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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

  • "From lecturers to your fellow students, the University as a whole is so welcoming and you’re instantly immersed into all that it has to offer. "

    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!

  • "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, 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.

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • "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.

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