Why study Law at Kent?
Kent Law School is one of the leading law schools in the UK; we are ranked 14th in the Times Good University Guide 2017, 15th in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for law and 19th in the Complete University Guide 2017 (Kent is one of only 12 law schools ranked in the top 20 of all three major UK league tables for law). Kent Law School is listed amongst the top 100 law schools in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016, 91% of Law students at Kent were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Here are ten more reasons why we believe Kent is a great place to study Law:
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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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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We have an international reputation for the quality of our research; we are ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity (and 7th in the UK for research power) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 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.
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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:
- Kent Law School is ranked 5th nationally for the percentage of graduates (87%) who find graduate-level jobs, or are studying further, within six months of graduation (The Guardian University Guide 2017)
- Law at Kent has high employment outcomes, scoring 82% for graduate prospects (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)
- Of Law students who graduated from Kent in 2015, 94% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE)
Explore our alumni profiles for more insight into what our graduates do
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.
Our new, dedicated moot court was officially opened 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.
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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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.
Explore our broad range of two-year, three-year and four-year qualifying degree programmes