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University of Leeds: School of Law
University of Leeds
School of Law
Why study Law at Leeds?
One of the leading law schools in the UK, the School of Law at the University of Leeds has been providing high quality legal education since 1899. In that time, we have seen our graduates become prominent judges, politicians, academics and successful legal practitioners. With over 50 dedicated academic staff, we have legal expertise in a diverse range of topics affecting societies across the globe today. Students at Leeds benefit from studying in the fastest growing legal sector in Britain, according to the Financial Times.
As a department we are 6th in the UK for law, and 3rd for criminology, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. In addition, Leeds has been ranked 3rd in the Russell Group for student satisfaction for law, according to the National Student Survey 2020.
As a masters student you will have access to a range of co-curricular opportunities which will help you further develop your skills and put your knowledge into practice. You will have access to a number of pro bono opportunities such as PrisonLaw, a project where you are able to equip people in prison or with criminal convictions with legal knowledge, helping them to reintegrate into society upon their release.
Please note: As the vast majority of the opportunities involve volunteers physically going into the community, COVID-19 has had an impact upon the range of activities we are able offer in the current academic year. Where we can, we have adapted the projects to allow for remote volunteering, or are working with the relevant organisations to ensure volunteer’s safety if volunteering in person.
You will also be able to take advantage of the wealth of careers support on offer. The University and the School’s dedicated Employability Officers can help you find work experience opportunities. They also organise events such as talks by law firms and criminal justice employers, the annual law fair, as well as mock interviews with local law firms. Find out more about the career opportunities available to you.
Our research and expertise
Our national and international research standing represents our research excellence. We recognise the growing internationalisation of research agendas in legal, socio-legal, and criminal justice studies. Our thriving research centres include the Centre for Business Law and Practice; Centre for Criminal Justice Studies; Centre for Law and Social Justice and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education.
Postgraduate research programmes
We welcome applications for postgraduate research into any of the above areas. We offer two research degree paths for postgraduate students:
Postgraduate taught programmes
- LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law
- MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology
- MSc Security, Conflict and Justice
- LLM International Banking and Finance Law
- LLM International Business Law
- LLM International Corporate Law
- LLM International Trade Law
- MSc Law and Finance
- LLM Intellectual Property Law
Law and social justice
- LLM International Law and Global Governance
- LLM International Human Rights Law
- LLM Law and Social Justice
Two-year graduate programme
Hear from our staff and students
Meet students and staff from the School, and learn what it’s like to study a postgraduate degree at the University of Leeds.
What our students say
“My experience of studying at the University of Leeds has exceeded all my expectations. The academic staff are friendly and approachable and I have really enjoyed going to seminars and participating in class with the professors and my fellow international students.”
Melisa Martinez Delgado, LLM International Corporate Law
“Every seminar is exciting and the lectures have inspired me throughout the course. Being in classes full of international mates has been truly enthralling too.”
Ghanashyam Khadka, LLM International Human Rights Law
Find out what our students say about studying in the School of Law – read our student profiles.
Scholarships and bursaries
The School of Law and the University of Leeds offer a number of scholarships. For more information see our scholarships pages.
An international community
Each year we welcome a large group of international students from across the world. With around 9,000 students from outside the UK studying at the University, student support services are excellent. With pre-departure briefings in many countries, meet-and-greet schemes and induction programmes on arrival, we do everything we can to help new students settle into university life. For further information on our agents and international offices, please visit our international webpages.
If you are a single student from outside the UK or EU, the University will guarantee you a place in University accommodation (provided you return your accommodation application form and your deposit before the relevant deadlines). If you want accommodation for yourself and your partner or family, we do have some suitable accommodation. Find out more.
Leeds is a vibrant city which boasts a reputation as a student-friendly location. Lively and exciting, the UK’s fastest growing city has it all. From theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes or stunning local countryside, there is something for everyone. Find out more.
School of Law
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