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The University of Sheffield

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The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is over 100 years old and is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. It is ranked as one of the world's top 100 institutions and has produced five Nobel Prize winners.


Sheffield is England's fourth largest city and is located near the centre of the country, so it's easily accessible by mainline rail and motorways, with international airports close by. Originally famous for steel manufacturing, Sheffield is a mixture of the traditional and the modern. It's a vibrant city with a lot of green open spaces, and more than a third of it is set within the beautiful Peak District National Park.

The University is one of Sheffield's largest employers and the two are closely linked. The School of Law enjoys excellent relations with the legal profession, both within the locality and further afield in other top UK cities or internationally.

In a recent survey, Sheffield was found to be one of the cheapest and best places for students in the whole of the UK, offering reasonably-priced accommodation, entertainment and a low cost of living. It has a good reputation for safety and has excellent local transport systems.
Cultural life is rich and varied, with two theatres of national importance, a variety of music venues, art galleries and cinemas. Opportunities to enjoy sport abound – this was the first UK city to be designated a National City of Sport.  Student Union activities are plentiful, with over 200 clubs and societies of all kinds for students to join and enjoy.

Administration and campus

The main teaching campus is close to the city centre and covers nearly three square kilometres. It includes an award-winning Students' Union and a £1.3million library, which is open 24 hours a day, every day. The University has over 70 academic departments and some 24,000 students. Student accommodation is mainly based in two new student villages, in the pleasant south western Sheffield suburbs, 1.5km from the campus. We can also offer modern apartments in the city centre. Most students walk to the University campus, but regular public transport is also available at a very moderate cost. Our Students' Union also provides transport to evening events.


Key facts

The University has over 24,000 students from 131 countries, and employs almost 6,000 staff. Our academic partners include leading universities around the world. Teaching quality assessments rate our teaching very highly across a wide range of subjects, and official research assessments confirm our reputation as a centre for world-class research in many disciplines.


We have a friendly, cosmopolitan outlook and welcome students from all over the world. The Students' Union offers students special induction events, and clubs and societies make it easier to make friends and settle in.

The School of Law

Law has been taught here since 1899. While acknowledging this important history, our courses reflect the way the law reacts to our 21st century society. We aim to equip our students with a first rate legal understanding of law or criminology and offer innovative teaching methods to motivate students into achieving their best.


We offer LLM and MA programmes and postgraduate law conversion courses as well as solicitor training via the LPC. A proportion of our teaching staff are qualified lawyers as well as being academics and our strength in legal practice influences other programmes relevant to the real world. We admit some 550 students to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes each year.


The School of Law is one of 13 departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences. This is the largest faculty in the university and includes departments such as management, politics, economics, geography, information studies and architecture.



The School of Law is based in Bartolomé House, which is close to the centre of the University campus. Bartolomé House is a gracious Victorian building dating back to 1880 but has a modern interior which provides a well-equipped base for all our law students. Seminar teaching takes place here and there are student common rooms, computer rooms, an internet café and a courtroom. The two university libraries are a few minutes' walk away. We also have an adjacent building, Bartolomé Lodge, which houses our legal advice schemes.



For LLM and MA programmes, application is made directly to the School using an online form available via the school's web site. When you apply, you will need to provide a personal statement, two academic references (in English) and transcripts/degree certificate (if available) and evidence of your competence in the English language. For international applicants the IELTS test is the most widely recognised test for English. English language requirements vary according to programmes.


For the LPC and Graduate Diploma in Law you apply via the Law Central Applications Board. Their website gives information on applying, guidance notes and application form.

Extra info

Bartolome House, Winter Street, Sheffield, S3 7ND
Phone: 0114 222 6770
Email: [email protected]
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