Why should I choose Birkbeck?
Every year, more than 750 students choose to study with us, because:
Our evening study allows you to do more
- All of our courses, both part-time and full-time, are taught in the evening, between 6pm and 9pm.
- Our Law School office is open until teaching starts at 6pm.
- Our term dates follow those of most universities and the academic year generally runs from October through until July
We are a unique institution
- Birkbeck is part of the University of London. We combine a high-quality research culture with courses specifically designed for students who have diverse backgrounds, activities and interests. The interaction between such a range of students means you can learn as much from each other as you do from our lecturers.
Our staff are experts
- Our academic staff are recognised experts in their fields and approach law in an innovative way within a vibrant research culture.
- We are particularly interested in theoretically informed and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of law with a special interest in introducing the scholarly values and methods of the social sciences and humanities into the study of law.
We provide the support you need
- In addition to lectures and seminars, we will allocate you a personal tutor who can provide you with one-to-one advice throughout the course of your degree.
- We have an academic support officer who offers tutorials and Saturday workshops to support those students who would like to improve their study skills.
- If you have a recognised disability or dyslexia, you can get support from our disability experts. Check out our full range of disability and dyslexia support.
- You will be able to use Birkbeck's wide range of student support and services while you are here. Our student support and services include English language and study skills support.
- The Birkbeck Students' Union represents student interests and provides welfare and educational support and counselling.
You can get access to world-class libraries
- We are located in Bloomsbury in the centre of London and surrounded by many other University of London colleges and libraries. As a student here, you will have access to the College library and the University of London Library at Senate House, both of which are a short walk from the Law School. The British Library is just a short distance away.
Our courses offer high-quality research-led teaching
- Since our foundation, we have achieved an enviable reputation as a centre of innovative scholarship, teaching and learning.
- Our general teaching strategy is to ensure that, as far as is practicable, staff should be able to teach to their research. This ensures that our students are introduced to cutting-edge debates about the subjects they study by teachers who are making a significant contribution to the field.
Our courses will help you in the future
- We aim to provide an education in law that is critical, questioning and creative for students from all backgrounds.
- We seek to produce graduates who not only have knowledge of the relevant skills, rules and principles of law but are equally aware of the social, political, economic, philosophical and ideological aspects of the legal art.
Career opportunities and progression
- Whether Birkbeck graduates go on to practise law, research, teach, or even enter into different areas of work, we believe the training they receive will enable them to make the most of their opportunities and achieve the results that they desire.
Our mooting team and events
- As a student at Birkbeck, you will be encouraged to take part in mooting events. We have developed a large pool of enthusiastic mooters who entered seven competitions in the 08/09 academic year, winning all of them and being praised for driving up the standard generally.
- Mooting training is given by Birkbeck graduates who are experienced barristers.
Our central London location is easy to get to
- Wherever you live or work in London, you’ll find it easy to get to us. Birkbeck is surrounded by tube and mainline rail stations, including Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, Euston and King’s Cross. Many bus routes pass down nearby Gower Street or go via Russell Square.
- You’ll find an extensive network of cycle routes leading to Birkbeck, plus ample parking facilities around the College for bicycles.
- See our interactive map of Birkbeck and the surrounding area.
- Use Transport for London's Journey Planner to plan your route.