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Why study at Birkbeck School of Law?

What makes the School of Law at Birkbeck unique is our innovative research-led teaching model and commitment to Critical Legal Thinking.

Record numbers of full-time undergraduate students are now choosing to study at Birkbeck and here are the reasons why:

Evening study - shape your future during the day

  • All our teaching takes place in the evening between 6-9pm, allowing you to have your daytimes free to gain meaningful work experience whilst studying for a prestigious University of London degree in the evening.

We offer courses at all level

  • We offer a range of courses, from certificates and short courses, to undergraduate study and postgraduate study, right up to MPhil/PhD level. You can join us at whatever level suits you.

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 staff are experts

  • Our academic staff are recognised as experts in their fields and approach Law and Criminology in an innovative way, introducing students to a vibrant research culture.
  • We are particularly interested in theoretically informed and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of Law and Criminology with a special interest in introducing the scholarly values and methods of the social sciences and humanities into the studies of law and criminiology.

Prestigious University of London Degree

  • We are proud of being one of the global elite universities, and part of the University of London.
  • As well as our students graduating with University of London degree, they also have access to all UoL facilities and free membership to Student Central, the UoL student organsiation.

Birkbeck Talent: careers and employability

  • Birkbeck Talent is our in-house professional recruitment service aimed exclusively at assisting Birkbeck students, during and after their studies, to gain relevant work experience that will give them a further advantage in an increasingly competitive jobs market.
  • The Birkbeck Careers and Employability Service provide comprehensive careers, recruitment and employability advice, events and information services for our students, both online and face-to-face.

A campus at the heart of London

  • Our city centre campus is in Bloomsbury WC1, a lively student-centred place that's home to a number of universities and other colleges of the University of London.
  • Everything London has to offer is on our doorstep; we are near Chinatown, Soho and Covent Garden and some of the world's best art galleries and museums, theatres, music venues, shops, bars and restaurants.
  • Most of our teaching takes place at our main campus in Bloomsbury but we also offer some programmes at University Square Stratford. Our state-of-the-art Stratford campus offers excellent facilities and support services.

You may be eligible for financial support

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.

Research excellence

Building your social and professional networks

  • The reasons people choose to study in the evening are as individual as the people you will sit next to in class. They bring varied experiences into their studies and share them with fellow students. With us you’ll not only learn the theory, but will also discuss how that theory relates to the workplace and the wider world.
  • As well as learning about the professional world from other students, you can get help from Birkbeck alumni. Our graduates often say that Birkbeck changed their life, so they are passionate about us, and enjoy sharing their professional expertise with current students.

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