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THE COLLEGE OF LAW GRANTED FULL UNIVERSITY TITLE AND BECOMES THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW


The College of Law is delighted to announce that it has been granted university title and in future will be known as The University of Law. The granting of university title represents the culmination of many years of growth, innovation and recognition of the institution’s unique role in legal education.


The College of Law is a globally respected professional law school which has held degree-awarding powers since 2006. Today’s announcement marks a step in its continued evolution.


The University of Law will be a significant global player and is already one of the largest professional law schools in the world. It trains more than 7,000 students each year on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which are delivered within diverse and flexible patterns enabling students to access them from one of its eight campuses, the workplace or the home via the internet.


In recent years the College has led the way in providing strategic programmes to individual law firms to enable them to deliver their own business priorities. A large majority


of the current leaders of the most influential law firms are College of Law alumni.


Professor David Yates, Chairman of the Governors and Warden of Robinson College,


Cambridge, said: “The Governors


are delighted that the College’s long heritage of excellent teaching and learning has today been recognised in the granting of university title. It is a welcome acknowledgement of the College’s academic standards and recognition of its leadership in delivering innovation in teaching, learning and creating a more accessible and diverse legal profession. The creation of the university and the newly formed Legal Education Foundation provide two strong pillars for the future of legal education and access to legal education enabling the profession to meet its future challenges.”


Professor Nigel Savage, Chief Executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted for our students, staff and the sector in realising this ambition. As a specialised ‘University of Law’ we are a new type of institution,


focussed on teaching and learning, working alongside the research intensive universities which continue to provide leadership in research and our existing partners such as the Open University. We will help to bring diversity and increased student choice to the higher education spectrum; broaden access to the legal profession, and export high quality British education to aspiring lawyers across the globe.


“English law and English law firms are at the heart of today’s global legal framework and cross-border business world. Our students gain world-class, transferable skills, knowledge and qualifications that enhance their CVs and increase their attractiveness to future employers. Having a university title will give further credibility to that and will support their global recognition as future lawyers of the highest calibre.


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