Law

What is law?

Law is the system of rules that govern countries. More than just preparing you for a legal career, a law degree will encourage you to learn and interrogate the relationship between individuals and The State. You will balance UK law with its ethical implications and ask questions about current and historic legal systems.

  • Criminal law – A system of law centring on the punishment of offenders.
  • Constitutional law – The body of law setting out the fundamental principles as to how a state is governed.
  • Commercial law – Concerned with the rights and conduct of people and businesses engaged in trade and commerce.
  • Human rights law – Determines how society ensures the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world.

Why study law?

There are a number of benefits to studying law at undergraduate level:

Law graduates can go on to change the world. They make meaningful and lasting impact as barristers, human rights lawyers and in environmental policy.

Learn to make compelling arguments and counter-arguments. Improve your reasoning by being able to see both sides of a story.

A Law degree does not mean you have to work in Law. Law graduates are in demand in a number of sectors, due to their transferrable skills. Law graduates excel in areas such as problem-solving, reasoning, communication and analysis.

Why study law at Durham University?

Durham Law School is a world-leading department. Its award-winning academic staff inspire the next generation to go on to meaningful careers. It offers a truly global education, with students and staff coming together from all over the world.

A research-led curriculum and small group teaching give students a solid grounding in law and its global implications. The School’s student satisfaction and employability rates speak for themselves. Durham Law School graduates make an impact.

You will be also benefit from extracurricular activities while studying at Durham. There are a number of student-run societies that can boost your learning outside of the classroom. These include Durham University Law Society and the Mooting Society.

Studying law at Durham will give you access to superb facilities such as a moot (mock) court, Harvard-style lecture theatre and work rooms.

7th best

law course in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2019)

In the top 50

law courses in the world (QS World Rankings, 2018)

Gwen from Singapore on the Infinity Bridge by Queen's Campus

I feel like this foundation year is really geared towards preparing you for what university really is like in England. In classes, the teachers are always drawing comparisons towards what they’re doing in class now and what classes at university will be like at Durham.

Gwen from Singapore
Studied International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science
Now studying LLB (Hons) Law

Key skills from studying law

A law degree is respected by employers because it equips graduates with a broad range of transferable skills. You will gain a variety of skills that provide excellent preparation for law and non-law careers, including:

  • Research
  • Critical analysis
  • Writing
  • Presenting
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time management

What law degree can I study at Durham University?

Durham's LLB is fully approved as a Qualifying Law Degree for careers as a barrister or solicitor. The LLB is a three-year degree giving students an understanding of the law of England and Wales. Students can choose many of their own modules to specialise in areas of interest.

Degree preparation at the International Study Centre

Our International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science is the perfect preparation for international students who want to study a law degree at Durham.

You will be taught academic English, as well as developing your research skills and studying core modules in social sciences. This will give you a solid background in research and essay writing, which are key for studying a degree in law.

Law career opportunities

Durham Law School is one of the UK’s most respected law schools. Its graduates are not just confined to legal jobs. They are in high demand in transferable sectors for their communication skills and breadth of knowledge.

The University's talented alumni have gone on to roles at the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Government and at the Bar or as solicitors. 

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Executive
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Tax Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Company Secretary

Studying law at Durham