Strathclyde Law School

Strathclyde Law School was established in 1964 and operates within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Strathclyde Law School
TypeLaw school
HeadProfessor Nicole Busby
AffiliationsUniversity of Strathclyde

The Law School currently operates from the Lord Hope Building (named after Lord Hope of Craighead, Chancellor of the University and Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court).

The Law School offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Courses offered

LLB (Honours and Pass)
LLB in Law and a Modern Language
LLB Part-time
LLB Graduate Entry (2 years Accelerated Course)
LLB (Clinical)
LLB Dual Qualifying in Scots and English Law
LLB English Law
BA (Honours and Pass)

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Law
LLM/PgDip in Construction Law
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Internet Law and Policy
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Human Rights Law
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in International Law and Sustainable Development
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in International Commercial Law
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Global Environmental Law and Governance
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Climate Change Law and Policy MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Criminal Justice and Penal Change
LLM in Law and Finance
LLM/PgDip/PgCert in Law of the Sea, Sustainable Development and International Law
LLM in Professional Legal Practice

PhD/MPhil by Research

Research Centres
The Centre for Professional Legal Studies
The Centre for Law, Crime and Justice
The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law
The Centre for Internet Law and Policy
Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

Heads of Department

1964–1976 Isaac Miller
1976–1985 Campbell Burns
1985–1990 Joe Thomson
1990–1994 Robert Burgess[1]
1994–2000 Alan Paterson
2000–2001 Kenneth Miller
2001–2007 Kenneth Norrie
2007–2013 Mark Poustie
2013-2016 Bryan Clark
2016-2017 Nicole Busby

Teaching awards

National rankings
Complete (2020)[2]11
Guardian (2020)[3]66
Times / Sunday Times (2020)[4]10=

Professor Kenneth Norrie was awarded Scottish Law Lecturer of the Year 2007 at the Law Awards of Scotland, and the Law School obtained more nominations than any other law school in 2007, with Professors Norrie, Robson and Rodger being nominated.

The nominations for the 2008 award also included two Strathclyde Law School lecturers: Professor John Blackie and Professor Donald Nicolson.[5]

In the 2009 New Year Honours List Professor Alan Paterson was awarded an OBE for services to law and legal education. In 2011, Professor Donald Nicolson was awarded an OBE for services to the legal profession.

The Law Clinic

University of Strathclyde Law Clinic
  • Graham Hills Building, University of Strathclyde
Key people
  • Other officers:Professor Donald Nicolson (Director)
    Jacob Hay and Fergus Lawrie (Student Directors)
Parent organization
Strathclyde Law School

The University of Strathclyde Law Clinic was set up in October 2003 by Professor Donald Nicolson, and was the first University-run Law Clinic in Scotland. The Law Clinic offers free legal advice and help to residents of Glasgow and the surrounding area who cannot afford a solicitor or do not qualify for legal aid. Dealing mainly with employment law and small claims issues, the Clinic has branched out in recent years into a variety of projects including an immigration unit, the Scottish Women's Rights Centre, and schools and prisons projects.

The current Law Clinic offices are located on Level 5 of the Graham Hills Building, on the University of Strathclyde John Anderson campus.

In 2016, the University of Strathclyde Law School won the pro bono award at the Scott and Co. Law Awards in Edinburgh. The Law Clinic frequently wins awards at the Law Works and Attorney General Awards in London, and this year saw Fergus Lawrie given the prize for best contribution by an individual student, a prize won in previous years by Jacky Wall in 2014.

The University of Strathclyde Law Clinic is now the biggest law clinic in the UK and is primarily run by a committee of students, headed by current student directors Jacob Hay and Fergus Lawrie.


The Law School has an active mooting society, which organises an internal competition for Strathclyde students and competes in various Scottish and UK external competitions.[6]

Fiona Malone and Lucy Brunton won the final of the inaugural NSLS Scottish Cup in the Court of Session in January 2015. Drew Long and Jonny Brown reached the semi-finals of the Alexander Stone Moot 2015, and Clara Smeaton and Drew Long won the annual Sheriff Cup Moot against the University of Glasgow, judged by Lady Wolffe from the Court of Session, in April 2015.

In 2016, a team from Strathclyde (Michael Anderson, Eddie Ferguson, and Clara Smeaton) went to the London qualifying rounds of the Jessup Moot. Also in 2016, Strathclyde hosted the European qualifiers for the Manfred Lachs Space Law moot and entered a team who reached the semi-finals of the European fixtures. In April 2015, the University of Strathclyde Mooting Society was asked to provide a team to represent the UK in the Commonwealth Moot Competition, which was held in Glasgow, when one of the teams had to pull out at the last minute.

Also in 2014, Clara Smeaton and Vanessa Puthucheary were runners-up in the ICLR mooting competition after successfully beating over 20 English university teams, on points of English law, to reach the final.

Clara Smeaton and Drew Long won the prestigious annual Sheriff Cup moot in 2015 against Glasgow University in front of Lady Wolffe.


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