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About The Dickson Poon School of Law

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world - ranking in the top 10 in the UK and 16th worldwide*.

The School was established in 1831, and has played an integral role in the life of King's College London since the College was formed almost 200 years ago.

It has one of this country's most distinguished research and teaching reputations - staff are active in research and among the leading international experts. This helps us to continue to push the boundaries of academic thought and to innovate across disciplines.

The School is based in Somerset House East Wing, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in February 2012.

The School was renamed after the £20m donation from Mr Dickson Poon CBE, the Hong Kong based British philanthropist. Mr Dickson Poon's £20m donation to the Law School, the largest in the College's history and believed to be the biggest ever to a British or European law faculty, is part of a £40m transformation project for the School which aims to further its reputation as one of the top law schools in the world and setting new standards in legal education and research. This has allowed the School, among other exciting projects, to launch the largest scholarship programme for law in Europe offering up to 75 scholarships worth £18,000 to £36,000 annually to the brightest and best new law students.

Most recently, Lord Judge has been appointed Distinguished Visitor. Lord Judge is the second former Chief Justice to join the School within the space of 12 months. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, became the School’s first Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor in November 2012.


Also in 2013, the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Law, Politics & Philosophy was established following a £7 million gift from Mark Yeoh (LLB graduate of King's) and his family.

Professor David Caron joined the School as Dean in mid 2013. David Caron was previously the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Located in the heart of the British legal and political world and surrounded by major global law firms, The Dickson Poon School of Law offers you invaluable interaction with the wider legal community and opportunities to establish links with your peers and a wider professional network.

*Guardian University Guide 2014: Law
*2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject

* The Complete University Guide 2014 - Law

*The 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise international recognition ranking

NSS 2013: 88% overall satisfaction amongst our law students.
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