The University of Salford is building a new law school to compete with local rivals BPP Law School's Manchester branch, the University of Manchester Law School and Manchester Metropolitan University Law School.
Professor Alistair Alcock, formerly dean of law and later deputy vice-chancellor at Buckingham University, has been appointed as founding law professor.
He said: "We're going to continue in the style of the University of Salford, which is more practical and less theoretical than the approach taken by the University of Manchester."
The £10m building, due for completion next year and to be known as Salford Law School, will have an initial intake of around 80 students, which could rise to as many as 200 a year by 2010, a spokesman said.
Alcock added that the university plans to recruit students through a "widening participation scheme" aimed at people who would not normally consider university or a career in law.
Salford Law School will continue to offer distance and part-time postgraduate law programmes.