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  • UK law degrees: University of East Anglia, Norwich Law School

    University of East Anglia offering qualifying law degrees recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a public research university in Norwich, England. It was established in 1963, and is a founder-member of the 1994 Group of research-intensive universities. The University was ranked 20th in the The Times Good University Guide 2008, and joint first for student satisfaction among mainstream universities in the 2006 National Student Survey. The University was also ranked 57th in Europe, and one of the top 200 universities in the world, in the 2007 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

    UEA - Welcome to the University of East Anglia

    Norwich Law School

    Norwich Law School, founded in 1977, is a school within the University of East Anglia, dedicated to research and teaching in law. It is located in Earlham Hall, a seventeenth century mansion situated on the edge of the UEA campus.

    Students and courses

    Some 760 students are registered in the Law School of whom about 590 are studying for one of the LLB degrees, 28 for the diploma in legal studies and just under 100 are doing taught postgraduate programmes.[1]

    Undergraduate Degrees
    • LLB Degree in Law
    • LLB Law with European Legal Systems
    • LLB Law with European Legal Systems Spanish Exchange
    • LLB Law with French Law and Language
    • LLB Law with American Law

    Master Degrees
    • LLM General
    • LLM Media Law, Policy and Practice
    • LLM Employment Law
    • LLM International Commercial and Business Law
    • LLM with Research Methods Training
    • LLM International Trade Law
    • LLM Information, Technology and Intellectual Property Law
    • LLM International Competition Law and Policy
    • LLM by Research

    PhD degree
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Employment Law
    • CPE/Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies'


    Norwich Law School is a medium sized law school. It has 23 full-time members of faculty who are assisted by 12 part-timers. The Dean of the School is Gareth H. Thomas. The Professors are Morten Hviid, Alastair Mullis, Rosemary Pattenden, Mathias Siems, Ian T. Smith, Chris Wadlow and Gareth Miller (Emeritus Professor). Julian Myerscough is a lecturer at Norwich Law School.

    Honorary doctorates

    The Rt Hon the Lord Browne-Wilkinson (2001); Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss (2001); Shami Chakrabarti (2007); His Honour Judge Paul Downes (2008); Professor Sir Roy Goode (2003); (Justice) Sujata Manohar (2004); The Rt Hon the Lord Oliver of Aylmerton (1991); The Rt Hon the Lord Steyn of Swafield (1997); His Honour Sir Stephen Tumim (1994)[3]


    The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated 80% of the research as being at international level, and 40% as being of either world-leading or internationally excellent quality. The School has research clusters in the areas Competition Law, Employment Law, Commercial Law, Equality and Fundamental Rights, Intellectual Property Law, Public law, Evidence, Criminal Justice and Procedure, Comparative Private Law, Contract, Tort and Restitution, Property and Housing, and Family Law. In addition to these School-based research clusters, many researchers in the School belong to formal networks which go beyond the Law School. For example, the School's competition lawyers are members of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy [CCP]. Other members of faculty belong to the newly-established Centre for Diversity and Equality in Careers and Employment Research [DECERE] which is based in the Norwich Business School.

    About The Norwich Law School

    The Law School admitted its first students in 1977. It is now a well-established and thriving Law School with an excellent reputation for the quality of its research and teaching and of its students and graduates.

    By British standards, the School is a medium sized law school. It has 23 full-time members of faculty who are assisted by 12 part-timers. There are plans to augment the number of faculty substantially over the next few years. Some 760 students are registered in the Law School of whom about 590 are studying for one of the Legum Baccalaureus (LLB) degrees, 28 for the diploma in legal studies and just under 100 are doing taught postgraduate programmes. There are a further 54 research, visiting and exchange students.

    Members of Faculty are active in advancing understanding of their chosen fields of research and the School achieved a gratifying 5B grade in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Our teaching standards were rated as "Excellent" in the last Government Teaching Quality Assessment and we have recently been placed amongst the top United Kingdom Law Schools in national surveys of UK law teaching. Although a variety of factors contribute to the quality of an education in law, at the core is a period of association with a group of committed and enthusiastic legal educators. UEA affords that opportunity to law students in abundance.

    Our relatively small intake into the first year of the LLB undergraduate programme (in 2003 we took 201 new undergraduates compared to 400-600 in some large Law Schools) allows us to supplement lectures with seminars of 14-16 students (often fewer in smaller, optional units) most of which are taken by full-time members of Faculty, including professors. This ensures that students benefit from the knowledge and experience of people who are leaders in their field at national, and in some cases, international level.

    The School prides itself in the pastoral care that it provides its students, especially to those entering higher education for the first time. Ready access to Faculty at all times is encouraged, especially at postgraduate level.

    Why Study at The Norwich School of Law?

    Law is a subject that captures the imagination. Not a day goes by without a legal issue being discussed in the press. This is because the law is central to the operation of modern society. It is a system of rules and principles that govern human and institutional relations in all spheres of life, from international affairs to family relations. If you download music from the internet will you be prosecuted? If your landlord refuses to fix the heating system are you obliged to pay the rent? The law will provide you with the answers to these questions but that is only part of what the study of law entails. It also requires you to discover the reasons for a particular rule of law, to assess how it operates and to consider how it might be reformed in the future.

    The law is broken down into different specialisations, each regulating a different sphere of life. Some specialisations are compulsory for completion of a law degree, for example, Criminal Law. Others are optional and cover a broad range of interests from criminal justice to commercial matters. Each area raises difficult questions that often involve social, political and economic as well as moral considerations. Should criminals be imprisoned or is there a better way of dealing with them? Should assisted suicide be legal? Should same sex couples be permitted to marry? It is the discussion of these issues that makes the study of law so fascinating.

    A law degree also provides students with an excellent basis for their future careers. All of the degree programmes offered by the Law School are qualifying law degrees. This means that students who gain 40% or above on all core modules can go straight on to take the Bar Vocational Course (barristers) or the Legal Practice Course (solicitors). For information about these careers visit the Bar Council website at The Bar Council or the Law Society website at The Law Society - Home. Most students who qualify will work in private practice. Others join the Government Legal Service or the Crown Prosecution Service or are employed by private business. For those who decide not to qualify as a barrister or solicitor, a law degree will have given them a number of transferable skills that are valued by employers. These include analytical, writing and oral skills. Law graduates can be found in a wide range of professions such as academia, journalism, personnel, publishing, politics, banking and business.

    UEA - Welcome to The Norwich Law School

    The Norwich Law School, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
    Tel: (+44) (0) 1603 592520 Fax: (+44) (0) 1603 250245

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