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We are a top 10 UK Law School* in a world leading University**. Our rich portfolio of postgraduate degrees is shaped and delivered by globally renowned academics who combine teaching and research excellence so you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue top-flight careers within law and beyond.

Our postgraduate degrees

Learn from world-leading academics so you can become an expert yourself 

Our intellectually demanding, research-informed curriculum is delivered by academics who are leaders in their fields. As a Russell Group university, and a top 5 UK law school for research intensity (REF2014), our academics are leading the way in diverse areas of legal research. It is this combination of teaching and research excellence that sees our graduates stand out - going on to shape and inform policy and legislation around the world and across many sectors.  

Choose from a diverse range of LLMs

The knowledge and expertise of our academics informs our distinctive and exciting range of LLMs with programmes including the LLM International Law, LLM Banking and Finance, LLM Health, Law and Society, LLM in Human Rights Law, LLM in Employment, Work and Equality and many more to choose from.

Tailor your own degree

The pioneering research of our academics has also influenced a diverse range of optional modules that enable you to tailor your own degree. The LLM Law and Globalisation, for instance, offers modules ranging from IT law, IP Law and Environmental Law to Criminal Law and Criminal Justice – making it a popular choice for both international and home students.

Exciting opportunities for non-law graduates

Our MA in Law is an accelerated, fast-track, senior status postgraduate degree. This law conversion course will enable you to graduate in two years versus three with an LLB – and with a deeper understanding of law and legal reasoning than is possible with a one-year Graduate Diploma in Law. On this course you will also have the chance for specialist study with optional units that reflect the expertise of our academics - setting it apart in terms of helping you achieve the highest aspirations you have for your future career.

Our careers programme

Gain the skills and knowledge to access a diverse range of careers 

Choosing the University of Bristol means gaining access to a rich calendar of career-focused activities and a strong collaboration between the School, our alumni, international law firms, non-governmental organisations and a dedicated careers advisor with expertise in what is needed to access diverse legal pathways. Studying at the University of Bristol Law School means graduating with the skills, knowledge and contacts to fulfil your career aspirations and excel in or out of law. 

Get hands on clinical legal experience and work opportunities in human rights, legal tech and criminology

Through our student-run pro bono legal service, the Human Rights Law Clinic and initiatives that tackle criminal law and the justice system, such as the Freedom Law Clinic and Empowering the Innocent (an initiative set up by the founder of the globally-renowned Innocence Project), you can gain recognised, real-life experience of law that employers in a wide range of sectors will value. Further opportunities include mentoring schemes, human rights and legal tech placements and much more.

Our facilities

Live and learn in great facilities, an exciting UK city and the largest legal centre outside London

The Law School facilities provide the very best blend of tradition and innovation. Much of the teaching is based in the iconic Wills Memorial Building at the heart of Bristol, with its gothic tower, Harry Potter-esque great hall and library - and gargoyle framed windows of its lecture halls. Across the road in Berkeley Square is another historic building, recently refurbished to house modern research suites, seminar and tutor rooms and a state-of-the-art moot court where you can also test out your debating and negotiating skills.  Bristol itself is a vibrant, culturally diverse city, small enough to feel warm and friendly, but big enough to provide outstanding extracurricular opportunities, including a host of clubs, sporting activities and community and volunteering groups.

Choose Bristol and do more with law than you ever imagined possible. 

Why Bristol?

- A Top 10 UK university and 58th in the world  (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

- A Top 10 UK law school (QS World University Rankings for law 2021 and Times Higher Education World Rankings for Law 2021

- One of the 10 most targeted universities by top UK employers (High Fliers 2021)

- Top 5 UK law school for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019) and for research intensity (REF 2014)

- Ninth best European university for teaching (THE 2019)

- The largest legal centre outside of London (CBRE) with access to global law firms, policy makers, NGOs, alumni mentors and more

- Home to internationally recognised centres of research excellence and world-renowned experts

- Exciting opportunities for real-life experiences of law through our law clinics, exclusive placements and mentoring schemes.

*#9 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law 2021 / ** #58 QS World University Rankings 2021

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