The University of Law is one of the UK’s longest-established specialist providers of legal education. Its origins can be traced back to 1876 with the formation of the leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon, and later on, with the establishment of The Law Society School of Law. In 1962 the two were amalgamated to establish The College of Law.
It was the first-ever independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers and not long after, in 2012, it gained university title.
The University is at the heart of legal education as the acknowledged leader in innovative, professional legal education for prospective lawyers and professional development training for those already qualified. Over the years, it has worked with virtually every UK law firm to help meet their training and development needs, with many firms sending their trainees exclusively to the university.
The University of Law made history in 2006 by becoming the first independent institution to be granted degree awarding powers by the Privy Council, leading to the development of our professionally-focused Bachelor and Master of Laws degree programmes.
With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, the university continuously focuses on developing the best legal minds.
In 2012, it was granted full university title and changed its name from The College of Law to The University of Law. This was an important development in its long history, reinforcing its absolute commitment to providing professional legal education of the highest quality to serve the needs of the legal profession and future generations of lawyers.
Its sale in 2012 resulted in a fund of circa £200m which allowed the creation of The Legal Education Foundation – one of the largest independent educational charities in the UK, dedicated to promoting the advancement of legal education and the study of law for future generations of students. It also allowed the university to establish a University of Law scholarship fund of circa £400,000 per year.
In 2017, the university added some more milestones to its history, including its Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework* and the launch of The University of Law Business School.