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The School of Law is a research-led department committed to producing the highest quality scholarship while recognising the important relationship between excellence in research and in teaching. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 75 % of the School's research output was rated to be internationally significant. In terms of research power, the School ranked 17th of 67 rated law schools in the country. The School's research culture is founded on a pluralistic philosophy accommodating a range of approaches: doctrinal research, socio-legal research, interdisciplinary work as well as theoretical approaches (both analytical and continental). The School is one of the most international in the UK which is also reflected in the various research related networking activities of its staff. The University supports its staff's research with the possibility of a one-semester study leave every three years while the School encourages staff to secure external funding for further periods of research leave.

There are currently two clusters of research activity that have been constituted as centres: the Centre for European Law and Integration (CELI) and the Centre for Utility Consumer Law (CUCL). The School's theoretically oriented staff members form a third cluster as the Legal Theory Discussion Group (LTDG) with its own series of events and seminars.

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