Dame Eleanor King Prof Susan Lea Prof Stephen Hardy

University of Hull unveils new law court in honour of Dame Eleanor King

The University of Hull has officially unveiled its new campus law court, named in honour of its most prestigious legal alumnus.

The Lady Justice King Courtroom will provide students at the University with a realistic courtroom environment, to help prepare them for careers in the legal world.

It is named in honour of The Right Honourable Lady Justice Dame Eleanor King – who since studying at the University has become one of the most respected and recognised names in law.

The new mock court room, located within the University’s School of Law, was officially opened on Thursday 25 November at a ceremony attended by Dame Eleanor, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Lea and Professor Stephen Hardy, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics.

Professor Susan Lea said: “It was a privilege to welcome Dame Eleanor back to the University, to unveil our new law court named in her honour.

“Dame Eleanor’s contribution to the field of law, over a career spanning more than three decades, is truly extraordinary. She has remained a valued friend of the University since studying law with us, and is one of Hull’s most influential alumni.

“It seems fitting, therefore, to name our new law court the Lady Justice King Courtroom. It will provide our students with experience of working in a courtroom environment, helping to prepare them for their future careers.”

Mock law court

The new campus law court is named in honour of its most prestigious legal alumnus

Dame Eleanor was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 1999.

She became a Deputy High Court Judge in 2000, and a High Court Judge in 2008. In 2011 she was awarded an honorary PhD from the University in recognition of her work in the Law, and in 2014, Dame Eleanor was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Since 2020, Dame Eleanor has been the Chair of the Judicial College - an important role ensuring that the judiciary is effectively trained to undertake their role.

Dame Eleanor said: “It was a great honour to have the new Law Court named after me.

“I greatly enjoyed returning to Hull and, in particular, to have the opportunity to meet some of the students.”

Law students at Hull have access to a variety of facilities and initiatives, all of which are designed to provide real-world industry experience.

Students can also get involved in the University’s Legal Advice Centre, handing real cases with real clients.

Hull students provide free, confidential and independent legal advice to members of the community, across a variety of areas including consumer rights, family, employment law, housing and property issues.

Professor Stephen Hardy, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, said: “Lady Justice King has been an inspiration to many Hull law students and using our new courtroom we will continue to inspire future lawyers and judges for many years to come.”

You can visit the website for more information on the University of Hull’s law degree courses.

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