Manchester is one of the most dynamic and lively places in Europe; a big city with a compact and friendly center. Manchester's ability to welcome and embrace change throughout its history has given it a rare energy. Manchester was at the epicenter of the industrial revolution, and the spirit that brought the world into the modern age is evident in its trademark Victorian buildings and monuments, such as the gothic Town Hall in Albert Square. Over the last few years the city centre has undergone an extensive transformation. New public spaces have been created and imaginative buildings and developments have appeared, reshaping Manchester's skyline.
Manchester is considered England's second city after London, with much lower living costs than the capital. It is one of Britain's liveliest and most multicultural cities, buzzing with events, cinemas, exhibitions, clubs and bars that cater for every taste and background. Manchester also sets itself apart in terms of sporting prowess with two of the biggest football (soccer) clubs on the planet, Manchester United and Manchester City. It offers a vibrant world with which to engage during your study abroad experience.
The University of Manchester is the United Kingdom's largest single site university with over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. With more than 7,000 international students, the university is also home to a vibrant international community, with a host of organizations designed to support and encourage international discourse. Law has been taught in Manchester since 1872. The School of Law has a full time staff of about 70 academics. There are currently 17 professors and their areas of interest encompass such diverse subjects as: Tort Law, Medical Law, Bioethics, Constitutional Law, Public Law, International Law, Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, Criminology, Law and Economics, Media Law, Company and Commercial Law, European Law, Education Law, Jurisprudence. Students also benefit from the work conducted by research units housed within the School: the Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies; Institute for Law, Economy and Global Governance; The Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance & Security; and the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics.
Second-year UNC law students are able to study in Manchester during either the fall or spring semester, while third-year UNC law students may study in Manchester only during the fall semester. Students take between 12-15 credit hours which are applicable toward their J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Students are able to choose from a broad spectrum of classes to fit their particular interests. Students interested in studying in Manchester should contact Director of International Programs Dr. Beverly Sizemore to set up an appointment time. Students should meet with Dr. Sizemore by mid-October for a spring semester exchange and by mid-March for a fall semester exchange.