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Professional Law Institute

The Professional Law Institute (PLI) is the centre for practice-focussed legal education at The Dickson Poon School of Law. 

  • We teach a trailblazing postgraduate programme (MSc/PGDip Law & Professional Practice) which enables graduates without prior legal education to obtain a master’s degree designed for legal practice. 
  • Our collaboration with BARBRI for students studying on the MSc/PGDip Law & Professional Practice provides discounted access to the preparation courses for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.
  • Our Future of Legal Practice series explores new and emerging topics for professional development.
  • Our courses are taught by leading legal academics and experienced lawyers who have also worked extensively in legal education.
  • We collaborate closely with the King's Legal Clinic.

Please contact Michael Butler, the Director of the Professional Law Institute for further information. 



The Future of Legal Practice lecture series

The way law is being practiced is changing. Business needs are evolving rapidly. In a globalised and strongly competitive market, companies require creative and dedicated lawyers who know how to harness the law, their skillsets and, increasingly, technology, to make their business thrive.  

To respond to these changing demands, in 2019 the PLI launched a lecture series on 'The Future of Legal Practice.' The series attempts to answer questions such as:  what will our clients, now and in the next decades, require from us as (aspiring) legal professionals? How do legal professionals thrive and meet individual and systemic challenges in this ever-changing world?

Students, academics, practitioners and members of the public with an interest in the subject are invited to attend this lecture series.

Find out more and watch recordings of past lectures >>




Our team of legal academics and experienced lawyers who have also worked extensively in legal education.



The PLI is proud to be working with a number of partners for the delivery of our vision for Professional Legal Education at King’s.  These include:

    • The International Bar Association
    • BARBRI International
    • The Law Society
    • The Bar Council
    • Inns of Court College of Advocacy
  • Meridian West
  • O-Shaped 
  • IE University, Madrid
  • Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya, Advisor to the PLI on legal technology
  • Law and Technology Education Network - a network of academics across the UK established by the University of Oxford
  • Amanda Chaboryk, Head of Legal Data & Systems, PWC