Kingston Law School has a good reputation for producing graduates who become successful practising lawyers. Many of our law graduates go on to train as solicitors or barristers. However, a degree in law is equally suitable as a foundation for many other areas, including business, industry and administration.
Graduates have secured training contracts in 'Magic Circle' firms, secured funding for both bar school and pupillage, and progressed to obtaining masters degrees. Alumni include university professors, Queen's Counsel (QCs), City firm solicitors, members of Her Majesty's Judiciary, a Hollywood producer, insolvency practitioners, company secretaries, and more.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Shante Nwanaebi
Course: Law LLB(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2013
"I got into Kingston through Clearing after I rejecting my second choice, and not achieving my predicted grades to get into my first choice. I have to say I am glad I chose Kingston and not another university. It has given me many great opportunities, and the location is great.
The opening of the Business School building generated more space and rooms, which was so beneficial in my final year. I was able to gather with my fellow students and revise for our exams.
I was not going to go on a course that did not include a year aboard, as I always knew that I wanted to do the study aboard scheme. During my studies I studied at California State University, Sacramento, for a year."
Name: Leslie Thomas
Course: Law LLB
"I graduated from Kingston Law School back in 1987 and since then my career in law has gone from strength to strength.
"When I left Kingston, I lectured in employment and criminal law at Westminster and Kingston Universities whilst practising in the early years. I then developed a civil law based practice. Today, my area of expertise is a narrow yet important area of human rights law. I specialise in the 'civil rights' torts against the police and police-related litigation, including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, trespass to property/person and misfeasance in public office. I represent claimants and I also represent grieving families who have lost loved ones in deaths in custody. This work is difficult and energy consuming. At times I have to be a counsellor as well as a lawyer. One of my biggest achievements since leaving Kingston is co-authoring what has now become one the most important practitioner text books in recent times on Inquests, published by LAG, a practical down to earth book on how to do inquests, which is now widely used and respected by those who practice in coronial law including coroners.
"The law course at Kingston is well respected and a well thought-out course. I got a good degree, which was a spring board for the Bar course. But the benefits received at Kingston were not just about academic qualifications; the support from the staff in the Law School is second to none. By way of example I am indebted to the former Head of Law, Professor Bob Upex, who assisted me in obtaining my first pupillage at the Bar, and also to Dr Penny Derbyshire who has always been an inspiration and a motivating force in my career even after I left Kingston. However, lest I give the wrong impression, I want to say it is certainly not all about law for me, I've managed to achieve a good work life balance, since leaving Kingston in 1987, I managed to raise two fantastic kids, travel extensively, learn languages and devote a great deal of my time to my other passion namely playing jazz saxophone. I would certainly recommend Kingston to would-be lawyers. The profession is extremely overcrowded, constantly under threat and attack but the education and training I received at Kingston I believe has really made a difference to my success and in combination with hard work has given me a competitive edge."
Name: Jonathan Chibafa
Course: Law LLB(Hons)
Jonathan came to Kingston University after completing his A-levels in Zimbabwe, where he grew up and his family still live.
Once here, he made quite an impact. On his first day at university he joined the Law Society and went on to be elected its president, organising social, academic and careers-oriented events. After graduation he spent a year as president of the Students' Union, which is a paid sabbatical position elected by students across the whole University.
His achievements include being awarded the Queen Mother's Scholarship from Middle Temple, one of four Societies that have the right to call men and women to the Bar (practise in court as a barrister). This is the Society's most prestigious award, reserved for exceptional candidates. Out of 260 applicants, Jonathan was one of just 24 students to receive the scholarship, which is worth £12,000.
Jonathan spoke about his time at Kingston in the summer before he started his Bar vocational course.
"I chose Kingston initially because I liked the atmosphere. It's friendly and it isn't too big. I felt comfortable and I was impressed by the level of academic support. The tutorials are in very small groups and there's plenty of additional support. The lecturers are there for you if you have a problem.
"Also, I liked the fact that there is no snobbery about the law degree at Kingston. People with very different backgrounds study here. It's really refreshing.
"I chose to study law because I have a strong interest in politics. I want to be involved in securing justice for individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to represent themselves. I was attracted to the role of lawyers in ensuring State powers are used legitimately. Any interference with people's rights must be necessary and proportionate.
"It was this strong belief in democracy and representing other people that got me involved in the Law Society and Students' Union. Being president of the Students' Union is the pinnacle of being able to represent students' rights.
"Receiving the Queen Mother's Scholarship gave me a lot of pleasure. There was an application form and two references. Then I was interviewed by two QCs and a barrister. It was really daunting but the skills I had acquired at Kingston gave me the confidence to cope with it. I'm very pleased with the outcome and extremely grateful for the support I have been given."
Name: Dionne Moody
Course: Law LLB
Dionne Moody was awarded two top law prizes on graduating from Kingston.
"During my time at Kingston University I studied the LLB Law degree and can genuinely say that it was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.
"My interest in law stemmed originally from my inbuilt curiosity to examine the world around me. To this end, law was a natural choice at A-level, where I developed a passion for researching the subject and its complexities. Subsequently, I decided that I would pursue law at undergraduate level to enable me to achieve my goal of becoming a successful city lawyer. Kingston was an easy choice for me, not only because of the friendly atmosphere and willingness of the staff to answer the numerous questions that I had, but also because of the location of the University, placed far enough away from the hustle and bustle of London to study in peace, but close enough to be able to enjoy the vibrant social life that the city offered during my spare time.
"In addition to the friendly working environment that the University offers, it also provides fantastic facilities, including access to a 24-hour Learning Resource Centre and substantial legal resources, both in hard copy and online. More importantly however, members of staff were always on hand to discuss any questions that I had and operated an open door policy. Nonetheless, studying law at Kingston is not for the faint hearted! It requires a huge amount of commitment and determination, but you really do get back what you put in. The course is very in depth, but if you have a strong interest in law, the content is both exciting and stimulating. The support that I received from the Law School during my time at Kingston has no doubt helped me to achieve my full potential. Upon leaving the University I was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize for the best final year student and the Jean Monnet Prize for the top student in European Union Law. These achievements, coupled with a strong academic record, resulted in me receiving offers from both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge for postgraduate study. Personally, I would recommend studying law at Kingston to anyone who has a strong interest in the subject, enjoys research and spending time analysing legal literature. Kingston University offers a challenging but supportive environment and I am sure that anyone who decides to undertake the course will find it a valuable and worthwhile experience."
Name: Salma Yousef
Course: Law LLB(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2004
Current job: Senior Crown Prosecutor (CPS)
Law LLB(Hons) graduate Salma is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"There were lots of things I liked about the Law LLB(Hons) at Kingston – the huge choice of modules and, in particular, the practical skills elements such as advice and negotiation, which you really benefit from when you start working.
"I also enjoyed the extra-curricular activities offered, such as mooting (debating legal argument) and negotiation, which enhance your CV and provide you with the opportunity to meet key players in the legal field. Plus, the campus is great and the teaching staff are excellent. They really take an interest in your development, even after you leave.
"After graduating I completed a masters and during this time, I registered with an agency. I was selected for a 3-month position at the CPS which was extended a couple of times and eventually I was recruited into a permanent role. I was extremely fortunate that the CPS has such a flexible approach to working as a result of which I was able to work part time whilst completing the Bar Vocational Course full time. Whilst this was demanding, it worked well and as soon as I finished the BVC I was successful in securing an Associate Prosecutor role. The following year I got pupillage and I am now working as a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the same team.
"A large amount of my time is spent at court, prosecuting a broad range of cases. I really enjoy the advocacy and the interaction with victims and witnesses where I can see the impact of my work, and the difference it makes, particularly in my role as a domestic violence specialist. In the office I am usually preparing cases for court, and also committal for the Crown Court. The work is demanding, but certainly rewarding and I am fortunate to work with a great team of lawyers.
"I feel Law LLB(Hons) is an excellent course and would recommend it to anyone. It opens up lots of opportunities, not just directly in law; the skills you develop are widely valued in the job market.
"It's great to do such a modern course, and that, coupled with the supportive teaching staff and superb facilities, provides an excellent learning experience."
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:
The Advocate's Gateway website, brainchild of Kingston Law School's Professor Penny Cooper and researchers of Lexicon Ltd, provides judges and lawyers with guidance on vulnerable witnesses and defendants.