Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. Kent Law School is renowned nationally for research quality, being ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. All of our research-active staff teach, so you are taught by influential thinkers who are at the forefront of their field. We also have one of the best student-to-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, with Kent encouraging and supporting the development of research and written skills. Some modules include an optional research-based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark.
Assessment can also incorporate assessment through oral presentation and argument, often in the style of legal practice (such as mooting), and client-based work and reflection through our Law Clinic.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- principal features of the English legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
- principal features of the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
- the concepts, principles and rules of a substantial range of English legal subjects, including an in-depth knowledge of some areas of law, and, depending on options, an in-depth knowledge of the law of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights, international law and comparative law
- the relationship between law and the historical, socio-economic and political contexts in which it operates
- Spanish language to a high level
- a range of theoretical and critical perspectives which can be applied to the study of law.
You gain intellectual skills in how to:
- recognise and rank items and issues in terms of their relevance and importance
- effectively apply knowledge to analyse complex issues in both English and Spanish
- collect and synthesise information from a variety of English and Spanish sources
- formulate and sustain a complex argument in English and Spanish, supporting it with appropriate evidence
- recognise potential alternative solutions to particular problems and make a reasoned choice between them
- independently acquire knowledge and understanding in areas, both legal and non-legal, not previously studied
- demonstrate an independence of mind and an ability to critically challenge received understandings and conclusions
- reflect constructively on your own learning processes.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- recognising the legal issues arising in factual situations of limited and great complexity
- identifying and applying case and statute law
- providing informed and reasoned opinion on possible legal actions and their likelihood of success
- identifying legal and related issues which require research
- locating and using primary and secondary legal and other relevant sources
- conducting both guided and independent legal research using a range of resources
- critically evaluating an area of law both doctrinally and in terms of its socio-economic and other consequences
- functioning effectively in both English and Spanish languages and in English law
You develop transferable skills in the following areas:
- communication in both English and Spanish – how to communicate effectively, in speech and writing, in relation to legal matters and generally; engage constructively and effectively in arguments and discussions of complex matters; how to use communication and IT for the retrieval and presentation of information, including statistical or numerical data; how to read complex legal and non-legal materials and summarise them accurately; employing correct legal terminology and correct methods of citation and referencing for legal and other academic materials
- information technology – how to produce written documents; undertake online research; process information using databases
- working with others – how to define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks; collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals
- improving own learning – how to explore personal strengths and weaknesses; review your working environment; develop specialist learning skills (for example in foreign languages); develop autonomy in learning; demonstrate initiative and manage your own time
- problem solving – how to identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
The programme aims to:
- meet the needs of those contemplating a career in the professions of law, especially where proficiency in Spanish may be required, of those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in law and legal issues, and of those who wish to combine their intellectual or professional interest in law with proficiency in Spanish
- be compatible with widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes
- provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principal institutions and procedures of the English legal system
- provide a sound grounding in the major concepts and principles of English law, the law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
- develop a critical awareness of law in its historical, socio-economic and political contexts, and to introduce students to a range of different theoretical approaches to the study of law
- offer a range of modules covering the foundations of legal knowledge, as defined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, which will enable students who successfully complete them to obtain a qualifying law degree
- offer a range of options to enable students to study some selected areas of law in depth, including Spanish law
- offer students the opportunity to study the Spanish language in depth with the object of promoting European integration
- provide a curriculum supported by scholarship and a research culture that requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- offer the opportunity to acquire direct experience of legal practice and to critically reflect on it through participation in the Kent Law Clinic
- enable students to manage their own learning and to carry out independent research, including research into areas of law they have not previously studied
- develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings
- enable students to develop skills relevant to their vocational and personal development.