Durham Law School

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Durham University
Durham Law School
Durham shield.png
Established 1969
Dean Thom Brooks
Address Durham University
Palatine Building
Stockton Road
, Durham, England, UK
Affiliations University of Durham
Website www.dur.ac.uk/law/

Durham Law School is the law school of Durham University. Durham is ranked joint 40th in the world for law by the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.[1]

Durham Law School graduates currently sit on the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, in government and in Parliament as well as other leading roles. Small group teaching in tutorials taught in academic staff offices and seminars are a central part of the School's award-winning legal education and unique for most law schools. Durham Law School has particular research strengths in the areas of Public Law & Human Rights, Commercial & Corporate Law, EU & International Law and Biolaw.

Thom Brooks is Dean of Durham Law School.

Programmes Offered[edit]

Durham Law School offers a three-year LLB degree and a four-year LLB with Year Abroad degree.[2] They are both Qualifying Law Degree programmes for the purpose of practicing as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales. Durham's law students rank among the very best in the UK for employability.[3] The School offers a wide diversity of modules covering virtually every key area of law with particular strengths in public law, human rights, commercial and corporate law, EU law, international law and biolaw (including medical law) as well as comparative law, family law and jurisprudence.

Taught postgraduate LLM degree programmes include a general Master of Laws LLM, LLM in Corporate Law, LLM in European Trade and Commercial Law, LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law and LLM in International Law and Governance.[4]

Research postgraduate degree programmes include a one-year Master of Jurisprudence MJur and PhD in Law.[5] Durham Law School has a staff common room and a postgraduate student suite that each have panoramic views of Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durham Castle is a college of the University.


Durham Law School has been ranked as the 3rd best Law School in the UK by the Complete University Guide for 2016,[6] behind Cambridge and Oxford respectively, as well as 3rd in the UK for the quality and impact of its research, according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.[7] It was ranked joint 4th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in terms of the proportion of research activity ranked at the highest 4* level,[8] and was one of only five UK law schools to be awarded the top grading of 5*A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).[9] The School achieved the top rating of "Excellent" for its teaching in its last inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and is consistently rated as one of the very top UK law schools in various league tables.[10][11][12] The UK's Supreme Court has more Durham Law School graduates than any other non-Oxbridge university.[13]

Durham Law School has been named the most impressive law school building in the world. The findings were published in 2014 by Best Choice Schools who selected the 50 most impressive law schools in the world.[14][15]


Durham Law School

Research centres and groups[edit]

Durham Law School supports a range of institutes, centres and groups open to academic staff and law students. These include: the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ), the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (Durham CELLS), the Durham European Law Institute (DELI), the Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM), Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD), the Human Rights Centre (HRC), the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL), Islam, Law and Modernity (ILM) and Law and Global Justice at Durham (LGJ).[16]

Major areas of research[edit]

Notable individuals[edit]

Notable academics[edit]

The following notable individuals are or have been academics of Durham Law School:

Notable alumni[edit]





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  15. ^ https://www.dur.ac.uk/law/research/centres/
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