Durham Law School – 4* Research and Teaching
Durham Law School at Durham University is one of the UK's most distinguished law schools. It is one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK, but also has a very strong commitment to teaching and learning. Its courses are highly regarded across the world for their quality, intellectual content and rigour.
With the support of the University, which recognises the School's excellence, we have recently expanded our academic and administrative teams. Our complement of full-time academic staff has grown from 20 to over 30 and is comprised of researchers of distinction and high reputation, as well as a number of promising, early career researchers. We have an excellent rate of publication with the leading journals and publishers, which reflects not only individual research achievement, but also a well established, robust research culture and environment.
We were ranked 4th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) - consolidating our world-class reputation as a centre of excellence. 100% of our staff were entered in the exercise meaning that we achieved research excellence in terms of both quality and depth.
We are consistently rated one of the top UK law schools by both the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.
Indeed, our teaching benefits from our research at every level, and our academic staff, together with our undergraduate and postgraduate students, comprise a dynamic and focused intellectual community. The School encourages a strong and vibrant student community by giving teaching and supervision a high priority, by committing resources to small group teaching in a way that is no longer common, and by ensuring easy access to members of staff, all of whom have dedicated open office hours. Our courses are highly regarded and entry to them is very competitive. Accordingly, student levels of achievement are very high and our graduates are in great demand by highly desirable employers.
Excellent Facilities, Reputation and Location
The School has excellent facilities for research and teaching, with its own dedicated law library housed in the University Bill Bryson Library along with smaller law collections housed in the colleges' own libraries. In addition to paper resources, we subscribe to a wide range of online journals and have access to all the major legal databases, including HeinOnline, Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.
Durham Law School is an exciting and rewarding place in which to study. Students are taught by scholars from not only the UK, but all over the world. The reputation of our courses, scholarship and student experience has ensured a diverse student intake. We take pride in integrating international students into the life of the School. We currently plan to recruit each year approximately 175 undergraduate and 145 postgraduate students.
Durham and its region are a beautiful and interesting part of the UK, and Durham University is an enormously popular place to study, providing a wide range of extra-curricular and college-based activities.