Newcastle Law School

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Newcastle Law School is based in the centre of a friendly and lively city in the North East.

Entrance to Newcastle Law School

Newcastle Law School is committed to delivering excellent research-led teaching for our students and excellent research and scholarship to contribute to the discipline.

The Law School is ranked in the top 30 law schools in the UK (Complete University Guide, 2019; and Time/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). Dedication to teaching is evidenced both at an Institutional level (Newcastle University awarded TEF Gold for teaching excellence in 2018; and within the school - staff are frequently nominated by students for teaching excellence and Dr. Hélène Tyrrell, Lecturer in Public Law, won Law Teacher of the Year 2018 at the Northern Law Awards.

In terms of research, 70% of staff outputs were rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework). Our research engages all areas of law under the theme of Law, Innovation and Society, including the areas of human rights and social justice, commercial and corporate law, environmental law, migration, gender studies, internet law, intellectual property law, regulation of biomedicine and artificial intelligence.

The School is committed to taking Newcastle to the world and bringing the world to Newcastle through student and staff exchanges, research and scholarly activity, visiting posts, and wider student engagement. Opportunities for students to study abroad for a year have increased significantly in recent years with the expansion of both the European Legal Studies stream and the International Legal Studies stream. At present there are 43 exchange places, across 7 EU universities and 6 ‘international’ universities allowing for approximately 20% of a single year cohort to take advantage of this valuable and exciting opportunity. 

A key feature of our undergraduate offering is the opportunity for students to take part in one of our “Pro-bono” schemes. These schemes involve students and staff engaging with a wide variety of community organisations.

  • Our award winning Street Law project works with a wide variety of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups including children and young people to raise awareness of issues relating to the legal system, children’s rights, and the law.
  • The McKenzie Friend scheme, in partnership with the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), gives law students the opportunity to support victims of domestic violence who lack legal representation.
  • Legacare is a local North East charity and law firm, which provides free legal advice to people with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Third year students obtain work placements at Legacare to assist in their advice service.
  • Personal Support Unit (PSU) work with clients who cannot afford legal representation and may not qualify for legal aid, providing them with emotional and/or practical support in going through the court process. Third year students volunteer to help support those using the PSU services.

Taking part in these activities helps students develop multiple transferable skills such as communication (oral and written), team-work, presentation skills, listening skills, time management, independence and resilience. Other activities within the law school aimed at developing key transferable skills are Client Interviewing, Mooting and Client Negotiation.

The Law School is situated on the eastern edge of the city campus, beside the Philip Robinson Library. The School, which consists of four Victorian terraced houses, is a self-contained learning environment consisting of a newly refurbished lecture theatre, mooting room, conference room, seminar rooms, student common room, staff officers and our very own law library. Our location, facilities and size allows us to concentrate on delivering high quality teaching and research in a collegial environment.

We are a supportive, yet challenging law school. We help students transition from A-level studies to university life through our Widening Academic Skills and Practice sessions, which run throughout the first year of study. Further skills sessions such as time management, critical analysis skills, problem solving, essay writing and marking and assessment, are embedded in the Second and Third Year of study. The careers service offers weekly drop in sessions at the law school and personal tutors are assigned to each student to provide help and advice as and when needed during the course of the degree.