At Kent, we have one of the top law schools in the UK. Kent Law
School is renowned for its world-leading research and its distinctive
‘critical approach’ that places law within the wider context of society. This creates an exciting environment in which to gain your Qualifying
Our degree programme
This distinctive four-year programme offers you the unparalleled
opportunity to obtain a Law degree (LLB) while developing an enhanced
understanding of law in an international context. Your studies include
an additional year, taught in English, at one of our partner
universities in Canada or Asia.
You study the detail of the law, as well as its history. You analyse
judgments and legal developments while taking into account the
political, ethical and social dimensions of the law. This ‘critical
approach’ enhances what is already a fascinating subject. It helps you
to fully understand the law and there are many chances to discuss and
debate its role in society.
Teaching is via lectures, small group seminars and case studies. Our popular mooting programme, hosted in a dedicated space within the £5m Wigoder Law Building, gives you the chance to develop advocacy skills in a simulated courtroom setting before a bench comprised of local judges, practising barristers, solicitors and lecturers.
Kent Law School has a supportive environment and your lecturers have
office hours where they provide guidance on a one-to-one basis. We also
the Skills Hub offering tailored guidance, five days a week in term time a law librarian to guide you in the use of online and printed resources.
If you are interested in developing your skills in a modern European
language, we also offer the following three-year programmes:
Law with a Language (French)Law with a Language (German)Law with a Language (Spanish)
All of our undergraduate Law degrees are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as Qualifying Law Degrees for entrants in 2020. They also contain the foundations of legal knowledge required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the academic component of professional training for intending barristers.
An alternative to the International Legal Studies with a Year Abroad programme is European Legal Studies, where you spend a year abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, and teaching is also in English.
We also offer English and French Law, which includes a year at one of our partner universities in France. Teaching on this programme is in French.
Kent student Shria talks about studying International Legal Studies with a Year Abroad.
Kent Law Clinic is based within our new, purpose-built building. It
is ideal for developing your practical skills and has a replica
courtroom for mooting.
Our academic resources are extensive. You have access to a wide range of materials, including:
collections of legislation and case law in UK, European and international law Lawlinks, our award-winning gateway to online legal resources major legal databases that are used on a daily basis in the legal profession audio recordings of your lectures.
There are plenty of activities related to your studies, including:
Kent Student Law Society for aspiring solicitors Kent Temple Law Society for those intending to go to the Bar Kent Critical Law Society Kent Canadian Law Society Nigerian Law Society European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Kent.
Kent Student Law Society and Kent Temple Law Society arrange events
that are attended by members of the legal profession, many of them Kent
alumni. They include QCs, judges, barristers, solicitors and members of
the Bar Council and Law Society.
In previous years, events have included the:
Kent Law Fair Kent Law Ball Temple Dinner.
Kent Critical Law Society has also put on events where students,
academics and practitioners can debate topical – and often controversial – legal issues.
We have approximately 100 legal professionals registered on our Professional
Mentoring Scheme, and leading law firms 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.
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