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Why choose ̨ʹٷվ?

Award-Winning University

We are the largest provider of legal education in the UK*. At ̨ʹٷվ, we go beyond academic excellence. Our guiding principle is that our students are taught in a realistic, professional and contemporary context, with plenty of practical interactive engagement and one-to-one teaching and support. This has earned us a 5 Star QS rating and allowed our alumni to achieve extraordinary things, such as an exceptional 78% of our students passing the January 2024 SQE1 assessments first time, compared to the industry average first attempt pass rate of 59%**.

*HESA 2021/22.
**All eligible cohorts contacted, results based on over 1,800 responses.

In June 2021, ̨ʹٷվ were earned 5 Stars in the World University Rankings, by global higher education analysts, QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

QS states a typical five-star institution is: “generally world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys an excellent reputation and has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.”

As well as achieving an overall 5 Star rating as an institution and for the Law subject, ̨ʹٷվ have achieved 5 stars in:

  • Teaching
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  • Online Learning
  • Academic Development
  • Inclusiveness
  • And a further 4 Stars for Specialist Criteria for our LLB and Internationalisation.

In the 2023 (NSS), we ranked in the top 20 for teaching among English universities.

In Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham we were 1st for Teaching versus competitors in each city.

In London we were 2nd for Teaching among universities in London.

For online courses we rank top for ‘How good are teaching staff at explaining things’ amongst English universities.

We have a choice of 17 locations in 15 cities across the UK, plus international locations in Berlin and Hong Kong.

All are close to thriving commercial centres, leading law firms and barristers’ chambers, with excellent transport links.

Our QS rating reflects areas of excellence across all of our campuses in England, its partnership Universities and increased recognition for our international presence at GISMA in Berlin and Hong Kong.

In September 2023, we were awarded an overall Silver rating, with a Gold rating for Student Experience and Silver rating for the Student Outcomes in the Office for Students (OfS) Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for 2023.

An overall Silver rating indicates that the student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality.

The TEF is a national scheme run by the OfS that assesses undergraduate courses and aims to encourage excellence in teaching, learning and student outcomes. It is a rigorous and independent assessment of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes for undergraduate programmes in higher education institutions.

The TEF panel judged our Student Experience aspect as Gold, stating the student experience is typically outstanding with Student Outcomes being awarded a Silver meaning they are typically very high quality. The OfS statement of findings sets out the reasons for the panel judgement on Student Experience (in particular SE1 criteria), saying “Overall, the panel concluded that the submission and indicators evidence that the provider has embedded outstanding teaching, feedback and assessment practices that are highly effective and tailored to its students’ learning, progression, and an attainment.” 

The award reflects our dedication to nurturing intellectual curiosity, fostering critical thinking and supporting students’ personal and professional development.

Innovative Teaching

Our expertise and dedication to your employability is ingrained into the learning experience, with carefully designed courses that incorporate real-world elements of law and business.

Through innovative teaching and strong links with professional bodies, law firms, businesses, and chambers across the world, we want to support you to make your aspirations a reality. You will also learn using our unique and innovative Prepare, Engage, Consolidate (PEC) learning model, amongst several others.

With an extensive online offering, you can learn from anywhere in the world with us.

Our Online Campus brings together a community of students and professionals from law and business technology to provide a high quality and flexible way for students to achieve their ambitions.

Our new learning and teaching strategy prepares our graduates for a changing world ahead.

The model is underpinned by a focus on digital strategies and providing an outstanding and distinguishable learning pathway.

Powerful Connections with 91 of the top 100 law firms

We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver legal training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms in the UK, including those listed below.

 

              

 

          

 

          

 

        

 

          

 

             

 

               

 

         

 

    

 

Why choose a career in law?

Hear from UK law firms on what a career in law can offer.

 

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With one of the largest careers services in the UK, ̨ʹٷվ provides the support and opportunities you need to make the best start in your career.

In 2020/21, 95% of postgraduate students in employment were in highly skilled employment 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2022.

Our specialist advice and exceptional networking experiences have allowed us to train more practising lawyers and business professionals than anywhere else in the UK.

Our career-focussed courses have been designed to support you to develop commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills that employers are looking for.

We're so confident that you'll succeed with our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2), LPC or PG Business courses, that we offer you our Employment Promise. If you don’t get a job in the first nine months after graduating, we’ll give you your course fees back - up to 50% as cash back and 50% as credit towards another course.*

Read more about our Employment Promise ➔

̨ʹٷվ Business School Advisory Board supports the School in achieving transformational and innovative education, and provides a productive link between students, educators and industry practitioners.

The Board is led by high-level business executives from leading international organisations. The members of the board have been selected for their continued excellence in their sectors and their commitment to future generations of business leaders.

We're proud to share our SQE pass rates and celebrate the success of our students.

SQE1: 78% of our students passed the January 2024 SQE1 assessments first time, compared to the industry average first attempt pass rate of 59%*

SQE2: 82% of our students passed SQE2 in October 2023 compared to the industry average pass rate of 64%**

*All eligible cohorts contacted, results based on over 1,800 responses.
**All eligible cohorts contacted, results based on student responses.

Scholarships and bursaries to set you up for success

We have a fund of over £3m and a range of scholarships and bursaries based on need and/or merit which are accessible to students of all backgrounds.

Awards include:

  • The Lord Blunkett Widening Access award, available for undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Choose Law Full Fee scholarships, including the Sadiq Khan and Baroness Warsi Set for Success Awards
  • Business and Law First Scholarships
  • Career Changer Scholarships to support those who are coming back into education to re-train for a new career.

We also support the Law Society Diversity Access scheme, the Birmingham Law Society Diversity Inclusion scheme and a number of other foundations to provide support to students.

Find out more about our scholarships and bursaries ➔

 

Wellbeing and Support

Students have dedicated Academic Coaches and Student Journey Advisors, and our support teams provide advice and guidance for a range of student needs, whether it be research, health or personal wellbeing.

With our Library & Study Skills team, Student Welfare Advisors and the Disability & Inclusion Support Service, you can be confident that whatever may happen during your studies, we’ve got your back.

Whether you want greater flexibility with your learning or to experience life in a new city, you can take your pick.

CampuSwitch provides the opportunity to study at any of our seventeen campuses globally or make the switch to online learning.

Enjoy our My̨ʹٷվ app where you can access support from wherever you are, at any time.

The app has a range of useful resources:

  • Covid-19 advice and updates
  • Wellbeing resources
  • Campus map
  • Quick polls

The app provides digital access to your timetable, course and library materials so you can learn on the go.

̨ʹٷվ Diversity and Inclusion Advocate Scheme recruits current students to work together with University staff to support and empower Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students.

The Advocates support students from all courses and campuses of the University to express their opinions on their student experience in a safe space. They work with the University to co-create and co-deliver activities and events aimed at improving the experiences and outcomes of students.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is a top priority. We regularly hold events and publish content, such as our Diversity Matters campaign, as part of our wider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities exploring a variety of themes in detail.

Diversity Matters presents both current and potential students and staff members the opportunity to hear from inspiring EDI advocates and get involved in the conversation.

Outstanding Alumni Network

Our talented pool of more than 100,000 alumni hold senior roles in law firms, chambers, major businesses and government across the globe, a track record which truly speaks for itself.

Our expansive legal alumni group provides law and business students exceptional networking opportunities.

Your time with us doesn’t end once you've completed your studies. As a graduate you are eligible to become a member of our – joining our global community of over 100,000 alumni from over 155 countries.

Alumni also benefit from our Alumni Network Loyalty Scheme, with up to £1000 discount off our postgraduate courses.