University of Law Birmingham

B18 6AQ

The University of Law has campuses across the UK, with the Birmingham building on Great Hampton Street. It is one of the longest-established specialist providers of legal education in the UK.

Birmingham, the UK’s second biggest city, has one of the largest amounts of leading law companies and lawyers outside London, making the university a popular choice among students who have decided that their future career will be in law.

The university’s origins date all the way back to 1876, when leading tutorial business Gibson & Weldon was created, followed by the arrival of The Law Society School of Law. In 1962 the two merged to become The College of Law. It made a name for itself in 2006 as the first ever independent provider to receive degree-awarding powers, leading to the development of professionally-focused Bachelor and Master of Laws degree programmes.

Six years later, full university status was confirmed. The name changed from The College of Law to The University of Law – a significant moment in its history, as it demonstrated a commitment to serving the legal sector and future solicitors.

The university prides itself on being one of the leading legal education providers for budding lawyers, and giving professional development training to those who are already qualified. Staff work with law firms across the UK to help meet their training and development requirements, with many organisations sending their trainees to the university.

Its sale in 2012 funded the development of The Legal Education Foundation, which is one of the biggest independent educations charities in the country. It promotes the advancement of legal education and the study of law for future cohorts.

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Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London and Labour Party politician, graduated from the University of Law with Law Society Finals (now known as the LPC). He became a human rights lawyer after leaving university, before entering politics and climbing to prominent positions such as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London.

He began his current role as Mayor of the capital in the summer of 2016, and is one of several alumni of the university to have progressed to prestigious careers.

The university’s efforts on various fronts have been acknowledged by awards judging panels. In 2017, it was a finalist at the Education Investor Awards, having been shortlisted for the coveted Higher Education Provider of the Year accolade. Only weeks later, an international panel nominated the university as a finalist for the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) first Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA).

Earlier on in the year, the university was awarded a Gold ranking in the government-led Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF). The panel witnessed consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.

Strong links to employers and the legal profession were earmarked as further reasons for the award, along with course design and assessment practices that ensure all students are challenges to achieve their full potential; personalised development opportunities for students; and a culture of professional practice and teaching excellence embedded with academic staff, continuing involvement in professional practice.