The College of Law (CoL) is to be rebranded The University of Law after being granted university status.
The university was given degree-awarding powers in 2006 and says that today “represents the culmination of many years of growth, innovation and recognition”.
Already one of the largest professional law schools in the world, it trains more than 7,000 students every year across eight campuses and online.
In a statement Professor David Yates, chairman of the governors and warden of Robinson College, Cambridge, says: “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: “As a specialised ‘University of Law’ we are a new type of institution, focused 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.
“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.”
The university has already formed strategic collaborations with law schools such as the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, IE Law School in Madrid and Beijing’s Renmin University of China Law School.
The news follows the sale of CoL to Montagu Private Equity and the planned establishment of a Legal Education Foundation with the proceeds of the sale. (17 April 2012)