A TOP judge opened Huddersfield University’s new Law School at an official ceremony.
Yesterday’s event signified the relaunch and rebranding of the Law Department, which will now offer a wider range of courses.
Baroness Hale – one of the House of Lords’s 12 judges – unveiled a plaque and gave a speech on women and ethnic minorities in senior legal positions.
The main speaker was the director of JUSTICE, Prof Roger Smith.
University vice-chancellor Prof Bob Cryan said: “We are delighted to welcome Baroness Hale.
“This is a milestone in the history of the university and underlines our position as an innovative and leading institution in law, equipping our students with the tools to flourish in their careers within the legal profession.”
Baroness Hale said: “It’s a great pleasure and great honour to be here. The thing that’s special about this department is its great commitment to winning access to justice for all.
“If hard work, goodwill and good ideas can make a success of something then it has a great future.”
Law School head Dr Paul Richards said: “The new school will allow us to lead the way in terms of offering pioneering law qualifications.”
The university’s law department began in 1978 with 40 students.
The school now has 700 students and 33 staff, all of whom are qualified solicitors and barristers.