About Kent Law School

Who we are

Kent Law School is one of the UK’s leading law schools. We have a distinctive critical approach, placing law within the wider context of society. Recognised excellence in teaching, world-class research, and an award-winning law clinic create an intellectually stimulating environment in which to study the law.

Our rankings


Kent Law School is ranked in the top 75 in the World for Law in the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023.



in the UK for research quality in the Times Higher Education REF2021.

Experts in the field

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 100% of our Law research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for impact and environment.  

Top 25

Law at Kent was ranked 25th out of 102 in The Times Good University Guide 2024.  


16th amongst UK Law Schools in the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

Our vision

As a critical law school, we teach you about legal rules and principles, but you are also encouraged to look beneath the surface of the law and examine how it came to be as it is and how it operates in practice. 

This enhances what is already a fascinating subject, and means you will graduate with a highly regarded degree and a wealth of skills that will help you succeed in your career.

Research with impact

Kent Law School has an international reputation for the quality of its research, which addresses the role of law in social, political and economic life. Following the REF 2021, Law at Kent was ranked 2nd for research in the UK in the Times Higher Education.

Our vibrant research community is home to a number of research centres and groups. Academic staff and centres are actively involved in a broad variety of research projects that seek to make a difference in the world. Our staff frequently publish books, book chapters and articles, present their research to academic and public audiences, and include their research in their teaching.

Impressive prospects

Our degree courses contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers.

Our degree courses, particularly the MLaw Advanced Legal Practice, also provide a strong foundation for students who wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE).