Our Head of Department says:
We are a vibrant and unique School of Law in the heart of London. Each year I am contacted by students who discover us too late so I hope you are reading this in plenty of time.
As I write, we have not long ago celebrated graduation with students and their loved ones. A SOAS graduation ceremony is definitely unlike any other. It was also wonderful to celebrate with our undergraduate prize winners a week earlier at a reception in their honour. We are now looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students in September.
Our teaching programme reflects the research strengths of the SOAS School of Law academic staff in the laws of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and in Islamic Law, International Law, International Human Rights Law, International and Comparative Commercial Law and Environmental Law. At the heart of much of our research is a critical study of law that is attentive to the ways in which law can be used to empower or marginalise, can improve or worsen the material conditions of life, as it can have an uneven impact in accordance with the distribution of economic and political power. Our research of Law is often deeply entwined with a study of the society in which it operates and underpinned by theoretical inquiry. We are often conscious of the long shadow of colonialism in today’s world, including its laws.
Our LLB programmes are unique in offering the opportunity to study all the areas of Law required for professional purposes in the UK alongside the opportunity to choose from ‘a stand-out list of elective modules’, to quote one of our current students. Our LLM and MA students choose from a large array of interesting modules. Our doctoral researchers on the PhD programme pursue research on themes that are closely allied to those of the Law School academic staff.
Being at the SOAS School of Law also means being at SOAS, with its huge programme of public talks, seminars, films, concerts and exhibitions from which many past students have met and learnt of the world, including the worlds from which they have come.
SOAS students and alumni are some of the very best and I hope that you will be interested in joining us.