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Twenty-fifth anniversary of the School of Law

The School of Law at Birkbeck was founded in 1992 as a Department of Law with three members of academic staff. Over the last 25 years it has become a School comprising the Departments of Law and Criminology as well as the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, four research Centres, 40 members of staff and an overall student body of over 1000.

The School is proud of being a pioneer in establishing and developing a hub for the field of critical legal studies. While our national and international reputation has been forged through critical legal research, more recently we have gained recognition for critical criminological and activist research, socio-legal scholarship and policy-engaged empirical research. In recognition of this the last Research Excellence Framework exercise ranked us as being in the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

In this our 25th anniversary year we will be holding a series of events reflecting on our history and successes as well as looking forward to the opportunities and challenges facing critical legal and criminological teaching and scholarship in the 21st century.

Past, Present, Future Critical Legal Postgraduate Research

On Friday 11 May-Saturday 12 May we will be hosting a conference to celebrate the achievements of our past and doctorate students. This event is free and open to the public; however, booking is required.

Instituting Archives

On Friday 1 June 2018 we will be hosting a one day symposium exploring the relationship between archives and the file in relation to law and istitutions. This event is free and open to the public however booking is required.

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