About the School

The University of Bristol has been a leading provider of legal education for more than a century. The Law School is housed in the iconic Wills Memorial Building with easy access to the rest of the University and to the many cafés and shops in the Park Street area. Representing a unique blend of tradition and innovation, the School offers an educational experience which challenges and empowers exceptionally talented, highly motivated students.

With a strong and sustained reputation for the quality of our teaching and research, we also enjoy entrenched links with the legal profession, locally, nationally, and internationally, and an impressive record in terms of graduate employment. The many benefits of studying law at Bristol are evidenced not least by the success and continued commitment of our alumni community, many of whom continue to be involved in supporting and developing the school and its students, through our various mentoring schemes and Law School Advisory Board committee.

The University of Bristol is ranked third in the UK for excellence in legal research (THE analysis of REF 2021) and the fourth most targeted university by top UK employers (High Fliers 2023). Our rich portfolio of undergraduate and 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 courses have an international outlook, with established partnerships with universities in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia, giving our undergraduate opportunities to study abroad.

In addition, the curriculum is richly supported by opportunities to develop the skills employers are looking for, undertake pro bono work with the Law Clinic or join our award-winning student societies. Much of our teaching takes the form of small-group teaching and the School prides itself on its strong pedagogic ethos, sustained commitment to the personal and professional development of students, and the provision of a research-rich curriculum delivered by an intellectually distinguished cadre of legal scholars at the forefront of their research fields.

Head of School

Professor Catherine Kelly is the current Head of School.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

The University of Bristol Law School is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.

The city of Bristol

The University of Bristol Law School is housed in the Wills Building, in the heart of the city of Bristol, with its green spaces and thriving centre.

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