International College

Study law 

The law affects all of us in our daily lives. Train in law for a greater understanding of the world around you. At the University of Sheffield, you will learn about the delicate balance of free will and order and how the law can be used for good.

What is law?

Law is the study of the sets of rules that govern us, affecting politics, economics, and society. Laws are designed to keep us safe, settle disputes, and punish those who do not obey them. 

Law at the University of Sheffield

The School of Law is committed to excellent student experiences, teaching and research. Its faculty is made up of national and international experts and 90% of its research outputs are judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Its international outlook means students will learn how to practise law around the world.

The School of Law offers work experience opportunities and civil engagement pro bono projects to ensure you graduate with real-world experience of practising law. All of its undergraduate courses are qualifying law degrees, meaning you can start work straight after graduating.

Law degree options at the University of Sheffield

School of Law rankings

Ranked top 10 for research
in the UK
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Degree preparation at the International College

The University of Sheffield International College offers specialist university preparation for international students. On our pathway programmes, you will study key subject modules to prepare you for your degree, while also building confidence in your English language and study skills. Whether you are aiming for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you will have the confidence to succeed once you progress to the University of Sheffield.

Your pathways to studying at the University of Sheffield:

Entry requirements

International Foundation Year 

  • 2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 with minimum 5.0 in writing (minimum of 4.0 in other skills)
  • 1.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)


  • 2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
  • 1.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Why study law?

Law is a broad field that will help you develop a range of transferrable skills for your career. Some of the benefits include:

In law, you will need to gather information and form conclusions based on evidence so analytical skills are essential as a lawyer. Logical thinking, structuring arguments and making sense of complex documents all need an analytical approach. 

Conflict resolution skills help you to solve a dispute in a peaceful manner with agreement from all parties. Skills include being assertive, active listening and mediating. In law, you have to be able to see things from different viewpoints and be a neutral observer. These are skills that will help you in any career and also in life. 

Presentation skills are key in any career, particularly as a lawyer. In a law degree, you will get plenty of practice of presenting ideas and arguments in a powerful and professional way. For example, being able to communicate confidently and effectively is important when arguing a case in court or negotiating settlements. As is speaking clearly and persuasively to win your argument. 

Law career prospects

When you graduate from the School of Law, you’ll have an exciting choice of career or further study options. Sheffield is in the top 15 of universities targeted by top employers (High Fliers Graduate Market Research 2018).

Law careers include:

  • barrister
  • paralegal
  • solicitor
  • company secretary.

Related careers include:

  • chartered accountant
  • data analyst
  • patent attorney
  • trading standards officer.

Born in Nigeria. Made in Sheffield.

International student Jennifer in the library at University of Sheffield

I look at myself before and I have really changed because I tell people now all the time I have become more enlightened because I have become exposed to new things and new cultures. When I first got here it was more like a culture shock. But then making new friends and meeting new people in Foundation and lots of international students, and then the British friends outside the College. That helped me to adapt and I got to experience a lot of new things.

Chukwuemeka from Nigeria

Studied International Foundation Year – Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

Progressed to LLB (Hons) Law

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