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Join our friendly and inclusive community – we are focused on developing our students into competitive, well-rounded candidates who are prepared for a wide range of careers.

You will benefit from one of the largest pro bono programmes in the country, and from our world-leading academics. We also offer you a wide range of exciting and relevant modules and co-curricular opportunities to enhance your learning and complement your studies. 

My favourite thing about studying law at Reading is the close community that you can immerse yourself within. This is not apparent at many universities. There are endless opportunities to make connections with your peers and staff through extracurricular activities!
Lily Sainsbury, LLB Law Student

What it's like to study law at Reading

Watch graduate Manon Williams talk about her experiences as a law student at Reading.

Read Manon's story

Leaders in the field

You will learn from experienced academics and leading experts in specialist areas such as medical, environmental, international, and commercial law, gender and justice, and youth and justice.

Your learning will be supported by applied research led by our academics, experts who contribute to global and UK policy development as well as law and criminal justice reforms through their work with governments and regulatory agencies. They are regularly invited to provide their expert opinion in the media and at conferences. Some of your tutors are advisers to government and policy-making bodies like the Law Commission and the United Nations, whilst others have been involved with cases before the European Court of Justice and UK Supreme Court. Some work closely with some of the main penal reform organisations like the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

99% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Law).

Read more about our world-leading research

Career-boosting activities

At the School of Law, we believe that thinking beyond your degree is the best preparation for your future career. We offer you an array of career-related, co-curricular activities alongside your main academic studies. Participation in these activities can help to advance your professional development and build the skills and attributes that employers find most valuable.

Activities include taking part in client interviewing, negotiation, mediation, mooting competitions, and carrying out pro bono work. You will gain experience through real interaction with practicing solicitors and barristers, and real clients. You have the opportunity to get involved with Pro bono projects, Mooting, Employability events and careers workshops, Professional development opportunities and work experience programmes.

University of Reading [Law] students have been impeccable and exhibit a positive outlook and attitude towards their work experience. They have been enthusiastic learners and have conducted themselves in a professional manner. We appreciate each and every student's help and the impact they've had in assisting our team in completing matters. The dedication and a willingness to learn from all students is commendable and we continue to welcome them to assist them in getting a real insight of their legal career.

Ms Naheed Akhtar

Partner, Chatham Chambers LLP

Join a supportive environment

At Reading, we strive to maintain a close-knit community feel within our School. You will be welcomed and supported by friendly academics, peers and your academic tutor. We believe our personal approach offers you space to develop and grow as an individual while ensuring your work and study benefits from support and structure. You will have the opportunity to join the Reading Student Union's Law Society

Law students shape their university experience

Hear from Associate Professor Amanda Millmore discuss how staff in the School of Law work with students to shape how we teach and support our law students.


Tailor your studies

Select from our wide range of optional modules and shape your degree to your interests. Take modules in human rights or international law and focus on private or public law. Alternatively, you can select theory-based modules that question the purpose and impact of law such as jurisprudence, morality.

Complement your legal study with modules from outside law, including languages, politics, and business courses such as entrepreneurship. You can also integrate co-curricular activities with your module options. For example, you can seek credits for your pro bono work.

Year abroad

If you wish to spend an additional year studying abroad, within or outside Europe, you can transfer onto our year abroad programme, the LLB Law with International Legal Studies, subject to the availability of placements with our partners.

This degree gives you the opportunity to study law in an entirely different context to the UK and can be valuable both for a deeper understanding of law and for those who may wish to work abroad in the future.

Find out more about studying abroad

Excellent career prospects

We offer an array of career-related activities to help advance your professional development and build the skills and attributes that employers find most valuable.

We have a dedicated careers adviser and a calendar full of career-orientated events built into your degree. This includes help with CV writing, placement applications and interview techniques, regular commercial awareness workshops and other career-orientated events, including employer visits, alumni conversations, and career talks, which feature practitioners from a range of legal and criminal justice fields discussing their work. 

An LLB Law or MLaw degree from the University of Reading will provide you with a wide range of transferable skills suitable not only for a career as a solicitor or barrister but also in the fields of education, the police force, film and media journalism, accountancy, insurance, banking and the Civil Service. Most of our students enter graduate-level roles or go on to further study, including vocational study for the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course. 

Past graduates have worked with global corporations, national and European businesses, as barristers in chambers, and for the Crown Prosecution Service.


Meet our experts

Our academics are leading subject experts who contribute regularly to global and UK policy development and law reforms through their work with governments and regulatory agencies.


Read Shadha's story

I decided to pursue a law degree at Reading as I was looking for a University with a good ranking, good teaching faculty, multicultural community and sufficiently close to London.

Shadha Alkharusi

LLB graduate


Our research

Our academics undertake a wide variety of research, much of which has produced a tangible impact beyond the University.