The School is among the top law schools in the United Kingdom and our reputation is for world class research and excellence in teaching standards allied with a strong commitment to the pastoral care of our students and career and employment development.
Excellent teaching and support
We have been ranked first for our teaching among mainstream English university Law Schools in the latest National Student Survey 2016, and third overall with a 97 per cent satisfaction rating. We are committed to innovative & intellectually stimulating teaching. Our teaching groups are small and we offer a wide range and variety of modules. We provide excellent academic and pastoral support for students through our advisee and pastoral care systems. The results of the Research Excellence Framework (2014) rank the School of Law 21st in the country ahead of most of our competitors (Times Higher Education). Over 70 per cent of research within our School is ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
Law in Practice
We embed careers and employability throughout our degree programmes. Our first year Law in Practice module focuses on developing your career management skills, increasing self-awareness, building confidence and increasing motivation and engagement. We also guide you in demonstrating the requisite aptitudes and knowledge during the recruitment process (completing applications and interview techniques) and in employment.
The School has well-established and excellent relationships with many local, regional, national and international law firms that offer competitive internships and other opportunities to our students. As a Law School we have 45 internships available exclusively to our law students and more of these opportunities available to our students than most UK law schools. The internships last between one and six weeks and are available in a wide range of subject areas.
Legal Mentoring Scheme
Our Mentor Scheme utilises the strong ties the Law School has with the legal community. The scheme is aimed at second year students and matches them with an established barrister or solicitor. We have access to mentors from over 30 firms.
Pro Bono Work
Pro bono work, providing free legal advice, is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of the law in action. Our Law Clinic Pro Bono Programme was established in 2002 and is run by our students. It helps to arrange voluntary work in a range of organisations such as Shelter, Victim Support, the Witness Service, the National Appropriate Adult Scheme, Changing Places and the Citizens' Advice Bureau. Law students are also involved in gaining practical experience through the Innocence Project, which works with prisoners, and through the UEA/ NCLS Free Legal Advice scheme – a joint venture between us and the Norfolk Community Legal Service – where students develop their legal and transferable skills, by working alongside local volunteer practitioners providing legal advice to members of the public.
Mooting takes the form of mock submissions to the court. Students represent one party to dispute and present the arguments as a barrister would do in court. Workshops and internal mooting competitions are held each year for first and second year students; the competitions are judged by academics, local practitioners and judges. Students are also encouraged to take part in external moots where they compete against students from other universities. Each year, the top teams progress to the regional competition and, if successful there, they continue on to the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) National Competition.
We have a dynamic Law Society, the largest at the University with over 300 members from all years. Activities organised by the Society include the Christmas Law Ball, trips abroad and visits to Parliament and the Royal Courts of Justice. The Law Society also holds numerous careers workshops for students applying for both law and non-law professions whilst also running the internal mooting, negotiations and client interviewing competitions, all of which offer development of the skills employers actively seek in candidates.
Earlham Hall, the Law School's ‘home' is a fine 16th century building offering dedicated student social and study space, teaching rooms and faculty offices located in beautiful parkland leading down to the River Yare. It is an amazing base in which to study and socialise and is only 5 minutes walk from the main campus.