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Law Inception Lecture 2016: From the Old City to the Old Bailey: An Unlikely Career Pursuing Justice in Unlikely Cases

Facts and figures

satisfaction for teaching (National Student Survey 2016)


  • 89% satisfaction for teaching (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Excellent staff/student ratio (15:1)
  • 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

Alumni and student stories

  • "There are so many subjects at SOAS! This means you are likely to find something that will keep you interested for the next few years."

    SOAS is a unique British university, as it adopts a global view, but specialises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: something it is very good at. This is evident in the passion and expertise of the teachers, the interests of the students and the many colourful exhibitions and cultural events regularly hosted here.

  • "SOAS, for me, means a total personal advancement, not merely vocational."

    I urge my prospective friends to inquire about the School of Law and SOAS in general as I feel confident that they might find themselves here soon.

  • "If I was to describe SOAS in one sentence it would be, ‘strong, ongoing, aspiring, successful’"

    SOAS has an excellent reputation and its specialisation in the study of the Middle East was one of the main reasons I decided to come here.

  • "SOAS has the cosmopolitan outlook which is indispensable today"

    From a personal experience, I can confirm that today’s employers become extremely impressed with you if you have a law degree from SOAS, as it provides you with the necessary intellect needed for today’s globalised world.

  • "A SOAS graduate is always unique, with a perception and knowledge some may say incomparable."

    Never, have I heard or seen the world so at peace, I mean only at SOAS will you see at one and the same time debates and events in support of both Israel and Palestine happening side by side harmoniously.

  • "At SOAS, you don’t just feel like a number helping to pad out a year group – you’re seen as an individual whose views and opinions matter."

    SOAS has a wonderful environment that encourages you to learn everywhere you go and from everyone you meet. There are always events and lectures taking place, covering social, cultural and academic interests. No matter how niche your interests may be, there is something for everyone to get involved with!

  • "From the day I arrived I have been telling people that London is the most diverse place I have ever lived"

    I would not have studied anywhere else in London. I’m considering coming back for a Masters!

  • "What was unexpected and my favourite part about studies at SOAS is that in my classes, I could more or less choose the direction in which my studies were going"

    One of my fondest memories of SOAS is the International Students Welcome ceremony where I met a few of my friends. Freshers’ Week overall was pretty fun and my classes are incredibly involving and interesting.

  • "My courses far exceeded my expectations – I felt like a kid in a candy shop! I looked forward to my lectures and devoured my readings."

    My time flew by in London. I made a lot of wonderful friends at SOAS, and we often attended the various events put on by the Student Union and student societies, which ranged from musical performances to debates to movie screenings.

  • "Simply put, I can't imagine a better study abroad experience than the one that SOAS provided."

    SOAS' location - in the heart of London, one of the world's great cities - made it a great base from which to explore surrounding areas. I spent much of my time, especially weekends, exploring London's diverse neighborhoods, its epic museums and delicious food markets.

  • "Be open and friendly, you will enjoy yourself."

    I enjoyed the availability of a diverse range of units – something that you might not be able to get anywhere else. Also, the knowledge of the lecturers, particularly Diamond Ashiagbor, was incredible. In seminars, you would just get the feeling that she knew everything she was talking about and could answer any question.

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