UEA Law School is a vibrant community of expert academics and ambitious students with strong and meaningful links to the wider community, supported by our highly successful alumni.
The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Law.
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Welcome to the UEA Law School
In joining us you have become a member of a top law school, at a leading university. The Law School was ranked 7th out of all UK law schools by The Guardian University League Table 2018 and 12th by The Times University Guide 2017. The professors and lecturers at the UEA Law School are leading experts in their field, with backgrounds of either high level scholarship or legal practice. The Law School produces influential research on a range of important legal disciplines. For example, it is a founding partner in the internationally renowned and interdisciplinary, Centre for Competition Policy (CCP). The School’s excellent research record was reflected in the last Research Excellence Framework, in which more than two-thirds of our research was deemed world leading and internationally excellent (the top two categories). Indeed, only twelve other Law Schools had a higher percentage of their research placed in the top ‘world leading’ category.
We value our students and achieve exemplary levels of student satisfaction. The Law School prides itself in the quality of its teaching and the overall student experience it offers. In the 2015 National Student Survey, we came top for overall satisfaction among UK law schools, achieving a 98% satisfaction rating. As a law school and as a university, we consistently achieve high levels of satisfaction among our students. In recognition of how there can be bumps in the road as students make the transition to university study, we also take great care to provide pastoral care, to help our students overcome challenges that may occur within and beyond their studies. Every student has an academic advisor, whom they can talk things over with confidentially and who can help draw on the university’s extensive systems of support.
Our staff are approachable and friendly – we would not want it any other way. University marks your transition from School to the workplace. We will provide you with every opportunity to succeed, but in return you must make every effort to achieve the very best you can in your studies. We want you to fully engage with your studies and also enjoy the many other benefits of being at University. Your time here will go by all too quickly and we are here to help you avoid regrets about the levels of work you invest in your degree. If we feel you are not fully engaging with your studies, we will step in to offer assistance through our advisee system and help you develop strategies for working more effectively. You should feel free to ask your teachers about things you don’t easily understand and let them know what you find helpful or less helpful. The learning process never stops (not even for us!) and we continually work to improve the quality of our teaching.
We will help you achieve your full potential. We know that a University education is the costliest investments you will make in your life. The Law School is highly committed to helping our students achieve their full potential in terms of employability. We will help you develop and apply key skills that will be of great value, regardless of whether you decide to pursue a career in the legal profession or in any one of the diverse set of career paths our past graduates have successfully chosen. We run events at which alumni or employers come in to the School to give our students insights into the world of legal practice and other careers. We also run a mentoring programme, and offer opportunities for internships, and an extensive Law Clinic that gives you the opportunity (under appropriate supervision) to make a difference to society by giving advice – or possibly even by acting as an advocate before tribunals – for those who would otherwise be excluded from access to justice. All of these activities are intended to help you understand better the world into which you will move after you graduate, and to build your confidence, your practical skills and your CV.
Earlham Hall is a key part of the Law School’s identity. It is the Law School’s home and is a building of great historical importance. Built in 1642, it became home to the Gurney family. They established Gurney’s bank, which in 1896 merged with others to form Barclays bank. Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry was a renowned philanthropist who successfully campaigned to make conditions in gaols more humane and came to be known as the “angel of prisons”. She and other members of the Gurney family were also key participants of Britain’s anti-slavery movement. Between 2002-2016, Elizabeth Fry was depicted on the Bank of England £5 note. Today, this carefully renovated building provides a unique learning environment for students and faculty to work, study and socialise. Indeed, we recently completed the conversion of Earlham Hall’s old stable building, providing stunning new teaching rooms and a dedicated space for the School’s pro bono Law Clinic. The Law School inhabits one of the most beautiful parts of UEA’s campus, surrounded by Earlham Park and a short distance from UEA’s innovation hub – the Enterprise Centre, which happens to be one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe.
The UEA Law School is a strong family. The fact we are a medium-sized law school, enables us to maintain a sense of community and a vibrant ethos, with an extensive range of activities and competitions organised by our outstanding student Law Society, typically including mooting (mock trials of points of law), negotiation, client interviewing and ‘pitching’ competitions, and I would encourage you to participate in these sorts of activity and make the most of your time here.
I wish you every success and a happy time here at UEA Law School. I very much look forward to meeting you.
Professor Andreas Stephan
Head of the UEA Law School
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