The University of Law (ULaw) (formerly the College of Law) is a for-profit, private university in the United Kingdom, providing law degrees, specialist legal training, and continuing professional development courses for British barristers and solicitors. Founded in 1962 as the College of Law, it is the UK's largest law school. The College of Law was granted degree-awarding powers in 2006, and in 2012 it became the UK's first for-profit educational institution to be granted university status. ULaw has eight branches across England.
The College of Law had been incorporated by royal charter as a charity in 1975, but in 2012, prior to the granting of university status, its educational and training business was split off and incorporated as a private limited company. This became the College of Law Ltd and later University of Law Ltd. The charitable branch, which remained incorporated by the 1975 royal charter, became the Legal Education Foundation. Shortly after the granting of university status in 2012, College of Law Ltd. was bought by Montagu Private Equity. Three years later Montagu sold the University of Law to its present owner, the Netherlands-based company Global University Systems.
The University of Law has eight centres in seven cities around the UK.
All are close to thriving commercial centres, leading law firms and transport links. Each centre is a modern, well-equipped professional law school and provides a comfortable and stimulating learning environment.
The postgraduate legal training courses on offer vary at each centre. The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) are available at all centres, and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is available in Birmingham, Leeds and London.
We are now offering the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in collaboration with the University of Reading from September 2017.
If you are interested in studying our professional law degrees, you can study in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and Manchester.
In addition to our world-class legal training, our wide range of clubs and societies means that we offer our students the perfect balance of work and social activities.