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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 June 2023.

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.
More about The REF 2021 Result
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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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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. Further details, including list of speakers, to come. Please use the ‘sign-up’ button below to be the first to receive updates as they are announced.
Sign up for more information here
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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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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

  • Former Lord Chancellor returns to Durham

    Durham Law School graduate Sir Robert Buckland KC MP returned to Durham on 18 November for a Durham Union Society debate on prison rehabilitation. Sir Robert was Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary and Durham’s first graduate to become a law officer. He received the Dean’s Award from Durham Law School and was joined by then Dean, Professor Thom Brooks. During the event and afterwards, Sir Robert spoke of his time in government and of his many happy memories at Durham University.
  • Crackdown on image-based sexual abuse influenced by Durham research

    Professor Clare McGlynn from our Durham Law School, along with colleagues, has been carrying out research on image-based sexual abuse for a number of years and shown how the existing law fails victims with change needed.
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  • Collaboration in Research and Education - Durham CSDLP at COP27

    A COP27 side event hosted by Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) about extending collaborative links with climate learners, including researchers, students, and civil society took place on 14 November 2022. The core of the event was the role of the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) in delivering lifelong literacy.
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Crackdown on image-based sexual abuse influenced by Durham research

Professor Clare McGlynn from our Durham Law School, along with colleagues, has been carrying out research on image-based sexual abuse for a number of years and shown how the existing law fails victims with change needed.
Close up picture of a man using his mobile phone

Collaboration in Research and Education - Durham CSDLP at COP27

A COP27 side event hosted by Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) about extending collaborative links with climate learners, including researchers, students, and civil society took place on 14 November 2022. The core of the event was the role of the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) in delivering lifelong literacy.
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Upcoming events

Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series - Application of the Environmental Rule of Law in the Times of Emergency

Thursday 15 December 2022 - Thursday 15 December 2022
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
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Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series - Closing Session

Thursday 15 December 2022 - Thursday 15 December 2022
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series - Introductory Session

Thursday 26 January 2023 - Thursday 26 January 2023
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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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.

Your Durham prospectus

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