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About Us

The School of Law at Birkbeck

The School of Law, Birkbeck houses a large and expanding community. Founded in 1992, the School has grown from 3 members of academic staff to a body of over 30 and a student intake of more than 1000 across two departments - Law and Criminology.  The School of Law also houses the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) which conducts academically-grounded, policy-oriented research on all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Outstanding research

Research at the School of Law centres on critical legal theory, philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to Law and Criminology. In the latest Research Excellence Framework we were ranked in the top 10 for research intensity in the UK and top 3 in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality*.

Our academic staff

Our academic staff are widely recognised as foremost researchers in their fields and play a prominent role in public affairs in the UK, Europe and internationally.

We have strong links with the legal profession, attracting academic visitors from leading law firms, chambers and prestigious law schools across the globe.

Academic and teaching staff support students and activities within the school - there is also a dedicated Learning Development Tutor to support students in their studies.


Staff and members of the public can enjoy a dynamic programme of events, including the Annual Patrick McAuslan Lecture and the annual Law on Trial week of lectures and workshops.


We offer both Law LLB and Criminology BSc courses, available to students in both full and part-time formats. Students have the opportunity to study a wide range of exciting and challenging option modules to complement the core module structure.

Our reputation in the field of critical legal theory, philosophy, and socio-legal approaches to Law and Criminology, attracts graduate students from a wide range of jurisdictions.

Our postgraduate portfolio of degrees distinguishes us from other law schools, including our flagship programmes in Human Rights and International Economic Law, Justice and Development, the intensive LLM/MA Courses and the LLM QLD.

Students also benefit from a busy programme of activities during term time, including reading groups, mock trials, the annual PhD conference, and regular seminars.

*Times Higher Education 2014 Research Intensity rankings