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The School of Law at Birkbeck

Department of Law

The Department of Law at Birkbeck, part of the University of London, is a top 10 research institution in the UK and top 3 in London, producing research of the highest quality*. Founded in 1992, the department has grown from 3 members of academic staff to a body of 38 and an annual student intake of around 1000 students. Our reputation in the field of critical legal theory, philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to Law, attracts graduate students from a wide range of jurisdictions. As a student at the Department of Law you will benefit from a busy programme of activities during term time, including reading groups, mock trials and regular seminars. We have strong links with the legal profession, attracting academic visitors from leading law firms, chambers and prestigious law schools across the globe.*Times Higher Education 2014 Research Intensity rankings

Department of Criminology

The Department of Criminology at Birkbeck has a proud tradition of critical scholarship. We are committed to social and racial justice, with research based in real-world events and experiences: identities, communities, policy and practice. The department is home to world-leading academics whose research covers contemporary social problems, from prison abolition, migration and deportation and social welfare, to gendered violence, terrorism, organised crime and drugs. We contribute to these debates using different theoretical approaches including political economy, psychosocial approaches, feminist, critical race and queer theory.

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) is affiliated to the Department of Criminology and contributes to our teaching programmes. ICPR is a centre of world-class legal research and scholarship, undertaking academically-grounded, policy-oriented research on criminal justice. Led by principles of justice, fairness and human rights, ICPR is committed to bringing about improvements in criminal justice policy and practice.