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UCL Laws is an agenda-setting community of legal scholars. Informed by a rich heritage of philosophical enquiry, we produce research that matters and lend a clear voice to global conversations

Located in the heart of London, a global legal capital, we attract a diverse, international body of students and staff. Our research has real-world impact, shaping legal and judicial policy here in the UK and across the globe, and through our regular programme of public events, CPD courses and academic conferences, we add a distinct perspective to public debates, and a rigorous approach to legal practice.

Our heritage

For almost 200 years, we have led the world in the study and research of law. Our rich heritage reaches back to the very beginnings of UCL. A year after the university was founded in 1827, John Austin and Andrew Amos were appointed to UCL’s first Chairs in Jurisprudence and English Law, teaching such notable figures as the philosopher John Stuart Mill.

UCL Laws has always been a pioneer in legal academia. As the first faculty of common law in the country, we were also the first university to offer degrees in English, rather than civil law, and in 1888 Eliza Orme, the first woman to obtain a law degree in England, graduated from UCL Laws.

We have contributed to the development of law and public policy in both national and international contexts. Since 1946, the Current Legal Problems lecture series has offered critical analysis of contemporary legal issues, featuring a wide range of methodological approaches to law.

UCL Laws is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the UK. We have achieved the highest rating in the last four instances of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), and score highly across a range of student surveys and university leagues tables published over the previous five years.

A part of UCL

United by the radical spirit of Jeremy Bentham, the great philosopher of ethics, jurisprudence and government, the founders of UCL sought to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL was the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men.

With a dedicated and creative approach to addressing the world’s most urgent problems, UCL brings together world-leading researchers from across the academic spectrum, and works with global businesses, partner universities, and national and international governments to maximise the impact of our research and bring about change.

We are embedded in a top research-oriented university and our ambitious, cross-disciplinary approach to the study of law encourages students to seek diverse perspectives from across UCL. This focus feeds directly into our teaching, and students benefit from a curriculum that spans relationships between law, economics, health care, history and more.

We produce research that matters, the impact of which is felt both globally and locally. Our work was recognised in a strong Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 performance. The Faculty has been ranked number 1 in the UK for its world-leading research environment, and was the only law school to score a 100% 4* rating in the REF 2014 exercise for its research environment.

UCL was named as one of the top 10 universities in the world in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, and came top in London for law in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

At the heart of legal London

Our London location sets us apart from the rest. It gives our students and staff a unique opportunity to draw on the resources of the centre of the UK’s government, legal and financial communities. Our students have the opportunity to learn from leading lawyers and judges, the chance to visit nearby courtrooms and meet their future employers at professional networking events held by the faculty.

Since our foundation, we have been committed to helping members of the legal community in London to further their learning and grow professional connections. Many of our free public events, such as the Current Legal Problems lecture series, are accredited with CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and, in some instances, by other accrediting bodies such as the IPReg (Patent / Trade Mark Attorneys).