Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice

The Division for the study of Law, Society and Social Justice (LSSJ) comprises three schools: Kent Law School (KLS); The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR); and the Centre for Journalism (CfJ).

About us

LSSJ is a large, diverse, multidisciplinary division with a shared ambition to make a difference; we strive to engage critically with social justice practices and projects at home and around the world, to interrogate how we can make society work better for all and to tell powerful stories.  

Our Teaching and research activities are located across three University sites: Canterbury (KLS and SSPSSR); Medway (SSPSSR and CfJ); and Brussels (KLS).

Wigoder Law Building

Wigoder Law Building, Canterbury campus

Study at LSSJ

You can choose from a broad range of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes across core subjects in Criminology; Journalism; Law; Social Policy; Social Work; and Sociology.

We deliver accredited qualifications and pathways to certification in four professions: Journalism, Law, Social Work and Applied Behavioural Analysis.  ​​​​​​​

Your options at LSSJ also include interdisciplinary joint honours programmes, Higher Degree Apprenticeships, and distance-learning programmes. 

The Gillingham Building at Medway

Gillingham Building, Medway campus

The Cornwallis Building at Canterbury

Cornwallis Building, Canterbury campus

Get in touch

Prospective applicants

For enquiries about studying our programmes: studylssj@kent.ac.uk

Kent students

Student support and wellbeing 

Employability and placements

Student attainment and student experience

Course administration 

Research at LSSJ

LSSJ academic staff publish research of the highest quality. In The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, three divisional disciplines (Criminology, Sociology, Social Work) are ranked 1st for research quality; Social Policy is ranked 2nd; Law is ranked 8th. Law is ranked 9th for research intensity in the The Complete University Guide 2021.

LSSJ is home to two multi-award winning providers of public services (Kent Law Clinic and the Tizard Centre) and hosts a vibrant collection of research centres, clusters, groups, networks and projects (please visit our research page listings below for more details).

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