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 Law 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.
For the Quantitative Research modules, in addition to learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, project supervision, and statistics classes, you have opportunities for hands-on research in the ‘field’ through placements and field trips. Most modules are assessed by examination and coursework in equal measure.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the principal features of the English legal system, including its institutions, procedures and sources of law
- 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, international law and comparative law
- the relationship between law and the historical, socio-economic and political contexts in which it operates
- a range of theoretical and critical perspectives that can be applied to the study of law
- a cross-disciplinary approach to qualitative and particularly advanced quantitative reasoning and the application of these methods to the analysis of complex societal problems
- the principal sources of social sciences information and data relevant to law and socio-legal studies.
You develop the intellectual skills to:
- effectively apply knowledge to analyse complex issues
- recognise and rank items and issues in terms of their relevance and importance
- collect and synthesise information from a variety of sources
- formulate and sustain a complex argument, 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 learning processes
- appropriately use quantitative analytical methods – including advanced methods – in handling, analysing and presenting statistical data across relevant disciplines.
You gain the subject-specific skills to:
- recognise the legal issues arising in a complex factual situation
- identify and apply the case and statute law relevant to it
- provide an informed and reasoned opinion on the possible legal actions arising from it, and their likelihood of success
- identify the legal and related issues that require to be researched
- effectively locate and use primary and secondary legal and other relevant sources
- conduct independent legal research using a range of resources, both paper and electronic
- critically evaluate an area of law both doctrinally and in terms of its socio-economic and other consequences
- handle and interpret quantitative evidence in differing intellectual contexts
- construct arguments within law and socio-legal studies using quantitative empirical evidence.
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- use the English language, both orally and in writing in relation to legal matters and generally, with care, accuracy and effectiveness
- engage constructively and effectively in arguments and discussions of complex matters
- give a clear and coherent presentation on a topic using appropriate supporting materials
- read complex legal and non-legal materials and summarise them accurately
- employ correct legal terminology and correct methods of citation and referencing for legal and other academic materials
- produce work in appropriate formats
- work collaboratively in groups to achieve defined tasks, to respond to different points of view and to negotiate outcomes
- present and evaluate information in a numerical or statistical form
- word-process their work and use a range of electronic databases and other information sources
- make appropriate use of analytical methods – including advanced methods – in handling, analysing and presenting statistical data in diverse real-world settings
- use IT and software to word-process, store, retrieve and analyse quantitative data and conduct various forms of computer-based analysis.
This programme aims to:
- attract and meet the needs of both those contemplating a career in the legal professions and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in law and legal issues
- 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 areas of law in depth
- provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which 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 University 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 that can be applied in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings
- provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in the legal professions and other fields
- provide a pioneering educational opportunity within the UK context combined with student engagement in a range of disciplines, enabling students to progress into high-level careers and related postgraduate opportunities
- provide students with the statistical and analytical tools to independently and successfully conduct advanced quantitative research
- help students make persuasive arguments using quantitative research, and to critically assess the arguments made by others within legal and non-legal settings
- help students link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry, so that they understand how to conduct and critique social research in the real world.