At Leeds Law School, we are a welcoming and diverse community, and we are looking to attract applications from candidates who can see an alignment with our research and teaching ethos. Our vibrant community is drawn from both theoretical research backgrounds and from more practice-based routes, with many of our colleagues having practised full-time before joining us in academia. In this way our taught programme offer is diverse and well supported.
Colleagues are able to enjoy a teaching and research environment supported by state-of-the-art facilities. We encourage our active and engaged students to take advantage of mentoring and career development opportunities, placements and activities hosted in our courtroom. Students who choose Leeds Law School can expect a successful career founded on high-calibre, practical teaching delivered by our supportive team of colleagues.
We offer a broad variety of courses including our suite of LLB courses, LLM Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC), LLM Laws of England and Wales (incorporating the GDL), LLM International Business Law, CILEx Apprenticeship and each aims to give our graduates the enthusiasm, sharpness of mind and practical tools to thrive in competitive and fast-paced professional environments.
Leeds Law School’s Research ethos
We are a welcoming community and are looking to attract applications from candidates who are qualified to doctorate level, have a successful record of research supervision and demonstrate a significant and sustained experience of high-quality research publications that meet international standards of excellence. Although notably challenging to generate in the legal field, evidence of securing relevant and recent external grant research income is expected.
Research interests that complement existing strengths in the school would be welcome to help support the continuing growth and strength of our research community in the School. This said, we would also welcome applications from candidates who would bring new research areas to the School. Given the fast-developing interdisciplinary landscape that the University encourages, candidates with a strong record in designing and delivering integrated, interdisciplinary research activities would be of particular interest.
Leeds Beckett University is committed to building its reputation and research profile; regionally, nationally and internationally.
REF 2021 marked a mile-stone for the law school as we made our first return to the national research competition since 2001. We are proud of how far we have travelled since 2015 and delighted that 63% of our outputs were judged at 3 or 4 stars; we look forward to continuing our research journey with the support of the new appointments.
Leeds Law School’s Teaching ethos
Leeds Law School has been teaching law since 1924 and provides a full range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. Leeds Beckett University.
There is a long history of achievement and ensuring student success. The School is perfectly placed to ensure all students are able to mine the wealth of practical experience and employment opportunities available on our doorstep, facilitated through the relationships that our colleagues nurture with the profession.
State-of-the-art facilities, mentoring and career development opportunities, placements, a law clinic and a courtroom, mean that students who choose Leeds Law School can expect a successful career founded on high calibre, practical teaching delivered by our dedicated academic team.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and ideally should have experience of teaching at least one of the foundation subjects.
Our Research Groups and PhD offer
Applied Legal Education
The Applied Legal Education Research Group encourages and promotes scholarship, knowledge transfer and research on all aspects of legal education. The group brings together researchers with a variety of backgrounds who share an interest in pedagogy, the academic discipline of law, learning and teaching on vocational and professional courses, the education and training of lawyers and other legal education issues. The research carried out within and through the group is grounded in appropriate theories but seeks to make a difference to students, law teachers and others working with(in) Law Schools or otherwise involved in legal education.
Conflict, security, & International Human Rights Research
The Conflict, Security & International Human Rights Research Group captures the connected research areas of law and terrorism and human rights law. As far the threat of and the actual manifestations of terrorism, the focus is on exploring the role that law Leeds Beckett University has within a wider counter-terrorism framework. Similarly, in an increasingly complex and globalised world, the focus is on the fundamental role that law has in the protection of individual rights.
Leeds Law School currently has MRES, MPhil and PhD offerings, which cater for a range of topics – from nuclear accident liability to management and laws surrounding registered sex offenders.
Leeds Law School is able to supervise research degrees in the following areas:
- Criminal Law and Justice
- Commercial Law
- Equality Law
- European Union Law
- Human Rights
- International Trade Law
- Law and Terrorism/Security
- Legal Education including pedagogy
- Medical Law including Mental Health
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence
- Tort Law
All these specialist areas feed into our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, enhancing and enriching the learning experience of students.