Strathclyde Law School demonstrates the very highest standards in both the quality of its teaching and research expertise. In the last official evaluation of the expertise of all UK universities, (the Research Assessment Exercise 2008), some 60% of the Law School’s research output was awarded the highest gradings - 4* ‘world-class’ or 3* ‘internationally excellent’ – placing us on that measure seventh best in the UK (out of 67) and top in Scotland. In other words, Strathclyde Law School’s academic staff are among the leading scholars in their fields with world renowned expertise. This high builds on the top (5A) rating the Law School was awarded for the quality of its academic expertise in the previous (2001) official Research Assessment Exercise.
Furthermore, in April 2014 Strathclyde Law School was ranked 10th out of 96 Law Schools in the UK for the third successive year in the Complete University Guide. We are also very highly ranked in the Guide in the UK for graduate prospects - positioning Strathclyde as one of the UK's top Law Schools.
We invest heavily in our learning and teaching facilities so that you can make the most of your university experience. The Andersonian Library is one of the finest in Scotland, and offers a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It is particularly well provided with multiple-copy textbooks and has an excellent collection of current journals. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas. Students also have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.
All our students have access to excellent IT facilities. Extensive resources are distributed throughout computer laboratories and seminar rooms. With no less than 30 computer laboratories containing more than 1,200 computers, we also provide network connectivity in all student residences. There are also 140 radio hot-spots across the campus allowing free wireless access when and where you need it.
Some universities are rooted in the past. At Strathclyde, we look to the future. This is a vibrant, forward-thinking university with a reputation for high-achieving students, academics and researchers. And as you make the big decision as to where you would like to gain your LLB, Masters degree (LLM/MSc), Diploma in Professional Legal Practice or PhD there are a few things you might like to know about us.
Our approachability is an important part of our appeal. We are a friendly and non-hierarchical School in which nonetheless the highest standards are set by us and expected of you. Our priority is to help you develop the professional skills and knowledge you need, and employers truly value. We offer unrivalled opportunities for experiential learning through our award winning Law Clinic, world-leading Clinical LLB programme and classes which blend real life experience and academic study at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our reputation for innovation is also second to none. While one of the first Law Schools to offer a part time LLB, deliver webcast based teaching, and pioneer a transactional-learning based Diploma in Legal Practice, our new Graduate Entrant ‘dual qualifying’ LLB is another example of Strathclyde being ahead of the curve.
We’re not an ‘ancient’ university and wouldn’t want to be. In our fifty years of educating tomorrow’s lawyers, what excites us is providing a quality of teaching and research that makes a difference to the world – today and tomorrow.