership of our Alumni Scheme, with benefits including: • Invaluable networking and career development opportunities • Access to an online database for professional and social networking • Free careers advice by e-mail to recent leavers • Exclusive access to JobSearch - our careers and vacancy database – where you can browse a wide range of job vacancies and advertise your own vacancies free of charge • The chance to develop new personal and professional contacts
Our campuses All of our campuses are located in the centre of major UK cities, close to transport links and with excellent facilities. Students will benefit from access to a range of clubs and societies â€“ from ballroom dancing and drama to tennis and yoga â€“ as well as academic events to enhance your learning. With activities such as the Commercial Awareness Forum (CAF), The Business Game, and regular speakers and workshops on topics such as business networking and office etiquette, students will gain the practical skills needed to succeed in the competitive business environment.
1. Birmingham , 2. Bristol, 3. Chester , 4. Guildford 5. Leeds, 6. London Bloomsbury, 7. London Moorgate 8. Manchester
Our campuses London In addition to ideal locations in the heart of London, the UK’s business centre, our campuses in London also hold annual parties and balls for all students.
Moorgate This campus is located in the City of London, close to leading global firms and the headquarters of some of the world’s most successful businesses.
Bloomsbury This campus is our largest centre, and offers a wide range of student-run sports and social events which reflect the diversity of the centre.
Birmingham Our Birmingham campus is situated in the heart of the UK’s second largest city and offers a range of activities and events to help students prepare for life in the workplace, including speed networking events.
Bristol Bristol is the South West’s dynamic commercial hub, and The University of Law’s campus is located in the Temple Quarter: Bristol’s legal and financial heartland. In addition to the usual clubs and societies, students will be able to take part in a ‘Share Race’ – a competition where students can invest a virtual £10,000 in stocks and shares of their choice.
Chester The city of Chester is situated in the heart of the North West of England, and our campus is set in 14 acres of beautiful parkland just outside the city. This campus is one of the most lively, with activities designed to enhance your business skills as well as numerous sports clubs.
Guildford Our Guildford campus boasts 23 acres of parkland and is within easy reach of London, though the town itself hosts two excellent theatres, a leisure centre, and an array of restaurants, bars, and clubs. The relatively small size of the campus leads to a very friendly and supportive environment, with a wide range of sport and leisure activities organised by the students.
Leeds This campus is based at 15-16 Park Row, one of the most
prestigious streets in Leeds city centre – just five minutes’ walk from the train station and right in the heart of its legal and business community. The striking seven-storey building replicates the corporate setting of a professional firm, offering a lecture theatre, workshop rooms, a library, a student café, and study areas, as well as a roof terrace with panoramic views.
Manchester Manchester is the biggest city in North West, and has one of the largest student communities in the UK. The campus benefits from Manchester’s reputation as the ideal city for students, with a rich heritage in art, fashion, music, and football.
Undergraduate Courses LLB (Hons) Law degree Our professional law degree courses are specifically designed to give you the skills employers are looking for. Whether you are considering a career in law, business or a related field our degrees equip you with the all-important business skills you need to succeed. You can study in three ways:accelerated two year full-time, three year full-time, or four year part-time. Making the right choice about where to study your law degree is so important, and as the UKâ€™s longestestablished specialist provider of legal education - with roots dating back to 1876 - we can provide you with the valuable skills youâ€™ll need for your career.
Postgraduate Courses We provide a range of postgraduate law courses to suit your requirements, from law conversion courses to professional training courses. Here is a quick overview of our study options: - Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for non-law graduates wishing to convert to law - Legal Practice Course (LPC) for law graduates wishing to train as a solicitor, including our new LPC, MSc in Law, or Business and Management to make you business ready - Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for law graduates wishing to train as a barrister - IBA LLM in International Legal Practice (IBA LLM) for law graduates wishing to study international law - Master of Science degree in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance (ICA MSc) for law graduates wishing to enhance their career with a cutting-edge, international qualification in international law, regulatory risk and compliance.
The legal knowledge and skills gained on the GDL are highly transferable and will support my pursuits in not only law, but a number of business and management career paths Ella Caine,
GDL Student, Leeds
De Broc School of Business De Broc is the business faculty of The University of Law. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, designed specifically to deliver the skills that employers are looking for. All of the courses include practical training, which gives students the hands-on experience they need to develop a good working knowledge of real business practices. The goal of improving employability is reflected in each task and skill covered by the course, including areas such as communication, understanding people and knowing the right questions to ask. In addition to these practical skills, students will also benefit from a first class academic experience through personalised teaching with faculty that have worked in business and as lecturers. We also believe that students learn best when they are closely involved with their tutors, so we use small group settings for the majority of the teaching. We use the most up to date resources in business education, including resources such as the Financial Times. The teaching environment at De Broc exposes students to the latest research developments and to theories that challenge current business assumptions, helping students create innovative solutions for a changing business landscape. With our strong focus on vocational learning and a history of exclusive relationships with top companies, graduates from De Broc will be ready to step straight into a career at the end of their course.
The programmes on offer are:
Undergraduate BA (Hons) Business and Finance This degree offers an excellent grounding in accounting and finance and acts as a foundation for further study in accounting or quantitative investment.
BA (Hons) Business Management This course helps students to understand and implement effective managerial behaviour in todayâ€™s complex organisations and turbulent business environments.
BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management This course will give students a thorough understanding of the specialist concepts and applications of people management, as well as how strategic human resource planning can improve the success of businesses.
All of these courses also come with an optional foundation year for students who are not able to immediately start an undergraduate degree. The extra year gives students essential skills for beginning an academic course and ensures they have the support they need.
BA (Hons) Business and Marketing This degree teaches students the key techniques for successful marketing management, including how strategic marketing planning and marketing communications can increase productivity.
Postgraduate MSc in Corporate Financial Management This course gives students a full understanding of corporate financial management in a global context, educating them to a managerial and specialist level within the finance sector. MSc in International Human Resource Management This postgraduate course teaches students how to apply theoretical concepts and human resource management models to real life case studies, providing the skills needed for a career in this area.
MSc in International Marketing This MSc introduces students to the relational nature of marketing and how strategic marketing planning can be applied in rapidly changing work environments. MSc in Strategic Business Management This course helps graduates become successful managers and business specialists, giving them a good understanding of how to manage national and international organisations.
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