Law with Professor Thom Brooks

Durham University

Can you imagine a world without law? Is it obvious what constitutes a crime? Law is a system of rules created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behaviour. Law is fundamental in society. Law is the “art of justice.”

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Meet the academic

Thom Brooks is an award-winning author, columnist, policy advisor and public speaker. He is Professor of Law and Government at Durham Law School where he was the inaugural and longest serving Dean 2016-21, as well as an Associate Member of Durham University's Philosophy Department and School of Government & International Affairs. Brooks appears frequently on television, radio and in print media as a highly sought after commentator and expert. His general research interests are in ethics, law and public policy.

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Course snapshot

The LLB degree is a highly flexible three-year, full-time course. There are approximately 300 students in each year of the LLB. While providing a solid grounding in the main areas of English and Welsh law, it also allows for individual specialisation through a variety of optional modules offered by the School and other departments in the University.

The degree course provides the opportunity to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. (Please note: whether or not a degree exempts a student from the academic stage of training to be a solicitor or barrister depends on the modules that the student studies. In practice, virtually all of our students choose to study the modules that are required by the Law Society and Bar Council, and do gain a Qualifying Law Degree).

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Durham University

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. Consistently in the World Top 100 universities, Durham offers over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across 17 colleges in a distinctive collegiate system. Over 130 countries are represented in Durham's staff and student bodies, creating a diverse social and academic community, and Durham is very highly ranked for employer reputation too. Durham is a fantastic choice for a dedicated student!

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