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The College of Law

Location:
Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, York

Main Campus:
Birmingham

Student Population:
8000

Website details:
www.college-of-law.co.uk

Faculties:

 

Why choose The College of Law?

The College of Law is a world-class professional law school with an unrivalled reputation and commitment to equipping lawyers for the fast-moving world of modern law. Our roots in the profession stretch back over 130 years, meaning our global connections to law firms and legal institutions give us greater insight into the business of law. With a proven, professional, career-based approach, we deliver self-reliant, client-focused lawyers ready to meet and master the challenges ahead.

 

Teaching quality

The College of Law focuses on innovative and flexible learning techniques combined with practical experience to provide high quality training.

  • The College only employs qualified lawyers and legal practitioners to design and deliver world class training
  • Courses are taught using a unique combination of face-to-face teaching and market-leading online learning techniques
  • Underpinning all teaching, is an emphasis on research, self-study and analysis, training students to think and act as a lawyer from day one
  • Students are also encouraged to gain practical experience by taking part in the College’s award-winning pro bono programmes, providing free legal advice to the public

 

Industry links and recognition

The College of Law is strongly linked to the legal industry through a unique graduate network and industry links.

  • 94 of the UK’s top 100 law firms and four of the five top global companies work in partnership with The College of Law
  • The College of Law’s strong alumni network ensures close links to the needs of contemporary, global legal practices
  • The College’s Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees were developed after it became the first independent institution to be granted degree-awarding powers in 2006
  • The College was shortlisted for The Law Society’s Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2011
  • The ‘Interights’ programme, run through the Law Careers and Employability Service, works on research cases for the international human rights centre

 

Variety of courses

The College’s courses are all taught across eight UK locations, providing flexible routes into a law career.

  • The College teaches a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and law conversion courses, giving students a choice of routes into legal practice
  • The College’s London Moorgate centre is the UK’s largest corporate-specific law school, providing dedicated training since 2006
  • Courses are specifically structured to be flexible for a variety of needs and personal circumstances
  • Students can gain practical experience through the College’s pioneering pro bono clinics, which give students the opportunity to get further practical experience
  • Students benefit from international links with the British Council, and the Juris Doctor (JD) programme allows LL.B students access to the New York State Bar exam

 

Student satisfaction

‘I was attracted to The College of Law because of its international reputation and strong relationship with law firms. It offers an expert, well-structured learning environment, with an LPC that’s designed and executed by and for professionals.’

Kushal Gandhi
Trainee Solicitor, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Full-time LPC, 2006/07

‘The College was over and above my expectations. After my LPC, I knew how the practice-based approach made subjects easy to grasp, so I chose to undertake my Professional Skills Course and an LL.M with the College. You can learn at your own pace, and the support is amazing. My supervisors were always on hand with helpful advice. Practice-based learning means that you’re prepared to find solutions to problems as they arise.’

Abby Cosgrave
Trainee, Mace & Jones

Full-time LPC, 2006/07
PSC, 2008/present
LL.M, 2008/present

 

Employable graduates

The College of Law prides itself on its high graduate employment rates and encourages students to gain work experience whilst they study.

  • 84% of the College’s 2010 LPC graduates found employment in the legal industry within a few months of graduation
  • The Law Careers and Employability Service offers over 3,000 pro bono work placements a year, careers coaching, and a successful mentoring programme
  • All graduates are encouraged to join the Alumni Association free of charge to further their networking opportunities after completing their course

 

Professional connections

The College of Law works in partnership with a number of high-profile partners, providing a network of contacts for students.

  • Partnerships with legal employers, including leading global law firms, local government and in-house lawyers, inform the College’s teaching
  • Many of the top UK and global law firms send their trainees to the College for legal training
  • Links with the International Bar Association, The British Council and The College of Law Australia also help students to pursue an internationally-focused legal career

 

Location

The College of Law teaches at 8 centres in 7 UK locations. All courses are non-residential, but students have access to an accommodation advice and the College’s Student Activities Committee, which hosts social, sporting and special interest activities at each location.

The Birmingham centre is close to Colmore Row, one of the largest concentrations of leading law firms and lawyers outside of London. Birmingham boasts a thriving, multicultural environment and is famous for shopping, theatres and premiership football in particular, as well as strong transport links to the rest of the UK. Courses offered at this centre include the GDL, LPC and BPTC.

Bristol is home to the newest College of Law centre. GDL and LPC courses are offered alongside a rich sporting and social scene in this centre of arts and media for the south west of England. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and is close to beautiful countryside.

The Chester campus is set in 14 acres of parkland, only minutes from the centre of the historic Roman city.  Chester is renowned for its racecourse and quick transport links to the famous Trafford Centre and Liverpool One shopping centres, as well as being home to a range of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. Available courses include the GDL and LPC.

Guildford is less than an hour’s travel from London and boasts a vibrant nightlife of its own. Set along the River Wey, Guildford hosts a variety of entertainment venues, including the Spectrum Leisure Centre and an Olympic sized swimming pool. The Guildford centre offers GDL and LPC courses. 

The London Bloomsbury centre is only 10 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, in the heart of the capital. GDL, LPC and BPTC courses are offered here. The College hosts parties and balls throughout the year, in addition to all the capital has to offer.

Located in the heart of the city’s financial district, the London Moorgate centre is close to the famous ‘Brick Lane’ as well as theatres, art galleries, shops and restaurants. It has great links with the financial and law communities and is the largest corporate specific law school. It offers GDL and LPC courses.

Manchester, as the ‘Capital of the North’ is rich in entertainment and opportunities. The College of Law centre is located in the heart of the legal community and has excellent links to North West firms. Students can take GDL or LPC courses and enjoy a lively sports and social scene.

The College of Law centre in York provides a tranquil setting in a beautiful medieval city bordered by National Parks. The city offers a vibrant cultural scene while the College offers GDL and LPC courses. It has a first-rate reputation with law firms in the North East and beyond and also has an extracurricular with something for everyone.

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