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University of Bristol Law School

The University of Bristol is ranked third in the UK for excellence in legal research (THE analysis of REF 2021) and we are a Top 5 UK law school for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019).

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, we are top 3 in the UK for excellence in legal research (REF 2021) and 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.

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

Top 10 law school (Complete University Guide 2023)

** #61 QS World University Rankings 2021


  • Top 5 UK law school for most graduate trainees recruited by top law firms (Chambers Student Guide 2019)
  • 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)
  • Ninth best European university for teaching (THE 2019)
  • Third in UK for legal research excellence (REF 2021)
  • 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.

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