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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 in the QS World Rankings top 50 law schools, ranked 5th in the Complete University Guide 2023 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)
Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
5th in The Complete University Guide 2023
Top 50 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

  

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.
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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.

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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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Scholarships

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

Read more about our scholarships

Summer Course on International Arbitration 2023

The course is targeted towards practitioners who are keen to expand their skillset or discover a new field of practice; scholars seeking to gain expertise in the application of concepts and norms within the field of international arbitration; and students seeking exposure to the world of international dispute resolution.

The course will run 10-15 July 2023. Click the button below to learn more.
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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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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.
See our Research pages
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News

Teaching Fellow Ylli Dautaj presents anthology on digital hearings in New York

Ylli Dautaj, editor of and author in the anthology titled “Digital Hearings - Civil Procedure & Arbitration” presented his work in New York City, US. The book launch of his book was organized by the New York International Arbitration Center, JAMS, and Chaffetz Lindsey LLP.
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“Take me to your lawyer!” – Durham Law School to contribute legal research to SETI Post-Detection Hub at St Andrews University

Durham Law School is pleased to announce that it will be joining the SETI Post-Detection Hub at St Andrews University as another host institution. The Hub is an initiative of the UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN), and has so far been hosted by the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science and St Andrews’ Centre for Global Law and Governance.
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Upcoming events

Employment Law Clyde & Co Annual lecture

Tuesday 14 February 2023 - Tuesday 14 February 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Lecture Theatre CG85, Chemistry, Lower Mountjoy, Durham University
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Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series - Globalisation and Harmonisation of Environmental Law

Wednesday 15 February 2023 - Wednesday 15 February 2023
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Durham University
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Career in International Arbitration event

Wednesday 22 February 2023 - Wednesday 22 February 2023
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hogan Lovells Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham Law School
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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

Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42800

Questions about studying here?

Check out our list of FAQs or submit an enquiry form.

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