Undergraduate Law Student Information Guide
A SOAS Law degree is a passport to a wide range of careers. SOAS Law students are equipped with a sound knowledge of English law and, through SOAS' wealth of regional expertise, gain valuable insight into comparative and international law. Students can choose the LLB pathway or take a BA degree with Law and another subject, including a wide range of languages.
The specialist knowledge we offer at SOAS enables students to fine-tune their programme in light of their career ambitions. All students are expected to develop arrange of transferable skills, including critical judgement, problem solving and the ability to formulate sound written and oral arguments. Our degree courses offer students the analytical tools to understand, interpret and explain complex matters. As a result, SOAS Law students follow many professional paths (see Graduate Opportunities box below). They enter the legal profession in the UK and overseas, pursue careers in business, government and the third sector, or progress to postgraduate education all over the world.
The School of Law offers a qualifying law degree under the rules of the Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales. In addition to providing students with expert coverage of English law, the School also boasts an unrivalled concentration of specialists in the laws of Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries, with additional expertise in the areas of comparative law, human rights law, transnational commercial law, environmental law and international law.
Lecturers in the School are acknowledged experts in their fields, writing a number of the leading textbooks which you will use in your studies, and they remain at the forefront of fostering both professional and interdisciplinary study. In addition to the large variety of publications produced by individual members of staff, the School of Law leads and edits a number of influential academic publications including: The Journal of African Law, The Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, The Journal of Comparative Law, Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.
Staff also maintain close links with professional practice and have first-hand knowledge of the latest developments in business, government, non-government and international organisations. Each year, the School also attracts a number of world-renowned practitioners and scholars as research fellows or visiting instructors.
The School has long been recognised as a world-class centre for the study of and research into transnational, international and comparative law in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Today, its staff carry on that tradition in a new, globalised context and contribute to the development of the vital disciplines of law for the 21st century.
In addition to students from the UK, The School also attracts students from across the world (50 per cent of SOAS students come from overseas) and is home to a thriving research community, including the Centre for East Asian Law (CEAL), the Centre for Law and Conflict (CLC), the Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS), the Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC), the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL), and the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL). In every area, SOAS courses are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law that relate both to England and Wales and to the developing world, but also to an understanding as to how generic legal structures and processes may operate in both Western and non-Western social and cultural settings, with particular attention to the legal systems of the developing world.
The undergraduate body is a valued and critical component in the School‟s community of scholars. Much is expected from students, who are required to contribute to the life of the Department as active learners and participants. Students should expect to work some 40 hours each week during term. This includes attendance, participation and preparation for lectures, tutorials, seminars and moots. It will rarely be easy; but we believe requiring students to work hard in a rigorous but supportive environment is the best way to enable each of you to achieve your potential and get the most from your, and our, investment in your future.