Welcome to Liverpool Law School
Liverpool Law School is one of the oldest law departments in the UK. Established in 1892, we have been at the forefront of legal education and our academic research is respected internationally for its precision and significance. We are committed to contributing, through the excellence of our research and policy work, to critical exploration of the role of law in promoting (or inhibiting) social justice.
The Law School boasts particular strength in fields such as asylum and immigration law, business governance and regulation, charity law and policy, European Union law, European children’s rights law, international human rights law and medical and healthcare law. We strive to promote the social relevance and impact of our work – influencing public debate and policy at the local, national, European and international levels. Our staff are internationally renowned for their research, qualified and former practitioners of law and leading experts in their chosen discipline. We are particularly proud of our long tradition of fostering a research environment in which early career and doctoral researchers enjoy the best possible start to their academic careers right at the heart of departmental life.
We bring the same ethos to our student experience. Our students are engaged, empowered and employable. They are engaged with their subject intellectually, as well as engaged with the social relevance of law. They are academically empowered: we focus on developing core legal skills which transcend any specific field of legal study and provide dedicated classes that test and refine those skills. Our students are also personally empowered: we want them to graduate feeling enriched and enlivened as individual citizens. Our students possess the skills expected in a modern professional workplace: our unique mixture of teaching methods, and specialist support for careers and employability, is specifically designed to identify and enhance vitally important transferrable skills. Our flagship in-house legal practice, Liverpool Law Clinic, and our lively mooting, advocacy and negotiations societies, enable our students to further develop those skills through hands-on practical experience.
Our dedication to research excellence and delivering a first class student experience are driven by the City of Liverpool’s longstanding tradition of promoting equitable social reform, as well as our own identity as part of the School of Law and Social Justice. In all of our activities, we are inspired by the University of Liverpool’s commitment to be “world shaping, life changing”.
Study in one of the UK's great legal centres
Liverpool is an important regional, national and international commercial centre and many major international companies have their base in the city. It has a long and proud tradition of promoting social justice and has one of the largest legal sectors in the UK. “Top 50” firms such as DLA Piper, Hill Dickinson and Weightmans have their roots in Liverpool and there are seven major barristers' chambers in the city.
Many of the UK’s most influential charitable and community initiatives were born in the city, which retains a strong and distinctive voice in national debates about social change and fair opportunities. Liverpool Law School is keenly aware of its responsibility to contribute to our local community, not only through the important pro bono work of our Law Clinic, but by actively engaging our students with the local legal profession and promoting schemes such as professional mentoring and the dynamic activities of our student-led societies.