Why Kingston Law School?
Located in the happiest borough in London
Kingston is the happiest place to live in London, according to a recent Rightmove survey, Kingston Law School’s location is often cited by students and graduates as one of the highlights of their time with us. Find out more about our Kingston Hill campus and the Kingston area.
Kingston University has the lowest student-relevant crime rate in London according to the Complete University Guide. Compiled from official police data, the ranking strengthens our reputation as the safest place to study in London.
Our Learning Resource Centre holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historical legal materials. The law collection comprises both primary and secondary materials including texts, journals, law reports and legislation. The online catalog (iCat) and specialist legal databases such as Lexis Library and Westlaw provide online access to many of these legal information sources both on and off campus. StudySpace, our state-of-the-art online learning tool, provides access to course materials such as lecture notes and audio-visual lectures and tutorials and additional material uploaded by lecturers. Our student intranet provides access to everything you need to know about student life at Kingston Law School. We have a dedicated Moot Court Room and plenty of social spaces within the campus.
The excellent quality of our teaching
Our reputation for high quality teaching is verified by government agencies and professional bodies. Kingston Law School is the only Law School in the country with two National Teaching Fellowship awards for Ms Vera Bermingham and Dr Nicola Rees. Many members of our teaching staff are active in professional legal practice or are legal scholars whose research puts them at the forefront of legal learning. Several members of the judiciary and leading legal practitioners are visiting professors and fellows. Our Business and Law Academic Skills Centre helps students with and advises them on coursework.
World class research
The strong research culture in Kingston Law School underpins our high-quality teaching. Half of our research is classed as ‘nationally recognised’ in terms of originality, significance and rigour and 45 per cent is classed as ‘internationally recognised’ or higher by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) which seeks to assess the quality of research in universities. Find out more about our RAE results and our research centres and groups. In addition, we run fortnightly research seminars where academic staff exchange ideas and research findings, test research papers and receive feedback. These seminars are open to students and external attendees.
Close links with industry
Through our alumni, the prestigious recipients of our honorary doctorates, visiting professors and guest speaker events at our student Law Society, we have well-established links with many firms and individuals throughout the legal profession. Local and countrywide law firms and legal publishers sponsor our competitions, research and student prizes. We also run events in association with the financial services partnership, KPMG. Our Business Services bring the Law School into professional contact with many other businesses and industries outside of law.
Competitions – enhancing your skills
We offer huge opportunities to students to develop their practical legal skills and make them stand out in the job market. We encourage students to take part in in-house, national and international competitions in client interviewing, mediation and mooting. And we achieve a considerable amount of success in these competitions. Our Quest scheme gives special awards on graduation to Kingston Law School students who take on extra activities and responsibilities during their degree programme to enhance their career opportunities.
Equipping our students with employment skills
Kingston Law School students can take advantage of our Careers and Employability services, improving their CVs and interviewing techniques and networking with leading lawfirms through our programme of research seminars which are open to external speakers and attendees.
Explore the world from Kingston
Kingston University has staff and students from 151 different countries, making for an even more dynamic educational experience. Client interviewing teams from The Law School have represented England and Wales in international client interviewing competitions. The Students’ Union offers trips abroad for students.
The bursaries and financial support we give
Kingston Law School offers a number of bursaries to help full-time postgraduate students with paying fees.
It’s not all study: our societies and clubs
Kingston Law Society, which is run by students for students, hosts special guest speakers and networking events. The Students’ Union has more than 60 societies providing a great way to make new friends and develop skills to enhance your CV.
Excellent sports facilities
We have excellent sports facilities with a fully-equipped fitness centre, in the centre of Kingston. Our sports ground includes football and rugby pitches, netball and tennis courts, cricket squares and floodlit training areas. In addition we have numerous sports clubs and a wealth of free recreational sports activities such as five-a-side football, netball, table tennis, badminton lessons and golf lessons. Our Sports Performance Programme helps talented sports people who are studying at the University.
After you graduate
If you choose to study at Kingston Law School, your connection with us does not have to end the moment you graduate. The University’s Alumni Association, which has more than 17,000 members, grants you lifelong membership, enabling you to keep in touch with your student contemporaries, network with other former students and enjoy numerous other services and benefits. See what our graduates have to say about how studying at the Law School set them on the road to success.
See what our students say
Don’t just take our word for it: see what our students have to say about life and studying at Kingston Law School.