The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Law at Canterbury
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Kent Law School is recognised as one of the leading law schools in the UK. It has an international reputation both for its research and for the high quality, innovative, critical and socio-legal education that it provides. It boasts a carefully designed and wide-ranging curriculum, an institutional commitment to teaching excellence, as well as extensive international links. In addition to offering a highly successful mooting programme and a variety of activities to prepare students for successful future careers, the Law School also houses a multi-award winning Law Clinic that offers students the opportunity to gain unparalleled experience of legal practice, enabling them to advise and represent clients under the supervision of qualified solicitors.
In short, at Kent Law School you develop not only your legal knowledge but your intellectual, analytical and practical skills, ensuring that you have the academic and professional tools required for a successful career in law or in other professional contexts.
The Kent electronic law library, Lawlinks, is one of the best in the UK. All modules have their own websites and many of the lectures are recorded when given live and made available as MP3 files.
If you already have or will have a degree in another subject, you can apply for our ‘Senior Status' programme. This allows you to complete the LLB in two years rather than three.
Did you know?
Kent Law School was the winner of the Attorney General's Award 2011 for Best Contribution by a Law School (to Pro Bono work), for the work of the Kent Law Clinic.
See individual programmes for entry requirements and other information
Single honours degrees
Joint honours degrees
- Law and Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons) - (NM41)
- Law and Business Administration - BA (Hons) - (MN12)
- Law and Criminology - BA (Hons) - (MM19)
- Law and Economics - BA (Hons) - (ML11)
- Law and English and American Literature - BA (Hons) - (MQ13)
- Law and History - BA (Hons) - (VM1C)
- Law and Philosophy - BA (Hons) - (MV15)
- Politics and Law - BA (Hons) - (LM21)
- Psychology and Law - BSc (Hons) - (CM81)
- Law and Social Anthropology - BA (Hons) - (ML16)
- Law and Sociology - BA (Hons) - (LM31)
- Law and Welfare - BA (Hons) - (ML14)
Qualifying Law degree possible with all combinations.
- English and French Law - LLB (Hons) - (M121)
- English and German Law - LLB (Hons) - (M122)
- English and Italian Law - LLB (Hons) - (M123)
- English and Spanish Law - LLB (Hons) - (M125)
- European Legal Studies - LLB (Hons) - (M120)
- Law with a Language (French or German only) - LLB (Hons) - (M124)
- Law with a Language (Spanish) - LLB (Hons) - (M1R4)
Stage 1Core modules
- A Critical Introduction to Law
- Criminal Law
- Foundations of Property
- Introduction to Obligations
- Public Law I
Stage 2/3Core modules
You must complete the following modules to obtain a qualifying Law degree:
- Equity and Trusts
- Land Law
- The Law of Obligations
- Public Law II
- EU Law.
European and language programmes also include language/European law modules.Options
You can choose your options from over 40 different modules including:
- Art Law
- Clinical Legal Studies
- Company Law
- Family Law
- Human Rights and English Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
- Law and Literature.
The European programmes include a year spent: in France, at either Paris 1 (the Panthéon Sorbonne), Paris X (Nanterre), Bordeaux or Grenoble; in Germany at Marburg; in Italy at Bologna; in Spain at Toledo or Bilbao; and for European Legal Studies (where you are taught in English) in the Netherlands (Amsterdam or Maastricht), Denmark (Copenhagen), Sweden (Uppsala), Finland (Turku), Czech Republic (Prague), Austria (Vienna) and Norway (Bergen).
The third year of the Law with a Year in Hong Kong degree is spent at the University of Hong Kong, and the third year of the Law with a Year in China degree is spent at either Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing or at Renmin University of China in Beijing. In all cases, you are taught in English.
The third year of the Law with French Language and a Year Abroad degree is spent in Canada at either the University of Ottawa or the University of Montreal.
Teaching and assessment
Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. You are taught by as many of our leading researchers as possible. We also have one of the best student:staff ratios in the country, which allows small, weekly seminar-group teaching in all of our core modules, where you are actively encouraged to take part.
Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module. Some modules include an optional research based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. In Clinical Legal Studies, the final mark is based on your client file and a dissertation.
Kent is the only law school in the UK to have had staff shortlisted for the National Law Teacher of the Year Award for three consecutive years (2010-2012).
A/AS levels: AAB (over 3 A levels or equivalent), IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher.
M103, M104: A/AS levels: AAA (over 3 A levels or equivalent), IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher.
M121, M122, M123, M124, M125, M1R1: A level grade B in relevant language.
M1R4: good GCSE or A Sub in related modern language.
MN12: GCSE Mathematics grade C.
ML11: GCSE Mathematics grade A.
NM41: GCSE Mathematics grade B.
MQ13: English Literature or English Language and Literature A level grade B.
VM1C: A level History, Classical Civilisation, Archaeology, Ancient History at B, if taken or GCSE grade B in History if no appropriate subject at A level.
Students are able to progress to Law from the University's International Foundation Programme.
Any applicant to Law (this includes all Law programmes, including all joint programmes) who is currently studying or has previously studied law at university level, even if the qualification was only partly completed or is incomplete, must state this clearly in the qualifications section of the UCAS form, and provide transcripts detailing this study direct to the university where available.
Kent has an excellent employment record, with Law School graduates demanding some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. Law graduates can go into a variety of careers, including working as: solicitors or barristers in private practice; lawyers in companies, local authorities, central government and its agencies, or in the institutions of the European Union; non-legal careers, such as banking, finance and management.
All programmes can lead to a qualifying law degree, which exempts you from the first stage of professional examinations required for qualification as a solicitor or as a barrister by the English Law Society and Bar Council.
Joint honours degrees with Psychology or Accounting & Finance can lead to dual professional recognition