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Welcome to Durham Law School at Durham

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 and our research was ranked 3rd best in the UK's last national Research Excellence Framework in 2014.

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 2022
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.

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.

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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

  • Great success for inaugural Summer Course on International Arbitration at Durham Law School

    Durham Law School welcomed back its alumni last week to deliver a very successful Summer Course on International Arbitration, with 23 attendants. The program offered three modules, covering the fundamentals of commercial arbitration, the fundamentals of treaty-based arbitration, and practical arbitration skills. The Dean of the Law School, Volker Roeben, invited the attendants to a dinner at The Durham Castle and several other networking events took place throughout the week.
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  • Lady Jill Black awarded Honorary Degree to become Doctor of Law

    The Rt Hon Lady Jill Black was awarded an Honorary Degree on Wednesday 6 July to become a Doctor of Law. A graduate of Durham Law School and Trevelyan College, Lady Black's impressive career saw her appointed as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court and Head of International Family Justice before her retirement last year.
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  • Durham Law School signs cooperation agreement with prestigious law school in China

    Durham Law School and Shanghai Jiaotong University Koguan School of Law, a prestigious law school in China, have signed a cooperation agreement. A select group of PhD researchers in international law from Shanghai Jiaotong University will be trained at Durham every year.
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Lady Jill Black awarded Honorary Degree to become Doctor of Law

The Rt Hon Lady Jill Black was awarded an Honorary Degree on Wednesday 6 July to become a Doctor of Law. A graduate of Durham Law School and Trevelyan College, Lady Black's impressive career saw her appointed as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court and Head of International Family Justice before her retirement last year.
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Durham Law School signs cooperation agreement with prestigious law school in China

Durham Law School and Shanghai Jiaotong University Koguan School of Law, a prestigious law school in China, have signed a cooperation agreement. A select group of PhD researchers in international law from Shanghai Jiaotong University will be trained at Durham every year.
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Upcoming events

Undergraduate Open Day

Friday 16 September 2022 - Friday 16 September 2022
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Undergraduate Open Day

Saturday 17 September 2022 - Saturday 17 September 2022
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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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
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801

Questions about studying here?

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

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