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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 and we are active in public engagement both nationally and internationally. 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 members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Members of Parliament and 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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3rd in the UK for world-leading research impact (REF 2014)
Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
7th in The Complete University Guide 2022
Top 50 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

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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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

The Influence of the Paris Agreement on Climate Litigation: The Rocky Hill Mine Case Study

Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia, gives the first lecture in the Durham University COP26 Event Series, taking place between May and September 2021.
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Durham Law School students reach ECHR moot final

Durham Law School students Dara Foody and Katie Tooley have made it to the finals of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Moot Court Competition after success in the regional competition.
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Durham Law School students have more than a deep understanding of law - they know how to challenge and shape it.

Thom Brooks
Dean & Professor of Law and Government

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

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