Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group, which comprises the 20 leading research institutions in the UK. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the vast majority of research in Law at Newcastle was officially classified as world-leading, internationally excellent or recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with a significant amount being placed in one of the higher categories for quality.
Similarly, the 2008 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Teaching Quality Audit resulted in another excellent report. The audit team was "highly impressed by the collegiate and welcoming environment for study". The report contains 16 commendations for excellent or good practice as follows:
The team were impressed by the Law School's suite of LLM programmes with their effective curriculum structure, intensive but interactive seminars and a commitment to innovation in emerging areas.