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
Adding a quantitative research minor to your programme opens your mind to new ways of thinking. Starting with no assumed statistical knowledge, you graduate with an advanced package of practical quantitative skills alongside your subject-specific knowledge.
Our degree programme
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.
In addition to your Law modules, you study compulsory modules focusing on Quantitative Research. Statistics and data analysis are becoming more and more important in a huge range of fields, including policing and criminal justice, business and finance, and the media. Quantitative methods are also important in the academic study of law, offering a toolkit to compare legal systems across time and space,
analyse policy and explore the relationship between the law and wider
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.
The Q-Step centre boasts a team of world-class quantitative researchers, and innovative technology-based teaching methods. Our Placement Officer provides one-to-one support in arranging your placement if you choose
this option in Stage 3. Please see www.kent.ac.uk/qstep for more information.
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 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