Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching

About Kent Law School

A leading UK law school

Kent Law School is one of the leading law schools in the UK; we are ranked 13th in The Guardian University Guide 2019 for law, 11th in The Times Good University Guide 2019 and 18th in The Complete University Guide 2019.

The Law School also has an excellent international reputation; we are ranked =58th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for law 2019 and are listed among the top 100 law schools in the world in the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018. We are also ranked among the top 150 law schools in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017, over 93% of Law students who responded to the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Law at Kent was ranked 15th for overall satisfaction.

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Our distinctive ‘critical approach’

Kent Law School takes a distinctive 'critical approach' to teaching law alongside an interdisciplinary and progressive approach to its curriculum; in addition to learning the detail of the law, you are taught to think about its history, development and relationship with wider society. This approach helps you to develop skills in analysis and creative thinking that are vital to lawyers and useful in many other professions.

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Outstanding teaching

Our academic staff at Kent author leading legal texts and take an innovative approach to teaching that brings the law to life. Students at Kent are taught in lectures and in small group seminars, with friendly and approachable teachers engaging and encouraging students. All Kent Law School teachers provide full feedback on written work and have regular contact hours. We are firmly committed to outstanding teaching, and inspire our students to excel academically and professionally.

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Award-winning Law Clinic

A recipient of both the Attorney General's Award for pro-bono work and the Queen's Anniversary Prize – our Law Clinic gives you the opportunity to gain unparalleled experience of legal practice by representing real clients under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

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World-leading research

We have an international reputation for the quality of our research; in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent Law School was ranked 8th for research intensity in the Times Higher Education. Almost all (99%) of the research submitted to the REF was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

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Our international outlook

The international character of our School is reflected not only in our location (less than an hour from London and less than two hours from Paris by train) and in the global perspective to law that our curriculum offers but in our staff and student body, with almost 100 nationalities represented within the Law School. Our qualifying law degrees offer the opportunity to spend a year studying in China, Hong Kong, Canada, or throughout much of Europe. Many of our Kent LLM programmes have an international focus, and we offer taught LLM programmes at the University's Brussels centre.

  • Kent Law School is ranked 12th in the world for international outlook in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for law 2019

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Excellent graduate prospects

We prepare students for successful and rewarding careers and our excellent international reputation means that our students proceed to practice in numerous countries worldwide:

  • For graduate prospects, Law at Kent was ranked 15th in The Times Good University Guide 2018 and 15th in The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Kent Law School is ranked 11th in the UK for career prospects (and 19th overall) in the Simply Law Jobs University Rankings 2018
  • Of Law students who graduated from Kent in 2016, over 97% of those who responded to a national survey were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

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Opportunities to gain practical legal skills

You can enhance your legal education by participating in a range of extra-curricular modules that include Mooting; Mediation; Negotiation; and Client Interviewing. You will also have the opportunity to hone your skills in local, national and international competitions.

Moot court
Our purpose-built Moot Room, in the Wigoder Law Building (officially opened by Baroness Hale in October 2016)

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Excellent professional connections

We have approx 100 legal professionals registered on our Professional Mentoring Scheme and leading law firms from London and the regional area visit the campus to attend the annual Kent Law Fair, offer mock interviews, or run workshops. We regularly hold careers talks given by practising lawyers (many of whom are Kent alumni) and host guest lectures given by some of the leading legal figures of our time.

There are also seven student societies within the Law School who work to help prepare you for legal practise and provide opportunities to meet and speak with prominent members of the legal profession.

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A supportive learning environment

Everything possible is done to foster your intellectual and personal development; a broad framework of support for law students includes Academic Advisers, Student Advisers, Peer Mentors and a dedicated team in the School's Skills Hub, providing practical guidance and tailored support.

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Professional recognition

All the programmes that we offer at Kent Law School (including all joint honours programmes) can be a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

A QLD is a degree recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as satisfying the first (or 'academic') stage of professional training.

Successful completion of a QLD gives students the ability to progress directly to the second (or 'vocational') stage of profressional training which could be either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for aspiring solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for aspiring barristers.

Please be aware that the SRA and the BSB are conducting independent reviews of the legal training and education required to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. These reviews cover the academic stage of training and may impact upon the role of the law degree as part of the training process. Please see the website of each regulator for more information.

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Last Updated: 23/10/2018