UK law schools

There exists a substantial number of law schools in the UK, which offer an array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The following article simplifies an otherwise daunting list, to form a comprehensible overview of UK law schools.

  • Last updated Jun 13, 2019 3:45:59 PM
  • Jos Weale

UK law schools offer their fair share of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, from LLBs and LLMs, to the GDL (law conversion course for those with non-law degrees), LPC (for aspiring lawyers) and BPTC (for those who wish to become a barrister in England or Wales). 

The courses they run will prepare students to work in the law system in England and Wales only. If you would like more information on how to convert to UK law if you already have qualifications from another country, you can check out our QLTS section.

The vast majority of universities in the UK will have a law department or School of Law.  You’ll be able to find a long list of the universities that offer undergraduate law degrees via the UCAS website.

There are also a handful of specialist legal training providers that don’t form part of a larger university network. They are:

In order to provide a qualifying law course, UK Law Schools must have their programmes approved by either the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) (for the GDL or LPC) or the Bar Standards Board (for the BPTC). These organisations are the official regulatory bodies for the solicitor and barrister professions. Courses must meet their specific requirements in the content covered and assessed.

SRA accredited GDL providers

The SRA lists law conversion course providers in England and Wales on their website. Click here to head to the list!

SRA accredited LPC providers

Here is a list of all the UK law schools currently running accredited courses for the penultimate stage of solicitor training:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bournemouth University
  • BPP Law School (Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester)
  • Cardiff Law School
  • City Law School
  • De Montfort University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Northumbria University
  • Nottingham at Kaplan Law School, London
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swansea University
  • The University of Law (Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester, York)
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Derby
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of the West of England, Bristol
  • University of West London
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wolverhampton

Bar Standards Board validated BPTC course providers

…And a list of BPTC law schools:

  • BPP Law School (Leeds, London, Manchester)
  • The University of Law (Birmingham, London)
  • City Law School
  • Kaplan Law School (London)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Nottingham Law School
  • The University of Northumbria
  • University of West England, Bristol
  • Cardiff Law School

The lists can look a bit daunting at first, but taking it slow and steady will ensure you find your ideal course. Just take time doing your research on each provider, visit each website, look at course rankings, see what they have to offer international students and make a short list of the places you wish to get further information about.

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