Our LLB Law programme focuses on the study of law as an intellectual discipline. It can form the first major step towards qualifying for practice as a solicitor or barrister, but also represents appropriate preliminary training for a range of other careers in which legal knowledge is an asset. The degree is suitable for students who have a general interest in law but want to find out more about it before deciding on a particular vocation.
We place great emphasis on making sure that you settle in to life as a law student and make the most of the opportunities available to you, which is why our School has consistently scored amongst the highest student-satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey for Law within the Russell Group of top 25 British universities since 2005.
The first year of all our LLB Law programmes is composed of required modules. The second year consists of three required modules, plus one module or equivalent chosen from a list of options. The final third-year students study Jurisprudence & Legal Theory and three modules from a list of options.
All core modules are taught by lectures, tutorials and research seminars. Research seminars cover four topics for each subject throughout the academic year, taught via two-hour teaching classes of 10 at a time. These classes explore research issues relating to core subjects in depth, including from interdisciplinary perspectives.
We have a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings for Law in the National Student Survey. Our teaching methods centre on lectures, smaller tutorials and seminars. Through those smaller groups, you will have the opportunity to apply the legal principles you have learned to specific problems, while our new research-dedicated seminars offer you an opportunity to engage with our academics. You will be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide advice on academic and personal issues and offer some careers assistance. We attach great importance to maintaining good relations between staff and students and our Staff-Student Liaison Committee meets regularly to discuss issues and ensure that students are receiving the support they need to maximise the benefit of their time at King’s.
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
This programme is further regulated by the:
- Law Benchmark Statement (2000)
- Criteria for degrees (University of London)
- Joint Statement of the Law Society and the General Council of the Bar (1999)
H-level descriptors of the framework for higher education qualifications (2001)
The Dickson Poon School of Law is located in the heart of the British legal world with the offices of major law firms, the Law Society, the Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice all within walking distance. Based at the Strand Campus in Somerset House East Wing, one of London’s most beautiful and iconic buildings, the School boasts a stylish new home for its staff and students, including student common rooms, teaching and seminar rooms and a moot court room. The Maughan Library contains a vast array of legal texts, reference materials, periodicals and datasets and is equipped with online databases such as Westlaw UK, Lexis, Justis, PLC and Kluwer Arbitration. We also produce our own legal periodical, the King’s Law Journal.
Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
We have many highly active student-run societies as well as King's award-winning students’ union, KCLSU, who organises a wide variety of social, sporting and cultural activities.
Both the King’s College London Law Society and Bar Society organise a number of social and career-oriented functions such as: internal and external mooting competitions; skills workshops; mock interview sessions; lecture series with prestigious barristers and other legal practitioners; and the Annual Black Tie Dinner; and the Inaugural Freshers’ Party. The Mooting Society leads workshops and practice moots for novices as well as competitions tailored to specific modules.
The Pro Bono Society supports and promotes legally-related volunteer work and education to the community, and runs a number of exciting projects, including StreetLaw; Amicus; Law Mentoring; and The Legal Clinic (assisted by esteemed City law firm Speechly Bircham) to mention a few. Involvement with the society is a great way to contribute to the community as well as looking great on your CV due to the skills gained in the process.