Studying law

Why study law with us?

Law is recognised as one of the most useful and rewarding degrees to have. Studying law with us is highly stimulating, as all our programmes engage with contemporary issues in life and society. 

They will also provide you with a wide range of academic, practical and transferable skills.

Teaching and learning

Our lecturers are highly qualified, friendly and approachable, providing a perfect mix of research-informed and practice-based teaching. Many lecturers are both legal academics and qualified solicitors or barristers. 

We offer very high levels of teaching and contact, and are proud of our National Student Survey ratings, which place us at the top of law schools nationally - 97% of our final year students expressed overall satisfaction in 2017. 

Plymouth Law School is small enough to provide a student-centred service but large enough to enjoy close links with many employers and agencies in the South West. 

Consequently, we are able to provide opportunities for students to engage with practice through work-based learning and volunteering through our award-winning Law Clinic.

We also accept a number of doctoral students each year in various areas of law. For our current research interests, see our research page.

Careers advice

Our careers advice is embedded throughout the curriculum which means that we help you find and develop the right career path as an integral part of your degree, using a dedicated team of personal tutors and careers advisers.

Student competitions and scholarships

Our students excel in national competitions. For example, they have won national Mooting, Client Interviewing and FLUX (business) competitions (beating Cambridge and many Russell Group universities along the way) and reached the finals of the national Negotiation competition. 

In 2017 they also held their internal Mooting final in the Supreme Court, London and won five major Bar scholarships from the Inns of Court out of approximately 60 awarded nationally. 


Our focus is on providing you with a wide range of legal and professional skills to gain employment in your chosen career. 

This will allow you not only to become a solicitor or barrister but also to enter numerous other professions. 

For instance, many of our students have gone on to become journalists, politicians, senior managers, business entrepreneurs and legal academics. 

Employers are aware that our students have the skills they want, such as public speaking, problem-solving, critical thinking, researching, and offering practical advice. 

Well over 90% of our students are in work and/or further study 6 months post-graduation, with 80% in professional or managerial employment.

Plymouth Law Clinic (work-based learning and volunteering)

Connected, relevant and real - providing legal guidance and advice to the public, and valuable experiences to students.

Learn more about Plymouth Law Clinic

University of Plymouth Law Society

Student-led and focused on creating opportunities beyond the classroom, Plymouth Student Law Society is a vibrant hub for your social and professional activities.
Learn more about Plymouth Student Law Society

Annual Pilgrim Fathers lecture

Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls, talked with first year law students and members of the University of Plymouth Student Law Society after delivering the 25th Pilgrim Fathers’ Lecture 'The conflicts of legal pluralism: secular law and religious faith in the United Kingdom' on 1 November 2018.

Learn more about the Annual Pilgrim Fathers' lecture