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About Keele Law School
Keele Law School has a distinctive profile in UK legal education. We are known internationally for our combination of world-leading research with the provision of a high-quality legal education at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The legal education we offer is built on a foundation in excellence in core areas of Law and is enhanced by an outward looking approach that encourages the development of key legal skills, critical thinking, and knowledge, through inter-disciplinary perspectives, an engagement with the wider community and the legal profession, and a broad understanding of international legal issues. A striking example of this external commitment is the pioneering Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele (CLOCK) established by the School of Law in October 2012. Following the scheme’s success in its first 18 months (securing endorsements from the judiciary and the national Law Society), the Keele team is working with other universities to roll the model out.
Students at Keele Law School work closely with internationally recognised academics through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Our students also have the opportunity to work closely with leading members of the legal profession through our strong and active alumni networks, and through guest speakers and podcasts at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Keele thus provides a qualitatively different, and personal, legal education in a friendly, supportive, and dynamic learning environment. In just under fifty years, this has enabled successive cohorts of Keele graduates to build diverse careers in legal professions and many other sectors, including the police force, army, financial sector, teaching, retail and management. Keele alumni in the legal profession include partners of leading law firms, barristers, a recent president of the Law Society, and a current High Court judge. Our students continue to secure training contracts and pupillages in leading firms and chambers. Three Keele alumni (Michael Mansfield QC, Rosemary Whitfield-Jones, and Fiona Woolf CBE) were included in The Lawyer 's 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame
Keele Law School has a long-standing reputation for research excellence in Law, drawing upon socio-legal, theoretical and doctrinal approaches, and in philosophical and applied Ethics. This excellence was recognised most recently in REF 2014 with 26% of all research submitted viewed as world-leading, placing us within the top 22 Law Schools for world-leading research (65% world-leading or internationally excellent), and 53% of our submitted impact work judged as world-leading, bringing us in the Top 15 for world-leading impact work, and doing so with a high proportion of staff within the School submitted to the REF. More information about current and future projects can be found on individual staff profiles and on the research pages. Right from their first year, students coming to Keele will learn about Law from academics who are at the forefront of their discipline.