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We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate law courses to cater for people at all stages in their career. Whether you are looking to qualify as a lawyer, study law alongside a related subject, or if you wish to study a particular area of law in depth.
Our reputation for high quality teaching is verified by government agencies and professional bodies. Many members of our teaching staff are active in professional legal practice or are legal scholars whose research puts them at the forefront of legal learning. Several members of the judiciary and leading legal practitioners are visiting professors and fellows. Our Academic Skills Centre helps students with and advises them on coursework.
Kingston law students can take advantage of our careers and employability services, improving their CVs and interviewing techniques and networking with leading law firms through our programme of research seminars which are open to external speakers and attendees.
Through our alumni, the prestigious recipients of our Royal Courts of Justice honorary doctorates, visiting professors and guest speaker events at our student Law Society, we have well-established links with many firms and individuals throughout the legal profession. Local and countrywide law firms and legal publishers sponsor our competitions, research and student prizes. Our Business Services bring the law department into professional contact with many other businesses and industries outside of law.
We offer huge opportunities to students to develop their practical legal skills and make them stand out in the job market. We encourage students to take part in in-house, national and international competitions in client interviewing, mediation and mooting. And we achieve a considerable amount of success in these competitions. The Kingston Award gives special awards on graduation to students who take on extra activities and responsibilities during their degree programme to enhance their career opportunities.
Our range of undergraduate courses are designed to give you the flexibility to study law regardless of you future career progressions within the field. Studying law gives you a broad range of academic skills so whether you are looking for a course that qualifies you as a lawyer, or if you wish to study law and transfer the skills into other career paths then we have courses to suit you.
Kingston Law LLB courses are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) as a qualifying law degree. Students can progress to the vocational stage of their legal training once they have successfully completed the LLB.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the professional body that represents and regulates practising solicitors in England and Wales.
The Bar Standards Board is the professional governing body for barristers.
We offer a diverse range of postgraduate law courses, either at a general level or across numerous specialist areas of law such as dispute resolution and employment law. So whether you are already within the legal profession and looking to specialise, or outside the profession and wanting to gain a greater understanding of the legal aspects involved in a certain area then we have courses to achieve that.
Writing academic assignments can often be a daunting prospect, particularly if English is not your first language. The Law Academic Skills Centre can help you with structuring your assignments, referencing, plagiarism, grammar, punctuation and maths skills.
You can bring draft assignments to the drop-in desk in the Nightingale Centre (Learning Resource Centre) on the Kingston Hill campus, to get advice from tutors, writing experts and students from the Department of Law.
There is no need to book.
You can drop in to see an academic adviser at the ASC desk, between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and from 11.00am to 3.00pm on Fridays. They will offer advice and guidance on what you can do to improve your written assignments, in particular, academic structure, presentation, grammar, punctuation, referencing and answering/unpacking the question.
You can get help with your English language skills on Tuesdays from 1.00pm to 3.00pm and Fridays from 11.00am to 1.00pm.
You can drop in to the Nightingale Centre to get help and support from library staff with how to use databases, formulating search strategies and referencing.
Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:
To meet the demands of the modern workplace, the Department of Law is changing how it educates and trains its law students. From September 2016, all students have undertaken our new three year degrees geared to enhancing their careers and employability. The degrees will better prepare students for the world of work, combining academic learning, professional experience, management skills training and professional links.
Kingston University already has a high quality professional internship programme. However, from May 2017 we have increased the number of professional internships offered to law students and are looking for more organisations to take part in this innovative programme.
Your organisation will be in great company. We regularly receive excellent feedback from companies we work with and many go on to offer permanent positions to our students.
We are looking for internship organisations of all sizes, throughout the private, public and voluntary sectors. Whether you are a legal practice, a barrister in chambers or a legal department within a business, we believe you will benefit from becoming one of our professional internship providers. We also believe you can offer our students valuable legal experience, which will enable them to see the range and scope of modern professional practice.
By joining our professional internship programme you will:
The new law degrees offered since September 2016 are:
These remain qualifying law degrees, recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). If students aim to become barristers or solicitors, then once they graduate they may progress to the vocational stage of their legal training.
Kingston University's new degree courses combine:
This is alongside their qualifying law degree and all in just three years.
At Kingston University, we believe there is a real need for degree courses that properly meet the demands of professional organisations and prepare students fully to enter the world of work. Employers have often stated their need for graduates who have skills that are not only academic but also practical. We believe our new law degree courses will meet that need, and are committed to giving our students the best possible start to their careers by incorporating a professional internship and professional readiness training into the three year degrees.
Organisations that have provided our students with professional internships are legal service providers of a variety of sizes, from global law firms to small high street solicitors, as well as organisations in the private and the public sector. Kingston University has a wealth of contacts, and excellent relationships with a wide range of professional internship providers such as Rose and Rose Legal, GT Stewart, Joseph Hill Criminal Defence Specialists and the Civil Aviation Authority's legal department.
By agreeing to become a professional internship provider, you will benefit from a hard-working, energetic student who has been prepared both academically and practically for the workplace, is keen to learn and put their skills into practice. Students will have an active interest in your company's area of work, and will have knowledge gained from our courses that are up-to-date and reflect the latest changes in professional organisations. Our students are from a variety of backgrounds and countries, offering a range of perspectives that reflect the society in which many companies operate.
Through our Professional Readiness Programme, we ensure students are ready for their professional internships. The programme consists of a wide range of skills training, meeting the practical needs of the workplace. This skills learning begins as soon as students start their degree. Students must attend and pass assessments on this Professional Readiness Programme to be allowed to take a professional internship.
The skills taught by our Professional Readiness Programme include:
There will also be:
Internship providers will be able to log in to our system and advertise their internship opportunities directly to the students via our vacancy board. Both students and professional internship providers will be able to match the skills required by the professional internship and the nature of the work to the skills and suitability of the student.
You can have as much or as little to do with the selection process as suits you. Students can send their applications directly to you or Kingston University can shortlist a selection of the most suitable candidates for interview. As a professional internship provider, you will always have the final say on the students chosen.
You will find our law students to be hard working, focused and ambitious. They have chosen their degrees because they realise the career advantages they will gain from this more intensive programme.
Many of our law graduates go on to train as solicitors or barristers. Some have secured training contracts in 'Magic Circle' firms, as well as funding for both bar school and pupillage.
Others have achieved positions such as financial consultants, company secretaries, insolvency practitioners, university professors and legal assistants.
The skills and knowledge our students will gain are not only relevant to a legal career, but also suitable as a foundation for other areas, such as business, industry and public administration.
If you would like to find out more or to register your interest please complete our enquiry form.
If you choose to study as a law undergraduate at Kingston University, you will be given the opportunity to take on legal and non-legal internships as well as placements throughout your degree.
As a law student, work experience is considered to be a 'must have' among employers. It is a crucial part of your degree, running alongside your academic study. Work experience is beneficial because:
You will not be negotiating the minefield of securing work experience alone: we will be with you every step of the way. We provide guidance and advice for application forms, competency and psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews, including conducting mock interviews.
Our dedicated placement team will let you know of the latest placement and internship opportunities and check your CVs and cover letters. We can help you find work experience through our network of contacts with employers or through our workshops, job fairs, and networking and speed interviewing events.
If you choose to study as an undergraduate at Kingston University, you will be given the opportunity to study abroad among a large choice of destinations at one of our partner institutions in Europe as well as in the United States, New Zealand, Barbados, South Korea, Canada and Australia throughout your degree.
Kingston law students have been engaged in study exchange programmes for nearly two decades. Law students may benefit from two types of exchange programmes: studying in a European university as part of the Erasmus programme or in a non-EU English speaking country.