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Portsmouth School of Law

Explore the teaching and research activities taking place within our Law School, part of the University's Faculty of Business and Law

The rule of law and access to justice are central to a functioning society. In the School of Law we're passionate about the role the legal system plays in upholding these principles.

Our students develop the skills and qualifications they need to make a positive impact in the legal profession and society. Our exceptional teaching balances practical learning, industry experience and academic rigour to produce graduates with the knowledge and expertise to succeed as legal professionals.


Our lecturers are experts in their field and many have experience in the legal profession. Our teaching combines theoretical and practical study - so our students graduate with the relevant knowledge, skills and experience required to enter the industry.

Students can work with organisations like Portsmouth Mediation and the British Red Cross in our Clinical Legal Education module. 

They also gain practical experience through our Legal Advice Clinic. Under the guidance of qualified solicitors and experienced tutors, students offer legal advice to the public on civil and welfare matters including consumer issues, employment law and housing problems.

Students may practice and build their legal skills in our mock court room - a replica of a Crown Court - which helps build their confidence in public speaking. It also allows them to experience mooting and advocacy.

Through the Student Union's Law Society, students can also learn from mentors and become part of the campus law community.

Our teaching areas

Visit our Law subject area page to find out more about the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer.


Our research is thriving across a variety of subject areas including interdisciplinary and socio-legal projects, as demonstrated by our performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 across Outputs, Impact and Environment (where, in our first submission to the REF, in each case the power ranking places us in the top-10 of post-1992 universities).

Our areas of expertise

Explore the work we're doing across our areas of expertise in Law research.

Accountability, risk and rights

Research in this area covers topics including employment protection, data protection, the regulation and governance of companies, and how the law affects people throughout their lives.

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Well-being, legal education and the legal profession

Our research is identifying new ways of delivering legal education and new approaches that could deliver education more broadly. It also explores the growing issue of stress and wellbeing among law students and academics.

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Our staff

Our curriculum makes use of innovative learning and teaching approaches and is designed and delivered by a mix of academic and professionally qualified staff with experience of legal practice.

Explore our faculty

Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Business and Law.

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

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School of Organisations, Systems and People

Find out about the teaching and research activities taking place in our School of Organisations, Systems and People. 

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School of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation

Find out about the teaching and research activities taking place in our School of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation.

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Faculty of Business and Law

Explore the schools within the Faculty of Business and Law, and discover our teaching and research activities.

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office. 

+44 (0)23 9284 6970