Strathclyde Law School

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Coordinates: 55°51′47″N 4°14′28″W / 55.863°N 4.241°W / 55.863; -4.241

Strathclyde Law School
Established 1964
Type Law school
Head Professor Bryan Clark
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Affiliations University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde Law School was established in 1964 and operates within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Law School currently operates from the Graham Hills Building having been temporarily relocated from the Lord Hope Building (named after Lord Hope of Craighead, Chancellor of the University and Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court) until the summer of 2014.

The Law School offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Courses offered[edit]

LLB (Honours and Pass)
LLB in Law and a Modern Language
LLB Part-time
LLB Graduate Entry (2 years Accelerated Course)
LLB (Clinical)

BA (Honours and Pass)

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
Professional Competence Course
LLM/PgDip in Construction Law
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Internet Law and Policy
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Human Rights Law
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in International Law and Sustainable Development
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in International Economic Law
MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Advocacy

LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Criminal Justice and Penal Change

LLM in Professional Legal Practice

PhD/Mphil by Research

Centres Of Excellence
The Centre for Professional Legal Studies
The Centre for Law, Crime and Justice
The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law

The Centre for Internet Law and Policy

Heads of Department[edit]

1964 - 1976 Isaac Miller
1976 - 1985 Campbell Burns
1985 - 1990 Joe Thomson
1990 - 1994 Robert Burgess[1]
1994 - 2000 Alan Paterson
2000 - 2001 Kenneth Miller
2001 - 2007 Kenneth Norrie
2007–2013 Mark Poustie
2013-Present Bryan Clark

Teaching Awards[edit]

Professor Kenneth Norrie was awarded Scottish Law Lecturer of the Year 2007 at the Law Awards of Scotland, and the Law School obtained more nominations than any other law school in 2007, with Professors Norrie, Robson and Rodger being nominated.

The nominations for the 2008 award also included two Strathclyde Law School lecturers: Professor John Blackie and Professor Donald Nicolson.[2]

In the 2009 New Year Honours List Professor Alan Paterson was awarded an OBE for services to law and legal education.

The Law Clinic[edit]

University of Strathclyde Law Clinic
Formation 2003
  • Lord Hope Building, Glasgow, Scotland
Key people
  • Other officers:Professor Donald Nicolson (Director)
    Helen Donnelly(Student Director)
Parent organization
Strathclyde Law School

The University of Strathclyde Law Clinic was set up in October 2003 by Professor Donald Nicolson, and was the first University-run Law Clinic in Scotland. The Law Clinic offers free legal advice and help to residents of Glasgow and the surrounding area who cannot afford a solicitor or do not qualify for legal aid. Dealing mainly with employment law and small claims issues, the Clinic has branched out in recent years into planning, environmental, and landlord and tenant areas of law.

The current Law Clinic offices are located on Level 5 of the Graham Hills Building, on the University of Strathclyde John Anderson campus.

In March 2009, the University of Strathclyde Law School won Best Contribution by a Law School for the work and success of its Law Clinic at the LawWorks & Attorney General Student Awards in London .[3] The Law Clinic was also shortlisted in two other categories: the Best Contribution by a Team of Students category and the Best Contribution by an Individual Student category.[4]

In 2014, Jacqueline Wall won best contributuion by an indivisual student and the clinic was nominated for best contribution by a group of students.


The Law School has an active mooting society, which organises an internal competition and competes in various Scottish and UK external competitions.

The University of Strathclyde Mooting Society has a strong record, in both national and international moots. Strathclyde won the UKELA Student Moot competition in 2009, and also won the Alexander Stone Moot in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

A Strathclyde team was the 2009 European Champion of the international Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot [5] and represented Europe at the world finals in South Korea in October 2009.[5]

A team made up of Andrew Ross and Mark Leiser finished second in the 2011 OUP Mooting Competition, which was based on English law. In 2014, Clara Smeaton and Vanessa Puthucheary came second in The ICLR mooting competition, successfully beating over 20 English university teams on points of English law.

In 2014, a team consisting of Drew Long, Clara Smeaton, Shaun Alexander and Chris Miller will represent Strathclyde in the Children's Rights Moot in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The winners of the Strathclyde internal mooting competition 2013-14 were Chris Miller and Cameron Smith, who narrowly beat Mike Reilly and Ruairidh Leishman in the Glasgow High Court in front of Lord Brodie, from the Court of Session.

The University of Strathclyde Mooting Society Committee for the year 2014-15 consists of:

Clara Smeaton (President) Rowan Simpson (Vice President) Chris Miller (Training Officer) Fiona Malone (Fundraiser/Treasurer) Mike Reilly (Communications Officer) Rachel Shaw (General Committee Member)

The Society can be contacted on Twitter at @StrathUni Moot; on and on


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