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 in the top quartile of Law programmes nationally. 

Our Law programmes are small enough to provide a student-centred service but large enough to enjoy close links with many employers and agencies locally, regionally and nationally. 

Consequently, we are able to provide opportunities for all of our students to engage with practice via a route of their choice including work-based learning for credit, an optional placement year and volunteering, supported through the work of our multi 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.


Developing your career 

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. 

Throughout your degree we will help you develop your career goals and ambitions through our dedicated team of personal tutors and careers advisers. This may include assisting you with scholarships, including to the Bar, something our students are successful in winning every year.  

Our student community 

We have an outstanding student Law Society, with which we work closely and which offers numerous opportunities to socialise, network and hone skills through competitions including in mooting. Our students have excelled in competitions over recent years, reaching the final and winning national competitions in mooting, client interviewing and negotiation.

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.

The society organises excellent social and networking events, and helps you take part in internal and national student competitions.

Learn more about Plymouth Student Law Society