University of Leeds: School of Law

University of Leeds
School of Law


Why Law at Leeds?
One of the leading law schools in the UK, Leeds School of Law 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 fifty dedicated academic staff, we can boast legal expertise in a diverse range of topics affecting global societies today. Our students benefit from studying in the fastest growing legal sector in Britain according to the Financial Times.

As a department we are ranked 8th in the UK for Law according to the Times and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 5th in the UK for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2019. In addition, law has been ranked 1st in the Russell Group for student satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2018.

Our First-Class Learning Environment – the Liberty Building
Since January 2011, the School of Law has moved into a new purpose-built £12m home. The Liberty Building incorporates high quality teaching and research space, a moot court incorporating the latest technology and a law and community centre to support the School's pro-bono work.

Our Research
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 PracticeCentre for Criminal Justice StudiesCentre for Law and Social Justice and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education.

Research Programmes
We welcome applications for postgraduate research into any of the above areas. We offer two research degree paths for postgraduate students:

Taught Programmes
Criminal Justice

Business Law

Law and Social Justice

Qualifying Law Degree

What our Students Say
“A research degree is a significant commitment – one that’s likely to test you like never before. But it’s also been the most fascinating and intellectually stimulating experience of my life. Undertaking a PhD brings with it so many opportunities. Grab them, enjoy them – and make the most of them!”
Sean Butcher, PhD Law

“The outstanding support offered by the members of staff was a key reason for my decision to return to the University to study the MA by Research. I am greatly appreciative for the personal development I have achieved whilst studying the course. My journey has made me much more confident in my abilities and I now feel particularly enthused to embark upon a PhD in the near future.”
Maariyah Islam, MA by Research

“The range of books and resources available is simply phenomenal. The sessions on essays, research technique, job interviews, and dissertations are a great opportunity, especially for students who have never been exposed to these kind of assessments before.”
Rochelle Nazareth, LLM International Banking and Finance 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 international and UK/EU students. 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 7,000 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 our international pages.

Guaranteed Accommodation
If you are a single student from outside the 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.

City Life
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.

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School of Law
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 7573



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