For teachers and advisors

Studying law at the University of Reading is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We have an established reputation for teaching and research excellence, and maintain our very high standards in teaching, as illustrated by our regular success in the National Students’ Satisfaction Surveys. Students are taught in small groups (generally between 10 and 14 students), in addition to the comprehensive lectures for the entire year.

The School of Law is keen to foster relationships with schools. We are proud of our School’s attractive setting, and we are always willing to receive visiting schools, as prospective applicants can meet current students and staff and ask questions. Likewise, members of academic staff are willing to address schools’ higher education conferences.


Should I study Law?

Law is a challenging and rewarding subject which requires students to engage with many contemporary issues at both practical and theoretical levels. Law is much more than a vocational degree: it is an academic discipline in its own right and is taught as such at Reading, although with regular reference to professional practical questions. More generally, if you would like to read a book that will give you an idea about whether Law is for you, you may find it helpful to read the relevant chapters of Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas J. McBride (Pearson Longman, 2007).

Should I study Law or read another subject and then do the Conversion course?

The important thing is to do a subject which you will enjoy studying for three years. However, at Reading, we have special relationships with the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) and the top-rated Guildford College of Law guarantee places on the Legal Practice Course to all Reading students who gain a second class degree. OXILP also offers a 10% bursary to all of our graduates who take up a place on the course.

Pro bono and volunteering opportunities

The School of Law offers many opportunities for our students to take part in pro bono and volunteering activities, and actively encourages them to do so. Our range of initiatives includes a Streetlaw project, Citizens Advice Bureau training, and other volunteering opportunities. Although such activities offer the students experience which will stand them in good stead for future job applications, we also think that it is a valuable enterprise in itself. We take our responsibilities to the local community very seriously.


The School of Law is at the forefront of the University of Reading’s e-learning projects. The vast majority of resources are available electronically through our Blackboard system, and students complete some assignments online. Many classes use interactive whiteboards to enhance learning.

Do I need to have studied Law at A level in order to study Law at Reading?

It is not necessary to have studied Law A level to apply for Law at Reading. The important thing is to be studying subjects which you enjoy and you will do well in. Some of our students have studied Law before, but different subjects offer students different skills which they can then bring to the new discipline of Law.

Does a degree in Law from Reading provide good career prospects?

While many graduates of LLB Law take professional exams and continue on to practise law, both in the UK and overseas, law graduates are also in high demand across many other areas. Potential destinations include European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media, the IT sector, professional services firms, banking and financial institutions and the public sector, as well as more entrepreneurial careers.

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