The University of Law (ULaw) (formerly the College of Law) is the oldest private university in the United Kingdom. The university has been recognised as "the world's leading professional law school" by several magazines and annual publications of university rankings, including the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings. Founded in 1961 as the College of Law, the university is the largest law school and specialist provider of legal training in Europe. It was incorporated by royal charter in 1975, but in 2012, immediately prior to the granting of university status, the educational and training business of the college was split off and incorporated as a private limited company. This became the College of Law Limited and then the University of Law Limited later in 2012, while the charitable branch (which remained incorporated by the 1975 royal charter) became the Legal Education Foundation.
The university is one of the major providers of Continuing Professional Development courses for English and Welsh judges, barristers, solicitors, and paralegals. According to the National Student Survey, in 2014, the institution was considered as the Great Britain's joint second most successful university, with a learner satisfaction level of 92%.
The university is well known for its notable alumni and staff, including 153 UK Members of Parliament, numerous chief justices and many other governors of overseas nations.
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