School of Law

School of Law

The School of Law at the University of Leeds is home to students, staff and alumni who are actively making a difference in the world. Whether it’s exemplary teaching, internationally-recognised research, or extensive public engagement work, we’re a passionate community investing in new generations of legal scholars.

Top reasons to study here

  • Top 10 in the UK for law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 2 in the UK for criminology (Guardian University Guide 2022)
  • Top 100 in the world for law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)

Master's Programmes

Law (12)
Business & Management (3)
Social Sciences (2)



The School of Law was established in 1899, and has shaped the intellectual and practical development of law and public policy on both a national and international scale for over a century. Our global impact has ranged from improving professional practice and reshaping law and policy across Europe, to providing consultancy to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.


We have an established reputation for stimulating teaching which supports and inspires students to develop into highly-skilled law professionals, which is one of the reasons why our graduates are highly targeted by leading employers. Our students also greatly benefit from a network of professional and academic partnerships – collaborating and sharing practice with guest lecturers and prestigious visitors as part of our ever-expanding international community.


The School of Law fosters and promotes research in all major fields of legal study. Our research is organised into four leading research centres, whose staff deliver teaching and supervision to our students at all levels. Our research centres are: the Centre for Business Law and Practice, the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education and the Centre for Law and Social Justice.

Our research explores contemporary issues across the fields of law and criminal justice, informing policy and practice on a national and international level.


Studying a degree in the School of Law enables you to develop the key skills for a successful career in law, criminal justice or beyond, preparing you for your future from day one. 

Our graduates have gone on to work in the public and private sector in roles including as a barrister, solicitor, lawyer, senior policy adviser, lecturer, civil servant and police officer.

We offer a host of opportunities for you to get involved in, from mock interviews with the Careers Centre, attending law and criminal justice careers fairs, or gaining additional experience.

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Student services

Whilst encouraging you to become a self-motivated learner, our staff will guide you through your studies and help you to develop the skills to become an independent critical thinker.

You will either be assigned a personal tutor or two research supervisors, depending on the type of course you are studying. These individuals are your first stop for all of your academic needs and are there to help you achieve your potential.

Housing services

Our university residences offer something for everyone, with locations around the city to suit your needs. We have an impressive range of accommodation from modern, purpose-built apartments to converted mansions both on and off campus. 

We provide over seven thousand undergraduates with accommodation every year. We also have some accommodation specifically for postgraduate students, and guarantee offers of accommodation to international postgraduate students under certain circumstances. 

Library services

The University of Leeds has one of the major academic research library collections in the UK. Our four libraries – The Brotherton, Edward Boyle, Laidlaw and Health Sciences – each house a different subject-based collection. 4,000 study spaces are available, from silent individual study to vibrant group work areas. 

Our online resources include 35,000 e-journals and more than 500,000 e-books. 

ICT services

All our libraries have extensive computer facilities. You’ll also have access to:

  • a wide range of software and services
  • free high-speed wi-fi across campus
  • IT help and support from our IT service desk 
  • teaching spaces with computer-supported classrooms
  • flexible learning environments for personal and group study
  • a state-of-the-art lecture capture and multimedia management system.

Medical services

The Leeds Student Medical Practice is located on the edge of campus and provides various services to University of Leeds students. There is also wellbeing support available through the university and the Leeds University Union.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Leeds is a unique campus – housing all our facilities together in one 100-acre area, while also being just a short walk from the centre of the city of Leeds.

Along with all our academic facilities, laboratories, teaching and study spaces and libraries, our campus is also home to cafes, sports facilities, green spaces and our award-winning students’ union.

Leeds University Union is in the centre of campus and is a hub of activity. Clubs, bars, food outlets, cafes, a beauty salon and so much more. 

Sports facilities

You’ll have access to our £12.2 million sports centre, The Edge. Located on campus, The Edge has a 250-station gym floor, a 25-metre pool, sports courts and a climbing wall.

Our fitness suite is one of the largest of any university in the UK. Over 220 exercise classes take place every week during term time, and you could also access our dedicated personal training and strength and conditioning rooms with qualified trainers.

The Edge also has squash courts and sports halls where you can play badminton, netball, five-a-side and more. Additional studio space, sports halls and squash courts can be found around campus, and our Sport Park – a short drive from campus – has numerous high-quality outdoor facilities.

Student clubs

The Leeds University Union is home to more than 300 clubs and societies for you to join, so whatever you’re interested in there is something for you. There are societies dedicated to sports, media, performance, academic interests, cultural and language groups, faith, politics and volunteering to name a few. And if you can’t find a club or society that aligns with your interest, there is always the opportunity to start your own.

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