You’ve decided you’d like to further your education and you’re going to study law, the next decision you make will potentially be the most important one you’ve ever made – where are you going to study?
Deciding on where to study takes more than a quick glance at the league tables before settling on one you like the sound of.
So, you’ll also need to consider the following factors…
What type of course do you want to study?
The first decision to make is the type of course you want to study – will you be entering the legal profession via an undergraduate law degree, or by doing a degree not related to law before sitting a law conversion course?
Although the latter option is the more expensive of the two, it could be the better one if you’re looking to keep your career options open or want to pick up skills and knowledge in another field, a foreign language, for instance.
If you decide to do a law degree, bear in mind that not all courses are created equal and so you’ll want to make sure you study a qualifying law degree.
What is a qualifying law degree?
A qualifying law degree is required to practise law in the UK and it’s an approved qualification that covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge as outlined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
This type of degree is known as an LLB degree course.
How to decide which course is the right one for you
If you want to solely study an LLB course then you’ll be able to apply to over 100 UK universities. You’ll have to consider other factors such as the optional modules on offer, the reputation of universities you’re considering and whether it feels like the right fit for you.
The location of the university could be key to your decision, especially if you want to practise law in a certain area of the UK, as each particular institution could have strong ties with local high street or regional firms. For example, if you study a 4 year sandwich course in the West Midlands you could find yourself at a law firm such as FBC Manby Bowdler; if you are considering studying at the University of Edinburgh Law School, you might wish to learn about local firms such as Morton Fraser before applying.
What are the best universities to study law?
If you want a degree from somewhere that will be looked upon favourably by law firms then you should be looking to apply to Russell Group universities, which include the following:
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- Cardiff University
- Durham University
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- University of Leeds
- University of Liverpool
- London School of Economics
- University of Manchester
- Newcastle University
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- Queen Mary University of London
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University College London
- University of Warwick
- University of York
If you’re looking for a university outside of the Russell Group, the following also highly rated places to study law:
- University of Kent
- University of East Anglia
- Lancaster University
- University of Surrey
- University of Reading
If you wish to learn more about Law Conversion Courses then visit the prospects.ac.uk site.
Remember, although going to university is an experience that not only shapes you academically but rounds you as a person, your studies are uppermost, particularly in a field as competitive as law.
Where will you be heading to study for you career in law? Or, perhaps you are currently working within the industry and have some helpful tips? Share in the comments below.