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Join a law school with a world-class reputation and global outlook.

We have been ranked 10th in the UK for research intensity (Times Higher Education Subject Ranking on Intensity, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 – Law.)

100% of our research was judged to be world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (REF, 2014 – Law).

Exciting and diverse courses

Tailor your studies to your interests or career ambitions with our exceptional range of modules, pathways and programmes.

The modules on offer enable you to take advantage of the School's research strengths in the fields of international law, commercial law, European law, crisis, conflict and disaster management, and human rights.

We also offer MRes and MA by Research courses which are suited to students considering future PhD study, or those wanting to build a career which requires high-level research skills.

Teaching with impact

You will benefit from teaching, supported by applied research led by our academics.

Our highly regarded academics regularly contribute to global and UK policy development and law reforms through their work with governments and regulatory agencies. They are regularly invited to speak at conferences and to provide their expert opinion in the media.

Some of our tutors are advisers to government and policy-making bodies like the Law Commission and the United Nations, whilst others have been involved with, or cited in, cases before courts, including the European Court of Justice and UK Supreme Court.

Read about the impact our research is having

Dealing with matters in the field of capital market, I appreciate the wonderful experience I had in the School of Law, since it delivers practical skills which most universities do not provide. By virtue of what I learnt from the School, I felt that I had stepped into the business ahead of many rivals.

Wenxiao Liu

LLM International Commercial Law  graduate

Career and professional development

We offer you an extensive range of opportunities to broaden your practical experience and awareness, and develop your career prospects. Studying law will also equip you with valuable transferable skills, including public speaking, the formulation of legal arguments and the ability to think creatively.

Alongside careers fairs and workshops, we regularly organise sessions in which students can meet professionals, inviting external speakers to highlight career opportunities available to law graduates.

Our links with a variety of prestigious institutions, both locally and internationally, provide students with a variety of professional placement opportunities. For example, you can apply for work experience placements in local firms that are ring-fenced exclusively for University of Reading law students. 

Practice focused approach

We pride ourselves on the range of pro bono opportunities available, giving you the chance to put your legal skills to use in real-life situations. This experience is a valuable addition to your CV when applying for placements and training contracts.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in mooting (mock trials) and negotiation skills competitions, and to undertake training in providing legal advice and mediation.

Across many modules, you will also benefit from sessions led by guest speakers, who bring a wealth of practical experience and can bring the subject to life.

Inclusive community

We strive to maintain a close-knit, community feel within our School. You will be welcomed and supported by your peers and academic tutors and will become an important part of the School of Law.

Our personal approach offers you space to develop and grow as an individual while ensuring your work and study benefits from support and structure.

The thriving Law Society provides a fun outlet for the University’s Law students with a range of organised events throughout the year. They include the Freshers Reception, trips abroad, quiz nights, picnics, elections and so on.

Explore our courses

Set yourself apart from other candidates with a postgraduate qualification from Reading's School of Law.

Read Eyas's story

I’ve had an amazing journey with Reading. I'll be sad to leave at the end of my master's, but I feel prepared and excited for the next chapter of my life.

Eyas Alkswani

LLM International Commercial Law graduate

How you'll study

Thrive in our dynamic and international learning environment, underpinned by ground-breaking research and the support and guidance of expert academics and practitioners.