Covering the foundations of law alongside compulsory and optional modules in Criminology (taught by our outstanding School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research), you develop an understanding of the law, allowing you to engage in informed debate on contemporary legal issues, and an understanding of the relationship between crime and deviance, society and social policy.
Our research-led teaching encourages you to take a critical view of the law, engaging with the latest research undertaken by expert academics. Our diverse, international community of staff and students provides a dynamic and engaging environment to gain the professional legal skills and knowledge you need to change the world we live in.
Reasons to study a Law degree at Kent
Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2022 and The Times Good University Guide 2022
State-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated moot courtroomStudy the issues that matter to you through our broad range of modulesPrepare for a successful career – this degree helps facilitate your ambitions to work in law as a solicitor or barrister, or as a lawyer internationallyGet involved in real legal practice and assist real clients through Kent Law ClinicTake part in co-curricular activities including lawyering skills modules in Mooting, Mock Trial Advocacy, and NegotiationJoin one of our student-led law societiesParticipate in innovative and meaningful projects like Critical Law TV and the Kent Law ReviewLearn from legal professionals on our Professional Mentoring SchemeStudy in a supportive environment with academic advisors and our Skills Hub which helps you succeed and achieve
What you’ll learn
Our law degree sharpens your thinking and your powers of persuasion whilst you gain extensive legal knowledge. You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse judgments and legal developments while considering the political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This critical approach facilitates your ability to interrogate and investigate the law. This enhances what is already a fascinating subject, and enables you to build well researched evidence bases and advocate your position, which is critically and vitally important in whichever professional occupation you aim to pursue.
Our popular mooting programme develops your advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprising local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers. Our Employability Support enables you to make connections, build your network, develop an understanding of the profession and plan for your future.
This degree will help you prepare for a career in law as a solicitor or barrister. All of our undergraduate Law degrees contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers, and provide a strong foundation for students who wish to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE).Law
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.
Most modules involve a weekly lecture and small group seminar, each lasting an hour; they are assessed by coursework (50%) and written examinations (50%). Some modules take the form of an extended dissertation. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: