University of Dundee School of Law
|University of Dundee
School of Law
The Scrymgeour Building, which houses the School of Law
|Dean||Professor Alan Page|
|Location||Dundee, Scotland, UK|
|Affiliations||University of Dundee|
The School of Law at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Scottish and English Law. It is the only institution in the United Kingdom to permit students to qualify into all three UK legal jurisdictions. The School is based in the Scrymgeour Building and the Law Library is based in the libraries building, both on the university's main campus.
According to The Times University Guide 2009, Dundee's School of Law was ranked 9th in the United Kingdom and 2nd in Scotland. In addition, the Complete University Guide 2009, backed by The Independent, ranked the School of Law 8th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland. In 2012, The Guardian ranked the Law School 10th in the UK and 1st in Scotland, and the Times Good University Guide 2012 ranked it 7th in the UK and 1st in Scotland.
The origins of the School of Law begin with the foundation of the University of St Andrews, around 1413. A group of Augustinian clergy, driven from the University of Paris by the Avignon schism and from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge by the Anglo-Scottish Wars, formed a society of higher learning in St Andrews, which offered courses of lectures in subjects including law. Through several centuries the teaching of law in St Andrews was incorporated into St Mary's College at the University of St Andrews. By the late 1800s, St Andrews was contending with geographic isolation and dwindling numbers of students, whilst a university college was burgeoning in nearby Dundee. Following several aborted attempts at various forms of incorporation and association, in 1890 the college began to establish closer links with the University of St Andrews and it was incorporated into the university in 1897. The campus in Dundee later became known as Queen's College, with the teaching of law transferred to Dundee in the 20th century. In 1967, the independent University of Dundee was created by Royal Charter, incorporating the former Queen's College, including the School of Law. St Andrews became, and remains, the only ancient university not to offer the study of Law. The School of Law was created in its present form following the re-organisation of the University in August 2006, when the Faculty of Law and Accountancy was abolished and the Schools of Law and Accountancy were created in its place, within the College of Arts and Social Sciences. The current Dean of the School of Law is Professor Alan Page.
International Law Society
Dundee International Law Society is a student led society made up of current and former Dundee University students, faculty members as well as scholars and friends from across the wider legal and academic community. The Society represents one of several linkages between the School of Law and the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. Dundee International Law Society organises regular seminars, colloquia, debates, roundtables and presentations on a wide range of international law problems and prospects, and serves as an informal society for analysis of international law questions both great and small. Practitioners, academics and students are invited to attend, to participate and to present papers or lead discussions.
The School of Law has an active mooting society, which organises an internal competition and competes in various Scottish and UK external competitions. The Honorary President of the Mooting Society is Lord Justice Jones. The Mooting Society bases itself at the moot court room located within the School's premises at the Scrymgeour Building. In 2013/14, the Mooting Society entered the Alexander Stone Moot, the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot, the ESU/Essex Court Moot, the NSLS Moot and the OUP/BPP National Moot. Out of these competitions, the Dundee team made it to the semi-final of the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Moot and the final 16 teams in the ESU/Essex Court Moot. Furthermore, three of the Society's undergraduates represented Scotland in the 37th Edition of the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition held at the Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands. The Dundee team participated in the "Roundsian Rescue Dispute" together with another 27 teams from 26 countries across Europe, and were named “Outstanding Team”.
The University of Dundee Law School has recently established a student-run Law Clinic. The Clinic offers free legal advice and help to residents of Dundee, including both the local and student populations, who cannot afford a solicitor and do not qualify for legal aid. The Law Clinic became operational on 31 January 2011, and currently runs from 9am-5pm every Wednesday and Thursday in the Centre of Dundee (Commercial Street, Dundee. Entry via Boyle's Chambers and ask for the Law Clinic at reception). The Law Clinic offers free legal advice on issues such as landlord and tenant, small claims, benefit disputes and employment. It can also provide services as a "McKenzie friend".
Student Law Review
The School of Law at the University of Dundee publishes a student law review bi-annually. The review offers the first chance for most students to publish their academic writing
Student Law Society
The long running student law society organises social- and careers-events for Dundee law students. Several traditional social events take place each year, including a Gaudie Night where first year students are assigned 'parents' from older years, with whom they must survive the night and who will then act as academic and social mentors. The law society also runs an annual pub quiz which is typical attended by teams of academics from within the School, and hosts an annual law ball at different ornate locations around Scotland. The law society further coordinates the School's sports teams which compete in inter-varisty matches against law schools from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, in sports such as football, basketball and hockey.
The University of Dundee's School of Law has the distinction of being the only law school in the United Kingdom to offer qualifying Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees in both Scottish and English/NI Law. Both LL.B. degrees can also be taken as Law with Languages degrees in French, German and Spanish. In the 2009 Good University Guide's "universities by subject" tables, the School of Law was ranked eighth in the UK and second in Scotland.
At postgraduate level, the School of Law offers a wide range of Master of Laws (LL.M.) courses and is also linked to the University's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, and the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science.
- LL.B. Scots Law (Honours and Pass)
- LL.B. English Law (Honours and Pass)
- LL.B. Scots Law with Languages
- LL.B. English Law with Languages
- Two Year LL.B. in Scots Law (Accelerated Course)
- Two year LL.B. in English Law (Accedlerated Course)
- Diploma in Legal Practice
- LLM/PgDip in Commercial Law: Programme Director: Mr Stuart Cross
- LLM/PgDip in Environmental Law:Programme Director: Ms Andrea Ross
- LLM/PgDip in International Commercial Law: Programme Director: Professor Peter McEleavy
- LLM/PgDip in International Law:Programme Director: Ms Elizabeth Kirk
- LLM/PgDip in International & European Law:Programme Director: Ms Carole Lyons
- LLM/PgDip in Law and Government:Programme Director: Professor Janet McLean
- LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Human Rights Law: Programme Director: Dr Patrick Ford
- LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Criminal Justice: Programme Director: Professor Fiona Raitt
- Distance Learning LL.M./Diploma/Certificate in Healthcare Law & Ethics
Judiciary and politics
- Colin Campbell, Lord Malcolm, Senator of the College of Justice
- John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell PC, KC, Scottish Liberal politician and judge
- Christopher Chope Member of Parliament, former Minister of State and barrister
- Lynda Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton, former Member of Parliament and Advocate General for Scotland, now Senator of the College of Justice
- William Cullen, Baron Cullen of Whitekirk, Advocate, judge, Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session as well as life peer
- Thomas Dawson, Lord Dawson, former Solicitor General for Scotland and Senator of the College of Justice
- Frank Doran, Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North
- David Erskine, Judge and MP for Forfarshire
- Donald Findlay Q.C., Criminal Defence Advocate
- Michael Jones, Lord Jones, Senator of the College of Justice and Honorary President of the School mooting society
- Alhaji Shehu Ladan, Nigerian lawyer
- William Lamb, Cleric, lawyer, and author, he was a Senator at the College of Justice
- Ronald Mackay, Lord Eassie, Lawyer and judge of the college of justice, sitting in the Inner House of the Court of Session
- George Mackenzie, Lord Advocate and legal writer
- Jenny Marra, Member of Scottish Parliament, attended Dundee to read the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
- Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colonsay,Tory politician, Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session
- Claude Moraes, former Commissioner for Racial Equality, now Member of the European Parliament
- Robert Moray, diplomat, judge and natural philosopher
- Elijah Ngurare, Namibian politician serving as the secretary general of the SWAPO Party Youth League
- Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of South Sudan
- Thomas Shaw, 1st Baron Craigmyle PC, KC LLD, Scottish Liberal politician and judge
- Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull, Senator of the College of Justice
Academia and general public service
- Professor Zenon Bankowski, Professor Emeritus of Legal Theory at University of Edinburgh
- Sir Colin Campbell DL, FRSA, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Nottingham
- William Kirk Dickson, Advocate, librarian and writer, he was Keeper of the Advocates' Library and Librarian of the National Library of Scotland
- Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities
- Kevin Dunion, Scottish Information Commissioner between 2003 and 2012, as well as former Lord Rector of the University of St Andrews
- Grant Johnson, former professional footballer and tutor in Private Client Law at the School
- Walter Kamba, Rhodesian lawyer and Chancellor of University of Zimbabwe
- Mr David Lessels, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen
- John S. Lowe, visiting professor at University of Dundee and expert in energy law
- Neil MacCormick QC, FBA, FRSE, professor of jurisprudence at the School and legal philosopher
- Finlay Macdonald, retired minister and Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- Kenneth Norrie FRSE, eminent professor of Scots Family Law and Delict Law, head of department at Warwick University and former chair at Kings College London
- Professor Peter Robson, Professor of Social Welfare Law at the University of Strathclyde*
- Jim Spence, sports broadcaster
- Evadne L. Wade-Garcia, author and Director of the Geology and Petroleum Unit in Belize’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Transportation
- "Dundee Law School Dean". University of Dundee.
- Watson, Roland; Elliott, Francis; Foster, Patrick. The Times (London) http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_gug/gooduniversityguide.php?subject=LAW
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- Guardian 2013 Law league table
- Good University Guide 2012
- About the School
- McKenzie v. McKenzie  P 33;  3 WLR 472;  3 All ER 1034, CA
- The top UK universities by subject – The Good University Guide