Department of Law


We are a forward-looking and friendly law department with a long and distinguished history, having been established in the 1960s. Through us, you can study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in current and developing aspects of law, including two LLB degrees and a Law PhD programme.

We are a research-focused department and believe that a top quality, research-led learning experience will enable you to meet the challenges posed by new developments in substantive law and the legal system. Our academics have strong research backgrounds; as a department we work closely with a large number of organisations to study and develop new and influential ideas.

Our aim is help you to achieve your career aspirations and make your professional life what you want it to be. We'll encourage you to take a hands-on approach to your legal studies: you'll have plenty of opportunities to develop your legal skills through mooting, client interviewing, negotiation and mediation. In all of these areas we have achieved considerable success in national and international student competitions. We also have an established pro bono Community Legal Advice Centre, in which you can gain hands-on practical experience of advising clients on their legal problems.

All of our academics have a genuine interest and commitment to helping you develop and achieve. Our location near to central London means you'll be on the doorstep of the legal heartland of the country. These opportunities have already helped our many illustrious alumni, who have moved on to become barristers, senior partners within large law firms and judges.

I look forward to welcoming you to Kingston.

Melissa Hardee
Interim Head of Department of Law

Our vision

To be recognised globally for an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to education and research, creating and realising life-changing opportunities.

Our mission

To create the best possible environment for staff and students which is diverse and inclusive, led by learning, entrepreneurial, and research informed.

Our values

Excellence, Innovation, Creativity and Respect

Our students will graduate as:

Self-confident, challenging and resourceful critical thinkers able to apply creative, innovative and enterprising problem-solving skills.

Engaged and inclusive team players, responsible and considerate people, strong communication and impact skills able to influence and negotiate.

Contact us

Interim Head of Department of Law: Melissa Hardee

Course administrator: Michelle Lambert