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Durham Law School

Durham Law School – World-Class Research and Teaching

Durham Law School is a world class centre for legal research and innovation. Our award-winning academic staff are leaders in their research areas. Durham was ranked third best in Law in the last Research Excellence Framework in 2014. Our award-winning academics are leaders in their research areas producing ground-breaking legal research with impact on policy-makers and active in public engagement both nationally and globally. We are internationally recognized across several key research clusters including Public Law and Human Rights, Commercial and Corporate Law, EU and International Law and in Biolaw. Our research is inspired and supported by our research groups attracting distinguished speakers, workshops and a range of opportunities for staff and students to benefit from, become involved and enjoy. Our intellectual community comprises a diverse and international body of staff working together with a large and diverse group of postgraduate research students.


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Durham Law School is a world leader for legal education. We are a top 40 global law school in the last QS World Rankings and consistently rated as one of the very top UK law schools by both the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide with an excellent track record of National Student Survey success. We value our strong and vibrant student community by delivering world class teaching and research with frequent opportunities to engage with our internationally respected academic staff on an individual level. Our teaching is award-winning, passionate and research-led. We bring the latest insights from our internationally recognised research and high impact work with policy makers to our lectures and a firm commitment to small group seminar teaching in seminars and our tutorial system much prized by employers. We educate our undergraduate and postgraduate students with the research, inquiry and skills needed to succeed and enhance employability at every stage. Our graduates are in great demand with leading employers with some of the top employment rates in the UK. Durham Law alumni include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Members of Parliament, in the Government and senior positions in law and other industries.

New Durham Law School building openening 2012

The Law School is located in Durham University’s purpose-built, state of the art £48.4m sustainable building development named the Palatine Centre - and the winner of the 2013 Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Northern Award for best educational building. The Palatine Centre is one of the most iconic and best-equipped buildings in the UK to study law with a Harvard-styled Hogan Lovells lecture theatre, moot court room, spacious dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate study suites with superb views of Durham Cathedral, attractive social areas and state of the art wireless and audio-video enabled research spaces. The University’s law library is located immediately next door in the University’s Bill Bryson Library with smaller law collections located in the libraries of individual colleges across campus. We subscribe to a wide range of online journals and have access to all the major legal databases, including HeinOnline, Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw (UK, USA and China) in addition to paper resources.

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 and receive a world-class global education. 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 in the delivery of our education and research. We annually recruit approximately 270 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students. There are several student-led law societies and law-related groups contributing to a vibrant environment.

Our beautiful city includes the World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle and Durham University is an enormously popular place to study, providing a wide range of extra-curricular and college-based activities. A recent survey found that, out of 91 UK Universities, students at Durham University have the best quality of life.