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The Dickson Poon School of Law


The Dickson Poon School of Law is well-placed to strengthen King's position as a civic university at the heart of London.

The School of Law seeks to consolidate strong existing local partnerships while developing new relationships in untapped areas, developing outreach activities to further engage with King's home boroughs and restructuring and realigning existing learning and research activities across London.

Key London priorities for the faculty:

  • To extend the scale and reach of King's Legal Clinic.
  • To support and widen involvement in prisoner rehabilitation projects across London.
  • To develop and enhance widening participation activity among adult learners in London and beyond.

Current initiatives include:

  • King's Legal Clinic is a free to use advice-only legal service. Students, working under the supervision of a qualified lawyer, interview clients, analyse their problem, research the issues and send them a written letter of advice. Students are supervised throughout by a qualified lawyer ensuring that clients are assured that the advice they receive will be to the same standard as it would be if they had paid for that advice.

  • The Dickson Poon School of Law also offers free community mediation through the King’s Mediation Project; a collaboration between King's Legal Clinic and KCL Pro Bono Society.

  • The Dickson Poon School of Law continues to develop connections with the London-based legal practice industry by entering into educational partnerships, such as the Executive LLM programme for professionals, developed in partnership with the International Bar Association.

  • Faculty members are dedicated to engagement with London stakeholders outside of their academic work, including work with Parliamentary select committees (Professor Robert Blackburn QC); work with NGOs (Executive Dean Ben Bowling, Stopwatch; Dr Eva Pils, Lawyers Without Borders); and holding joint appointments in addition to their academic posts (Professor Alison Jones, solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Professor Aileen McColgan, barrister at Matrix Chambers).

  • The School is integrating the teaching of three core London themes: Living in London (2019/20) and previously Diversity in London (2017/18) and Business in London (2018/19). Each year, staff and students undertake projects as part of the theme and showcase related research, teaching, service and international activity.

  • Students from The Dickson Poon School of Law are mentoring ex-offenders as they develop and launch their own businesses. Run in partnership with the Resume Foundation in Peckham, Project ReMAKE supports former prisoners as they rebuild their lives.

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