Facilities & Training
The Dickson Poon School of Law provides the training to help our researchers achieve excellence, world class facilities in which to do so and the opportunity to contribute to teaching at King’s
Our researchers are an integral part of the King’s community and fully participate in the life of the School. They join our academic staff in the new state of the art premises in Somerset House. In addition to a dedicated suite of offices, our doctoral researchers have access to the Maughan Library, British Library of Economics and Political Science and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Our dedicated Information Specialist for Law helps to ensure that each of our researchers has access to the materials they need to complete their projects.
Completing a research degree is about more than writing a thesis and at King’s we produce well-rounded researchers. At the start of their degree each individual’s needs are assessed by their supervisor and a suitable training programme is devised. Our weekly Methodology Seminar Series is presented by our academic staff who draw on their own research experiences to help our researchers develop their projects. Work In Progress Seminars allow our researchers to present their ideas for the first time in a supportive environment. The Dickson Poon School of Law training is complemented by the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme and the training offered by the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre. The English Language Centre and Graduate School Writer in Residence programme help those from overseas overcome any language hurdles while all students can benefit from the courses offered by the Modern Language Centre.
Learning to Teach
Today’s students are tomorrow’s teachers. Doctoral researchers are the School’s first port of call to assist our staff in teaching on the undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. Every researcher is encouraged to complete the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice which is provided by the King’s Learning Institute. Our researchers put what they learn into practice by serving as Visiting Tutors on our LLB, LLM and MA degrees. New teachers are mentored by existing staff members and teaching is audited to ensure that skills are passed on. Our teaching is research-led which helps our researchers learn to teach.