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Welcome to Durham Law School

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our award- winning academic staff produce ground-breaking research with impact. Durham Law School is ranked 6th in The Complete University Guide 2024 and we were awarded the Athena Swan Bronze Award for commitment to the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all in 2022.

We are proud to deliver some of the best results for student satisfaction and employability – and our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current or previous members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Members of Parliament and others in Government. Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population from across the world delivering a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum with a commitment to small group teaching through seminars and tutorials much prized by employers.

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100% of research impact and environment was ranked 3* or 4* (REF 2021)
6th for Law The Complete University Guide 2024
Top 10 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
Top 50 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

  

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Look closer at our Durham Law School

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Scholarships

Thanks to generous gifts from our alumni, we can offer scholarships to our students.

Read more about our scholarships

Research

We are at the forefront of doctrinal, theoretical and interdisciplinary debates where our contributions have made a significant impact.

Examples include our work on reforming the legal regulation of expression, especially media freedom and the availability of extreme pornography; debates on the meaning and contemporary shape of federalism, citizenship and immigration policies in the UK, EU and beyond; investigations into law's capacity to respond to technological change, especially in the fields of bio-technologies and multi-faceted security challenges, including oversight of intelligence agencies; and to debates around Brexit.
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Study with Us

  • Undergraduate Study

    Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our LLB degree is a flexible, full-time course delivered over three years – and fully approved as a Qualifying Law Degree for careers as a barrister or solicitor.

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  • Postgraduate Study

    Postgraduate study at Durham Law School opens doors. Our Law School is a global leader with award-winning academic staff, top ranked research publications and centres and distinguished alumni in government, the UK Supreme Court, the UK’s top firms and chambers and beyond.

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Undergraduate Study

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our LLB degree is a flexible, full-time course delivered over three years – and fully approved as a Qualifying Law Degree for careers as a barrister or solicitor.

Group of students working

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate study at Durham Law School opens doors. Our Law School is a global leader with award-winning academic staff, top ranked research publications and centres and distinguished alumni in government, the UK Supreme Court, the UK’s top firms and chambers and beyond.

Lecturer and students in classroom

  

Photos of students in the Law School lecture theatre, moot court room and study areas

Join our Summer Courses in 2024!

Durham Law School is excited to be able to offer two summer courses in July 2024. Learn about International Arbitration or Chinese legal evolution within the global context. More information on each course can be found below.

DLS Summer Course on International Arbitration Durham-ECLS-EALSC Summer Academy for Global China

  

Key Links for New Students

  • Student Hub

    Our Student Hub contains key information regarding your degree programme and the Law School. This is our student intranet and can only be accessed with your Durham University email.  

  • Learn Ultra

    Learn Ultra is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can find information and interactive resources for specific modules here.  

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Student Hub

Our Student Hub contains key information regarding your degree programme and the Law School. This is our student intranet and can only be accessed with your Durham University email.  

Learn Ultra

Learn Ultra is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can find information and interactive resources for specific modules here.  

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National Student Survey 2024

The National Student Survey is an annual survey for all final year students. We encourage all third and fourth year students on the LLB to participate in this survey. This is your Law School and the survey is an opportunity for you to have your say!

Participate in the survey now

News

New guidance developed to improve rape investigations

We’ve helped to develop new guidance for police forces to improve investigations of rape and sexual offences.
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Durham Law School's Thom Brooks exposes major story about government’s Rwanda policy for asylum seekers

Professor Thom Brooks has examined the Office for National Statistics data on asylum applications and grants.
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Upcoming events

Third-Party Funding Workshop

Wednesday 28 February 2024 - Wednesday 28 February 2024
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
PCL054 - Palatine Centre, Durham Law School
Law School Exterior

'Indigenous Women in Brazil: Gender, Ethnic, and Cultural Aspects of Deterritorialization'

Wednesday 28 February 2024 - Wednesday 28 February 2024
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Online - Zoom
Law School Exterior

Dr Gianmarco Gori, visiting research from Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Tuesday 5 March 2024 - Friday 8 March 2024
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Durham Law School - PCL051
Durham Law School

Human Rights and Public Law Centre (HRPLC) PGR Workshop

Wednesday 6 March 2024 - Wednesday 6 March 2024
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
CB 0010 and CB 0017 - Confluence Building, Durham University 
Law School Exterior

REF 2021 Result

Our Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

Durham Law School submitted fifty-five members of staff, comprising 53.97 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff, to the REF Law UoA. The submission included nine Early Career Researchers.
More about The REF 2021 Result
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Get in touch

Enquiries about Durham Law School and our courses should be sent via the contact links below.

Durham Law School

Durham University
Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE



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