Our rich heritage reaches back to the very beginnings of UCL. A year after the university was founded in 1827, the first Chairs in Jurisprudence and English Law were appointed to John Austin and Andrew Amos, both of whom attracted scores of eager students to their classes, including such notable figures as J.S. Mill.
In 1832, the faculty organisation was introduced at the university, and established UCL Laws as the first faculty of Common Law in the country. From this moment, the division in legal education that had begun when King Henry III had closed the London law schools in 1235 came to an end.
For almost two hundred years, we have led the world in the study and research of law, and contributed to the development of law and public policy in both national and international contexts. Since 1946, the Current Legal Problems lecture series has offered critical analysis of contemporary legal issues, featuring a wide range of methodological approaches to law.
We have achieved the highest rating in the last four instances of the Research Assessment Exercise, and across a range of student surveys and university leagues tables published over the previous five years, UCL Laws has been consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the UK.