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

    The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire and, with over 33,000 full-time students, one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom. It is a member of the Russell Group and is ranked in the top ten of UK universities for market share of research funding. Dating back to the establishment of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and consolidated as a university in 1904, it is one of the six original civic 'red brick' universities, and in 2006 was ranked second in the UK for the number of applications received.

    University of Leeds


    The various schools, institutes and centres of the University are arranged into nine faculties, each with a dean, pro-deans and central functions:
    • Arts
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business
    • Education, Social Sciences and Law
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Mathematics and Physical Sciences
    • Medicine and Health
    • Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

    About the University

    Leeds is among the top ten universities for research in the UK and is internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

    We have an ambitious vision to join the top 50 universities in the world by 2015 through our distinctive ability to integrate world-class research, scholarship and education.

    Integrating research and learning and teaching is at the heart of our strategy. Our courses are taught by staff who are engaged in world-class research and cutting-edge professional practice.

    We invest our own resources in helping organisations turn university research into world-class products and services. From the invention of the Ultracane which helps blind and visually impaired people, to a spin-out company which provides expert services and new technologies for the biopharmaceutical, defence and healthcare sectors, we are at the forefront of innovation.

    Our size and international reputation enables us to offer one of the widest ranges of academic courses in the UK. During the current academic year there are over 30,500 students attached to 700 undergraduate and 474 postgraduate degree programmes. A further 31,382 men and women are enrolled on short courses with the University.

    Our graduates are highly sought after by employers and go on to succeed in all walks of life and are leaders in their field. Have a look at who has been here.

    Some key statistics
    • We have over 30,500 students
    • 8,000 staff
    • 250,000 graduates

    The University of Leeds Law School

    The University of Leeds Law School has delivered excellence since its establishment in 1899. Our community, including around fifty dedicated academic staff and committed students, is located within the legal powerhouse of the city of Leeds. Our wider network of influential alumni and professional links is nationwide and worldwide.

    The School of Law fosters a supportive environment for legal studies, with superb library and computing facilities as well as energetic student societies and attractive extra-curricular opportunities. Our teaching programmes offer a welcoming and supportive study setting, delivered by leading academics who provide not only insight and knowledge but also instil skills and values.

    The School’s ambition is to continue to be internationally recognised as a leader in its field and ranked as one of the top ten research-intensive UK law schools. Our research centres - Business Law & Practice, Criminal Justice (including Cyberlaw), European Law & Legal Studies, and International Governance (including Human Rights) host many research students as well as offer research based postgraduate taught programmes. In the Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the School was awarded an outstanding rating which reflects international quality outputs spread across a high proportion of our staff. The School is ranked very highly in leading surveys such as The Times Good University Guide.

    We invite you to share in the excellence and inspiration of our progressive and highly regarded Law School and its vibrant learning and research communities.

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    The Origins of the Law Department and Early Development under Professor W. R. Phillips, 1899-1919

    After earlier unsuccessful initiatives in 1879-80 and 1888-89, law teaching was eventually introduced into the curriculum of the Yorkshire College (the University's predecessor) at the third attempt, in 1899. The Yorkshire Board of Legal Studies (representing local Law Societies) offered the College an annual grant of ?£450 if it would undertake to establish a Law Department in order to prepare candidates for University degrees and professional examinations. (Although this income was guaranteed for a period of only 5 years in the first instance, the Y.B.L.S. continued to provide financial assistance to the Department for over 60 years.) A proposed scheme of legal education was drawn up, adopted by the Council of the Yorkshire College in February 1899, and approved by the Board of Governors when it met on 7 June 1899.

    The first appointments to the staff of the new Department were made soon afterwards. From 27 applicants, Walter R. Phillips, formerly Professor of Roman Law at the University of Adelaide, was appointed to the Chair of Law. G. Glover Alexander, Albert Earnshaw and C. J. Haworth were appointed as Lecturers. Of these three, only Alexander was re-appointed for the second session. All the teaching in Leeds was carried out by one Professor and one Lecturer until just after the First World War. It had been intended that the Department would also support legal education in other localities, and in September 1900 W. Owen was appointed as Lecturer in Hull.

    At the opening of the first session in October 1899, 22 students were enrolled. Initially, most of the Department's students were part-time non-degree students, who studied for one year in preparation for the Law Society's Intermediate Examination while working as articled clerks in West Yorkshire solicitors' offices. There were only a handful of law degree students. They also worked as articled clerks, while studying for 3 years for the Ordinary LL.B. degree, which gave exemption from the Law Society's Intermediate Examination. All Ordinary degree lectures were held on 2 days of the week, leaving students free to work in local solicitors' offices for the remaining 3 or 3? days.

    The Department's first graduate was James Sykes of Huddersfield, who passed the Final LL.B. examinations of the Victoria University in June 1902. Four years later Hubert Edward Scott and John William McConnell were the first two candidates to pass the Final LL.B. examinations of the University of Leeds (which had been established in 1904) and to be awarded Leeds law degrees.

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    Building the 21st Century Law School for Leeds

    The University of Leeds has announced ambitious plans for a new Law School building. The development, which involves an investment of around ?£12m, will underline the world-class reputation of Leeds' premier Law School as the prime centre for legal education and research. Founded in 1899, the 21st century version of the Law School can expect to make the move into superb new facilities in autumn 2010. The building will accommodate its growing number of staff and students, especially the many international students who are attracted to the university and the vibrant legal communities within the city of Leeds.

    Head of School, Professor Roger Halson, welcomed the news and commented that 'This building will allow us to expand pro bono initiatives, innocence projects and court technologies through which we increasingly engage with legal practitioners, school students and other groups. We hope that this building can become an opportunity for all to share in the excellence and inspiration of our progressive and highly regarded Law School.'

    To obtain further information about the 21st Century Law School for Leeds, contact Professor Halson at [email protected].



    Please address your correspondence to:

    General Office
    School of Law
    20 Lyddon Terrace
    University of Leeds
    LS2 9JT

    Telephone: 0113 343 5033 (international +44 113 343 5033)
    Fax: 0113 343 5056 (international +44 113 343 5056)
    Email: [email protected]

    Where To Find

    The School of Law is located at 20 Lyddon Terrace, which is just off Clarendon Road (turn left into University Road entrance, opposite Business School, and then first right; the Law building is at the end of the left-hand row of houses). If you need further assistance to find a person or a room, ask at the General Office (on the right, immediately after you enter the main building) or follow the signs.

    LeedsLaw - Contacts
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