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School of Law

Key facts

  • LLB (QLD), BA (joint honours), LLM, MA & research degrees
  • unique focus on both the developed and developing world
  • research and teaching strengths in comparative, regional, international & global law

School of Law in UK top 5 for proportion of publications judged to be 'world-leading'

18 December 2014: the School was also graded in the top 20 nationally for its research environment. Find out more...

Our strengths

Facts and figures

  • We are introducing student exchange programmes with leading universities in the US and China
  • We achieve one of the highest percentages of training contracts with Magic Circle Law firms awarded to UK Law Schools
  • 91% satisfaction for teaching (National Student Survey 2012/13): 96% of law students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things and 91% said their course was ‘intellectually stimulating’
  • Excellent staff/student ratio
  • Ranked 10th in UK (Guardian University Guide 2015)
  • Thriving research culture with a packed schedule of seminars and conferences across our research centres and specialisms
  • Close links with the internationally-renowned Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and the Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University
  • Each year a number of distinguished Lawyers join SOAS as Research Fellows

Banyan pro bono advocacy

Banyan advocates
Postgraduate law students from SOAS have set up advocacy networks to offer pro bono legal and policy research for groups such as civil society agencies, law firms and development organisations. More about Banyan...

Undergraduate student profile

Postgraduate student profile

Contact the School of Law

For Undergraduate or Postgraduate enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4403

Email: lawstudentsupport@soas.ac.uk

Our Head of School says:

Paul Kohler, Head of SOAS School of Law

We offer a truly international experience, with students from every continent studying English Law alongside Comparative, Regional and International Law. Many of us are experienced advisors to governments, international organisations and NGOs and have professional experience as qualified lawyers and members of regulatory bodies.

SOAS law graduates are highly sought after by some of the world's leading Law firms and NGOs such as Amnesty International, governments and international bodies such as the UN. Our School of Law attracts students who want to make a difference, in the Law or beyond, on the local, national or international stage. That's why our alumni include lawyers, judges, politicians, businessmen and women and activists throughout the world.

I'd love you to join us in that adventure; the competition is tough, but that's because there is no Law School in the world quite like ours.

Paul Kohler

Work experience in Camden

London street scene

School of Law teams up with Camden Community Law Centre (CCLC) to offer Law students voluntary work experience advising in areas of law crucial to the most vulnerable people of Camden, including housing, immigration, employment, welfare rights and debt. Read more about the partnership with CCLC...

Our publications

We produce the Journal of African Law, the Journal of Comparative Law and the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law; together with the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC), we produce the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD Journal)

We have produced two major books from the WG Hart conference: Comparative Law in the 21st Century and Comparative Law in Global Perspective, a volume of essays deriving from a series of lectures celebrating the Department's fiftieth anniversary. Comparative Law in Global Perspective offers perspectives on crucial contemporary issues such as economic development, the persistence of customary law, "offshore" jurisdictions, family law and succession, land tenure, the forging of national constitutions, human rights violations, and the treatment of ethnic minorities.

SOAS, Professor of Criminal Law Kevin Heller co-edited the recently published The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials (OUP  October 2013), a pdf of which is available for free open access at the OAPEN Library platform. Watch him discuss the ideas behind the book and its most interesting outcomes.

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Law Webinar for Postgraduate Students

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