Department Profile: Law
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck has been part of the University of London since 1920. The college combines high-quality research culture with courses specifically designed for students who have diverse backgrounds, activities and interests.
Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. A global elite, top 150 institution, we encourage applications from students without traditional qualifications. Nearly 18,000 students studied at Birkbeck in 2010-2011 (4,683 undergraduates, 5,075 postgraduates, and 8,064 certificate students).
The Law School
Founded in 1992, Birkbeck School of Law is the youngest of the law schools in the University of London system, but already enjoys a solid reputation for research in the fields of critical legal theory and philosophy as well as socio-legal approaches to law.
The School has the stable and dedicated support of 30 full-time academic staff and an administrative team of 13, including an academic support officer who provides dedicated learning and pastoral support for Law students. Of our academic staff, a third are readers and professors in recognition of their standing as foremost researchers in their fields. We have a healthy research culture with well-known academics such as Professor Costas Douzinas (Human Rights) and Professor Matthew Weait (HIV and the Law) alongside many established and early career researchers. We are also linked with the Institute for Criminal Policy Research.
The results of staff commitment to Birkbeck’s academic mission are apparent in the successes of our students. Our Qualifying Law Degree students are active participants in local and national mooting, mock trial and criminal advocacy competitions across the academic year. Our students also put their skills to practice by volunteering in the River House Law Clinic for people living with HIV.
The School of Law also boasts its own student led law journal, the Birkbeck Law Review. Students have the opportunity to be published alongside other students and academic staff.
Our postgraduate portfolio of degrees comprises nine programmes at Master’s level, including our flagship programmes in Human Rights and International Economic Law, Justice and Development. Birkbeck is distinguished from other law schools also by its triple-track qualifying law degree, which enables students to study the academic stage of the legal profession over a period of two, three or four years.
Three LL.M. programs are offered as “intensive” programs, which means they are delivered over four weeks: two weeks in April and two weeks in June/July.
Birkbeck School of Law will offer the following postgraduate courses in 2013-14:
LL.M. in Constitutional Law, Theory & Politics
LL.M. / MA in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
LL.M. / MA in Human Rights
LL.M. / MA in Human Rights (Intensive)
LL.M. in International Economic Law, Justice and Development
LL.M. in International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive)
LL.M. in Law, Democracy and Human Welfare: Global Perspectives (Intensive)
LL.M. Qualifying Law Degree
LLM students are eligible to apply for a Master’s scholarship which covers the Home/EU fees. International students are welcome to apply but if successful they will need to cover the difference in fees.
- Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory
- Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
- Human Rights
- Human Rights (intensive)
- International Economic Law (intensive)
- International Economic Law, Justice and Development
- Law (General)
- Law, Democracy and Human Welfare (Global Perspectives)
- Qualifying Law
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