Newcastle Law School

Why Study Law?

Why Study Law?


We think you'll like what Newcastle Law School has to offer. But don't take our word for it - look at the evidence.

For a start, we're rated as a Top 20 UK Law School by 2015 Guardian league table, with a 91% overall satisfaction rating from our graduating students in the 2015 National Student Satisfaction Survey.

Our record of long-term success in the National Student Survey is unmatched by any other Russell Group law school.

The latest independent audit of Newcastle Law School's teaching and learning provision praised the excellence of our teaching, with our curriculum, feedback and careers support being commended as examples of good practice.

Our students back up this verdict. Our consistent National Student Survey scores testify to our commitment to ensuring that our students get the best degree experience possible.

What keeps our demanding undergraduates so satisfied is our commitment to research-driven teaching, and a range of staff expertise across the core modules that form part of every Qualifying Law Degree and which feeds into options as diverse as competition law, human rights law, environmental law and employment law.

Lectures will give you a framework of the subject, whilst seminars – small classes of up to 12 students – run regularly to work through complex legal problems to let you discuss the issues. We organise further sessions at courts and prison facilities and all of our students enjoy one-to-one coursework and exam feedback sessions, improving their skills with every piece of work.

Find out more about how we score in external audits and surveys.


As a member of the Russell Group, a prestigious organisation representing the UK 's leading research intensive universities, our academic staff are frequently at the forefront of research, which in turn is used to inform teaching.

We have embraced the research mission consistently to place research at the heart of what we do, alongside teaching. This enables us to offer to our students leading edge research informed teaching and learning. This, in turn, contributes to our success in teaching and learning as evidenced by our consistently excellent teaching quality and our National Student Survey results.

Newcastle Law School’s staff are experts across a wide range of legal subjects, from criminal law to company law and from the law of evidence to environmental law.

Our staff have authored a number of key legal textbooks across the spectrum of legal subjects:

  • A Critical Introduction to European Law by Professor Ian Ward
  • Cases & Materials on UK & EC Competition Law by Dr Jonathan Galloway
  • Exploring Constitutional and Administrative Law by Colin Murray
  • Agricultural Law by Professor Chris Rodgers

Read more about our research quality.

Study Options

There are opportunities for interdisciplinary study as part of your law degree.

You can take an option in Medicine and the Law to gain medical knowledge to help understand medical law issues.

You can also study Criminology and Criminal Justice or Family Law. In both of these options you will learn of the socio-legal approach studying law in its social context and drawing on sociological legal empirical and psychological perspectives.

Legal Theory involves the application of philosophy as well as literary context of law.

Study Abroad

Open new horizons for you on the job market.

You have the opportunity, between Stages 2 and 3, to spend an intercalating year studying law at one of our European partner universities. This means that you will not only graduate with a fully-qualifying degree, but will also be able to draw on the experiences and skills developed during your year abroad.

We currently have links with universities in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain. All of our partners teach in English so you do not need language skills to take advantage of this opportunity.

Students who wish to take advantage of this European study opportunity must apply during their first year on the LLB; there is no separate application process via UCAS.

Successful completion of this year is recognised in your degree title on graduation: Law (European Legal Studies) LLB Honours.


Newcastle Law School's ethos is the product of the bond between our staff and students.

Student support networks will help you make the transition from school to university.

From your first day at Newcastle Law School you will be assigned an academic as personal tutor to guide your studies, with weekly office hours when you can drop in for advice. This relationship ensures that your reference will be prepared by someone who knows you personally.

The Eldon Society also arranges senior students to mentor all of our new intakes. This ensures that every student gets support from a fellow student who knows how the Law School works.

Careers Service

Our Careers Service can help you with:

Newcastle Law School also has a mentoring scheme to support our students.

Having a mentor

Newcastle Law School has a long history of providing a comprehensive support network for first year students within its ‘Legal Family’ scheme. As part of a University wide effort, the Law School has strengthened its support by introducing a more formal system of peer mentoring.

2013 saw the launch of the Legal Families Mentor Scheme. This means that every student joining the Law School, in their first year, is assigned a student mentor. The aim of this scheme is to make the transition from college and school, to University as seamless as possible. Students act as a source of guidance for advice on everything from how to get the most out of lectures and the library, to what to get up to in Newcastle.  

Becoming a mentor

This scheme also offers students in their second and third year of University the chance to apply to become a mentor. This is a great opportunity to receive full training from the University and develop interpersonal, communication and team work skills.  

The mentor leaders, students responsible for running the scheme, can be contacted via email.

The Mentoring Coordinator, Miss Lida Pitsillidou is responsible in overseeing the effective running of the mentoring scheme.


Newcastle Law School boasts excellent facilities for undergraduate students.

The School occupies four specially adapted late-Victorian town houses.

The staff offices, large lecture theatre, seminar rooms and Law Library are all located within these buildings, meaning that you won't spend your days running between different parts of campus! The Law Library, as part of the University Library, is the proud holder of the coveted Charter Mark for the high standard of its services.

Newcastle Law School boasts excellent facilities for undergraduate students.