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Reasons to study

The School of Law's strong critical approach to legal and criminological issues has been recognised by REF2021, with the majority of our research publications deemed of world leading, or international, standing. We have a reputation for critical work on all aspects of law - from trade, through to intellectual property, human rights, private law, equalities law, immigration and social justice. Our approach to law attracts graduate students from a wide range of jurisdictions.

As a student within the Department, you will benefit from a busy programme of activities during term time, including reading groups, mock trials, lectures 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.

We work closely with Birkbeck Talent and the Careers Office in helping our graduates to network and secure work placements and places on mentoring schemes.

We are particularly interested in 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 studies of law.

Undergraduate courses

The department offers single LLB programmes, centred on law.

We have law programmes available for students who are looking to study either full or part-time. 

We also offer four-year degree programmes with foundation year for students who have been away from studies for some time, or who do not currently meet the requirements for direct entry.


  • These programmes:
    • familiarise you with the foundations of legal knowledge
    • enhance critical analysis and academic study skills
    • train in the foundations of legal reasoning
    • prepare you with professional careers and further study.
  • Browse our undergraduate law courses.

Postgraduate courses

There is a wide range of exciting professional law careers and our department's postgraduate courses provide students with the knowledge and expertise to thrive in the sector. 


  • These programmes:
    • encourage skills in critical thinking and analysis
    • enable specialisation and enhance intellectual confidence
    • prepare you for doctoral and higher-level studies
    • enhance career development.
  • Browse our postgraduate law courses.

Further information

Read our advice on which level of study is best for you.

See our full course list within the Department of Law.