About the School of Law

The School of Law is a community that thrives on mutual respect, encouragement and commitment to excellence in the student experience, teaching and research.

We provide world class learning and teaching, and carry out research of global relevance. We aim to be recognised for our engagement with society, and our international outlook, as a top UK Law School. We offer you opportunities to achieve your full potential, challenge you to realise your ambitions, and prepare you for a successful career. 

The School of Law

School of Law

Centre for Criminological Research

Centre for Professional Legal Education

The Law Department – researching and teaching in a wide range of legal disciplines, and home of our law degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels: the range of Sheffield LLBs and the Sheffield LLM

Your learning

Study with us, and you’ll be taught by international experts: as a top 10 law school our teaching staff includes leading academics who help to shape the law and criminal justice in global society. We also offer a wealth of hands on experience in practice and consultancy outside of academia, in a number of legal jurisdictions worldwide.

  • All our students, from their first undergraduate year with us, benefit from this expertise, through small group teaching.
  • Professors teach on both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Our teaching is research led, keeping your learning at the forefront of your subject
  • Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are flexible, giving you the choice to specialise in your areas of interest, and to prepare for your career path of choice.

We combine real-world and commercial awareness with academic excellence, all in the context of a prestigious Russell Group institution.

80% of our graduates achieve a 2:1 or 1st

11% of our graduates achieved a 1st in 2015

Your skills, your career

Professional courses

Uniquely among English Russell Group law schools, we offer the opportunity for you to complete both the academic and vocational stages of qualifying as a solicitor in our Centre for Professional Legal Education.

Real world experience

We offer a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills and improve your employability, through participation in mooting contests and involvement in real world pro bono projects and partnerships. There are places for up to 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with 80 open to first year undergraduates.

Dedicated careers advice

In addition to The University of Sheffield’s careers service, we offer our final year and postgraduate students in house specialist careers advice from a qualified solicitor, as well as running a regular programme of employability and skills events, which give you access to professional, first hand advice to help you choose and prepare for a successful career.

Your skills


Research and scholarship are at the heart everything we do, including our teaching. The School of Law has a vibrant research community through its centres and institutes:

Research groups

We are international

Study abroad

We have more students taking part in Year Abroad programmes than any other UK law school, with more than 100 students studying abroad at 60 partner institutions worldwide.

Studying abroad improves academic achievement, builds confidence and improves your employability in an ever more global marketplace.

International community

The School of Law is a diverse and international community, with staff and students from more than 68 countries, speaking 14 languages. This environment helps our students develop cultural awareness and understand legal perspectives from across the world, again, helping to broaden your horizons and improve your career prospects on graduation.

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