About UCL Laws

Since 1826, the Faculty of Laws at UCL has thrived on the great traditions of legal education. It is a world leading law school rated top in the Guardian UK Law School rankings and 11th in the world in the 2014 QS Law School world rankings. Based in Bentham House, in London's Bloomsbury district, the Faculty is next to the main UCL campus and walking distance from the heart of Legal London - the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court.

Our Research

The Laws Faculty is an intellectually dynamic and diverse community of world-class scholars. Understanding that global challenges require the expertise of a range of disciplines, our research perspective reaches from the local to the global, addressing immediate domestic issues as well as universal social, legal, environmental and economic challenges. The real world impact of the Faculty's outstanding research is reflected in its influence on government policy, national and international law and practice, as well as public debate, law and legal rights.

Our People

UCL Laws has a student body comprising around 550 undergraduate, 400 taught graduate students and 50 research students. The Faculty has some 65 academic staff, many visiting professors and distinguished judicial and other visiting academic staff. It provides some of the finest research-based Laws learning in the world.

Studying in the centre of London

We see our London base as a positive opportunity to draw on the resources of a city that is the UK's centre of government, law, commerce, finance and culture. Leading judges and lawyers teach in our classrooms and judge our moots (mock trials). Students have a unique opportunity to enter the courtrooms nearby and to meet their future employers when they come to our various lectures or social events.

London's facilities for study and leisure cannot be matched by any other city in Britain. The British Library and the British Museum are close by and other great museums and art galleries (the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate and the National Gallery) are within minutes by underground. UCL students have the best of both worlds: all the fun and fulfilment of a bustling, busy city, with the availability of pastoral peace and tranquility close at hand.


About UCL

Welcome to About UCL, our short guide to the university

Our university is a modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of our times. One of the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities, UCL today is a true academic powerhouse.

UCL is among the world's top universities, as reflected in performance in a range of rankings and tables. 21 Nobel prizewinners have come from the UCL community.

We have a global reach and global vision. More than a third of our students come from outside the UK, attracted from 150 countries around the globe. 

Much of the energy of UCL life comes from our students. We provide opportunity and leadership in teaching and research, entrepreneurship, volunteering and overseas study. We admit only excellent students and work with them to develop and excel.

UCL was founded in 1826 as a radically different university, opening up English higher education for the first time to people of all beliefs and social backgrounds.

That radical tradition remains alive today. Our research strategy commits us to addressing UCL’s ‘Grand Challenges’, by working together right across the university in order to tackle the problems that face us today.