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 Portsmouth Law School we're passionate about the role that the legal system plays in upholding these principles.
Our students develop the skills and qualifications 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.
Business and law taster days
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 as part of 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 building 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.
All of our courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
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 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).
Accountability risk and rights
Research in this area covers a broad range of topics within Portsmouth Law School and the Law Research Group, from employment protection to data protection and the regulation and governance of companies, to the law as it affects family members throughout their lives.
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
International and European Law
We're investigating transnational laws and examining comparatively foreign national law to better understand them. Explore our international and European law research.
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.