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Welcome to Durham Law School

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our award- winning academic staff produce ground-breaking research with impact. Durham Law School is ranked 6th in The Complete University Guide 2024 and we were awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award for commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all in 2022.

We are proud to deliver some of the best results for student satisfaction and employability – and our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current or previous members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Members of Parliament and others in Government. Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population from across the world delivering a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum with a commitment to small group teaching through seminars and tutorials much prized by employers.

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100% of research impact and environment was ranked 3* or 4* (REF 2021)
6th for Law The Complete University Guide 2024
Top 10 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
Top 50 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

  

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Join our Summer Courses in 2024!

Durham Law School is excited to be able to offer two summer courses in July 2024. Learn about International Arbitration or Chinese legal evolution within the global context. More information on each course can be found below.

DLS Summer Course on International Arbitration Durham-ECLS-EALSC Summer Academy for Global China

  

Study with Us

  • Undergraduate Study

    Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our LLB degree is a flexible, full-time course delivered over three years – and fully approved as a Qualifying Law Degree for careers as a barrister or solicitor.

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  • Postgraduate Study

    Postgraduate study at Durham Law School opens doors. Our Law School is a global leader with award-winning academic staff, top ranked research publications and centres and distinguished alumni in government, the UK Supreme Court, the UK’s top firms and chambers and beyond.

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Undergraduate Study

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our LLB degree is a flexible, full-time course delivered over three years – and fully approved as a Qualifying Law Degree for careers as a barrister or solicitor.

Group of students working

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate study at Durham Law School opens doors. Our Law School is a global leader with award-winning academic staff, top ranked research publications and centres and distinguished alumni in government, the UK Supreme Court, the UK’s top firms and chambers and beyond.

Lecturer and students in classroom

Research

We are at the forefront of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary debates where our contributions have made a significant impact.

Examples include our work on reforming the legal regulation of expression, especially media freedom and the availability of extreme pornography; debates on the meaning and contemporary shape of federalism, citizenship and immigration policies in the UK, EU and beyond; investigations into law's capacity to respond to technological change, especially in the fields of bio-technologies and multi-faceted security challenges, including oversight of intelligence agencies; and to debates around Brexit.
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Science Site and Bill Bryson Library

Scholarships

Thanks to generous gifts from our alumni, we can offer scholarships to our students.

Read more about our scholarships

  

Key Links for New Students

  • Student Hub

    Our Student Hub contains key information regarding your degree programme and the Law School. This is our student intranet and can only be accessed with your Durham University email.  

  • Learn Ultra

    Learn Ultra is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can find information and interactive resources for specific modules here.  

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Student Hub

Our Student Hub contains key information regarding your degree programme and the Law School. This is our student intranet and can only be accessed with your Durham University email.  

Learn Ultra

Learn Ultra is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can find information and interactive resources for specific modules here.  

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News

World Day for International Justice: Shining the spotlight on our Law and Global Justice @ Durham group

Wednesday 17 July marks World Day for International Justice. Our Law and Global Justice @ Durham group (LGJD) was formed in 2015 and here they explain how they came together to better understand the role law plays in responding to global challenges.
The Durham Law School entrance

Durham professor’s research on restorative justice is focus for Aarhus summer conference

The Aarhus Centre for Conflict Management (Aarcon) at Aarhus University hosted a summer conference discussing ways of embedding restorative justice practices more widely in the criminal justice system, such as developed by Durham’s Professor Thom Brooks. The conference brought together academic scholars, policy makers and practitioners from across Denmark, including the Danish Probation Service, to discuss insights from Brooks’s work on how restorative justice could be used more often.
Thom Brooks in front of a crowd in Aarhus

Upcoming events

Summer Course on International Arbitration 2024

Monday 22 July 2024 - Friday 26 July 2024
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Durham Law School, Palatine Centre, Durham
Law School Exterior

Durham Energy Disputes Conference 2024

Saturday 27 July 2024 - Saturday 27 July 2024
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
PCL048 - Durham Law School
Energy Event 2024

Special Issue Digital Launch: 'Who is Family Law for? Exploring Legal Approaches to Family Diversity'

Monday 9 September 2024 - Monday 9 September 2024
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Online - Zoom
Special Issue Digital Launch: 'Who is Family Law for? Exploring Legal Approaches to Family Diversity'

REF 2021 Result

Our Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

Durham Law School submitted fifty-five members of staff, comprising 53.97 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff, to the REF Law UoA. The submission included nine Early Career Researchers.
More about The REF 2021 Result
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Get in touch

Enquiries about Durham Law School and our courses should be sent via the contact links below.

Durham Law School

Durham University
Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE



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