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Durham University

Durham Law School

Freshers Welcome

Congratulations and Welcome

Welcome to Durham and congratulations on your recent exam achievements! We are delighted that you have chosen to study at Durham Law School and hope that your time in Durham will be challenging, fulfilling, and will prepare you well to make a success of your chosen career.

The Law School is at an exciting point in its history. We have occupied our new, purpose built and state of the art premises since 2012 and have expanded our staff in order to be able to offer a wider range of optional modules than ever before. We are committed to providing not only an excellent environment in which to engage with and research the foundational law subjects, but also to offering a degree programme which is diverse and innovative in terms of both content and teaching methods. Alongside your studies, you will have the opportunity to engage in a growing number of extra-curricular activities led by law students - including mooting and working on a range of pro bono activities - and will benefit from our close relationships with a range of leading employers. In short, we aim to provide a supportive environment in which our students can flourish academically and personally; I look forward to meeting you in October and wish you all the best for your time at Durham.

Professor Thom Brooks
Dean of School

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) Username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart to the email address you provided when you applied so it is important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online - duo
  • Choose the "Banner Self Service" link in duo under "External Tools"
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

Module Registration

Module registration is a two stage process which includes:

• Selection of modules

• Approval of modules

The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules.

More information on module registration can be found at:

Your first week in Durham - University Induction Events Planner

We have put together a package of induction activities which will take place between from Wednesday 26th September for International students and from Monday 1st October to Friday 5th October for home undergraduates. For details of the University Induction Events Planner click here

Attendance of all of department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

You should have received the following information prior to your arrival:

  • IT log-in details for DUO, so that you can regularly keep up to date with staff communication and select modules.
  • Freshers welcome pack: Welcome letter from Dean of School Professor Thom Brooks
  • Undergraduate Student Handbook
  • Reading lists

If you have not received any of this information, then please contact Mr Matthew Barber, Undergraduate Programme Officer on 0191 3342861 or

Contact details

All members of the Law School are looking forward to meeting you in October.

Should you have any questions on any of the above, please contact:

Dr Henry Jones – Director of Undergraduate Studies: 0191 334 2838 or

Mrs Helen Ferguson/Miss Leanne Causer - Programme Administrator: 0191 334 6861 or

Link to department web page