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The Department of Law is among the top law schools in the UK and is ranked in the top three in London in the most recent Times Higher Education Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings for research intensity.* Founded in 1992, the department has grown from three members of academic staff to a body of 38 and an annual student intake of around 1000 students. Our reputation in the field of critical legal theory, philosophy and socio-legal approaches to law, attracts graduate students from a wide range of jurisdictions. As a student at the Department of Law you will benefit from a busy programme of activities during term time, including reading groups, mock trials and regular seminars. We have strong links with the legal profession, attracting academic visitors from leading law firms, chambers and prestigious law schools across the globe.
A global top-150 research institution, Birkbeck prides itself on giving students the very best education in an institution where the teaching is informed by our outstanding research excellence. Not only will you be taught by academics who are leading experts in their fields, you’ll also have the opportunity to study alongside students who bring professional work experience in the subject being studied. The College has the highest proportion of research active staff of any college or University in the Greater London area. Founded in 1823 Birkbeck is a unique college of the University of London. The majority of our students study part-time and many combine study with a career or family commitments.
The College is located in Bloomsbury in the centre of London and surrounded by many other University of London Colleges. Students have access to the College library, the University of London's Senate House library and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, all of which are a short walk from the Law School. The College's central London location is well served by most of the main Underground, main line and bus routes. The Birkbeck and University of London Student Unions are also situated nearby in Malet Street.
Our department has a vibrant research culture with regular visiting scholars. We have twice hosted the Critical Legal Conference, host an annual Law on Trial event, and support an annual three-week writer-in-residence programme, offering masterclasses in critical theory to our research students. Our reputation in the field of critical legal theory and philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to law, attracts graduate students from a wide range of jurisdictions.
Our postgraduate portfolio of degrees includes our flagship programmes in Human Rights and International Economic Law, Justice and Development, both of which are also offered in intensive form. We are distinguished from other law departments by our triple-track qualifying law degree programme, enabling our students to study the academic stage of the legal profession over two, three or four years.
Uniquely among law providers, we offer a full-time law degree by evening study alone, which increasingly attracts international students. For access students from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds we offer Certificate-level programmes in Legal Studies and Criminology and Criminal Justice providing exciting skills-based and specialist modules.
*Times Higher Education 2014 Research Intensity rankings.
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