We are a top 10 UK Law School* in a world-leading University**. Our rich portfolio of postgraduate degrees is shaped and delivered by globally renowned academics who combine teaching and research excellence so you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue prestigious careers within the law and beyond. (*Complete University Guide 2024 / ** top 60 QS World University Rankings 2023)
Our postgraduate degrees
Learn from world-leading academics so you can become an expert yourself
Our intellectually demanding, the research-informed curriculum is delivered by academics who are leaders in their fields. As a Russell Group university, and a top 3 UK university for excellence in legal research (THE analysis of REF 2021), our academics are leading the way in diverse areas of legal research. It is this combination of teaching and research excellence that sees our graduates stand outgoing on to shape and inform policy and legislation around the world and across many sectors.
Choose from a diverse range of LLMs
The knowledge and expertise of our academics inform our distinctive and exciting range of LLMs with programmes including the LLM Law and Innovation, LLM International Law, LLM Banking and Finance, LLM Health, Law and Society, LLM in Human Rights Law, LLM in Environment, Sustainability and Business and many more to choose from.
Tailor your own degree
The pioneering research of our academics has also influenced a diverse range of optional modules that enable you to tailor your own degree.
Exciting opportunities for non-law graduates
Our MA in Law is an accelerated, senior status postgraduate degree. This law conversion course will enable you to graduate in two years versus three with an LLB – and with a deeper understanding of the law and legal reasoning than is possible with a one-year course. On this course, you will also have the chance for specialist study with optional units that reflect the expertise of our academics - setting it apart in terms of helping you achieve the highest aspirations you have for your future career.
Our careers programme
Gain the skills and knowledge to access a diverse range of careers
Choosing the University of Bristol means gaining access to a rich calendar of career-focused activities and a strong collaboration between the School, our alumni, international law firms, non-governmental organisations and a dedicated careers advisor with expertise in what is needed to access diverse legal pathways. Studying at the University of Bristol Law School means graduating with the skills, knowledge and contacts to fulfil your career aspirations and excel in or out of the law.
Get hands-on clinical legal experience and work opportunities in human rights, legal tech and criminology
Through our student-run pro bono legal service, the Human Rights Law Clinic and initiatives that tackle criminal law and the justice system, such as the Freedom Law Clinic and Empowering the Innocent (an initiative set up by the founder of the globally-renowned Innocence Project), you can gain recognised, real-life experience of the law that employers in a wide range of sectors will value. Further opportunities include mentoring schemes, human rights and legal tech placements and much more.
Live and learn in great facilities, an exciting UK city and one of the largest legal centres outside London
The Law School facilities provide the very best blend of tradition and innovation. Much of the teaching is based in the iconic Wills Memorial Building at the heart of Bristol, with its gothic tower, Great Hall and library - and gargoyle framed windows of its lecture halls. Across the road in Berkeley Square is another historic building, housing modern research suites, seminar and tutor rooms and a state-of-the-art Moot Court where you can also test out your debating and negotiating skills. Bristol itself is a vibrant, culturally diverse city, small enough to feel warm and friendly, but big enough to provide outstanding extracurricular opportunities, including a host of clubs, sporting activities and community and volunteering groups.
- Top three UK university for excellence in legal research (REF 2021)
- A Top 10 UK university and top 60 in the world (QS World Rankings 2023)
- A Top 10 UK law school (Complete University Guide for Law 2024)
- Fourth most targeted universities by top UK employers (High Fliers 2023)
- One of the largest legal centres outside of London (Chambers Student) with access to global law firms, policy makers, NGOs, alumni mentors and more
- Home to a diverse range of internationally recognised centres of research excellence and world-renowned experts
- Exciting opportunities for real-life experiences of law through our numerous law clinics, exclusive placements and mentoring schemes.