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    University of London offering qualifying law degrees recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    Based primarily in London, England, United Kingdom, the University of London is a federal mega university made up of 31 affiliates: 19 separate university institutions, and 12 research institutes. As such, the University of London is the largest university in the UK by number of full-time students, with 135,090 campus-based students and over 40,000 in the University of London External System (the Open University has more total students, but most of them are part-time).

    The university was first established by a Royal Charter in 1836, which brought together in federation London University (now University College London) and King's College (now King's College London), to establish today's federally-structured University of London.

    Graduates of the University of London may use the post-nominal letters 'Lond.' (Londiniensis) after their degree abbreviations.

    University of London: home


    The nine largest institutions of the federal university, usually termed the colleges, are Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, King's College London, the London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and University College London (UCL). It should be noted that Imperial College London left the University of London during celebrations of its own centenary on 9 July 2007.

    For most practical purposes, ranging from admission of students to negotiating funding from the government, the 19 constituent colleges are treated as individual universities. Legally speaking they are known as Recognised Bodies, with the authority to examine students and have the university award them degrees. Some colleges have recently obtained the power to award their own degrees and the University has amended its statutes to allow them to do so and yet remain in the university federation. For instance, beginning in the 2007/08 academic year, King's College London, the London School of Economics and the University College London began awarding their own degree certificates while retaining their constituent-college status within the University of London.

    The twelve institutes, or Listed Bodies, within the University of London offer courses leading to degrees that are both examined and awarded by the University of London. Additionally, twelve universities in England, several in Canada and many in other Commonwealth countries (notably in East Africa) began life as associate colleges of the university offering such degrees. By the 1970s almost all of these colleges had achieved independence from the University of London. An increasing number of overseas academic institutes offer courses to support students registered for the University of London External System's diplomas and degrees although no accredidation from London for these schools exists other than the final examinations administered by the University of London which all pupils take.

    Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)

    Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    School of Advanced Study, University of London

    The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

    The role of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is to conduct research; to promote and facilitate, within London and nationally and internationally, research and scholarship at an advanced level across the whole field of law; to disseminate the results of such research and scholarship; and to provide to all those undertaking research in law a library facility with up to date technology, that is international in character and standing.

    IALS is a postgraduate research institute with a core of researchers, research students and legal information professionals, but which draws its primary membership from academic researchers and postgraduate research students from other institutions throughout the UK, and which also provides services to researchers in the wider legal community. IALS is a member-institute of the School of Advanced Study in the University of London.

    IALS Library is a national and international resource for legal research and has over 278,000 volumes the majority of which are housed at the Institute site on Russell Square in Bloomsbury. The collections of foreign and international law are the most extensive in the UK and contain much unique material. The collections concentrate primarily on common law, civil law and Roman-Dutch law systems throughout the world and include material in western European languages for all jurisdictions for comparative and general reference purposes. IALS Library is a member of the University of London Research Library Services.

    IALS Library's primary function is to serve a national academic research community but it has other significant and diverse communities to which it provides services including the world's largest taught course master's degree programme, large numbers of subscribing practising lawyers, and a small community of researchers and PhD students at the Institute itself. The Library seeks to support law librarians in other universities and organisations to provide specialist library and information services in law, particularly in foreign, comparative and international law.

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    King's College London: School of Law

    Law at King's has enjoyed a tradition of excellence for over 175 years and is recognised globally as one of the UK's top four* law schools. Internationally renowned and research-led, our School scored the highest student satisfaction rating for Law within the Russell group, a group consisting of the top 20 British universities, in the 2008 National Student Survey. Open-door access to outstanding academics and practitioners plays a key role in our inclusive approach. Our strong connections with the world's leading legal firms and close proximity to the city, government and legal institutions provide exciting opportunities for you to learn and develop your career.

    As one of the UK's largest law schools it offers you the opportunity to study an incredibly varied range of subjects with internationally respected leading academics through to visiting lecturers from city law firms. With the heart of the British legal world right on your doorstep, you have a wealth of resources and benefits available to you. And if you are new to the UK you will find our induction programmes and pastoral care invaluable.

    *The Times Good University Guide 2009
    *The 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise international recognition ranking

    About the School of Law

    Our School enjoys a distinguished international reputation for sustained excellence particularly in commercial, financial and European law. King's is a member of the influential Russell Group, a group of leading research universities, and our graduates are respected and sought after throughout the world. Our world-renowned research centres have a strong interdisciplinary tradition, forging links within and outside the College, for example: War Studies for MA International Peace Studies; research with the Institute of Psychiatry.

    Awarded 5 out of a possible 5* in the teaching ratings by the UK Government's Higher Education Funding Council, our School was also voted the top UK university law department in terms of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2006.

    Educational links and associations that connect with other universities across the globe add to the stimulating, international environment and development of life-long career opportunities and friendships.

    Located on the Strand, close to both the city and the West End, our School is home to world-renowned research centres and units including: Centre of European Law; Centre of Medical Law and Ethics (CMLE); The Centre for Technology, Law, Ethics and Society (TELOS); International Centre for Prison Studies; Institute for Criminal Policy Research; Centre for Crime and Justice Studies; Child Studies Unit; Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution; British Institute of Human Rights.

    The School has a large Master of Laws (LLM) degree programme with an intake of around 300 students per annum. We also offer MAs and Graduate Diplomas in Child Studies; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Human Values & Contemporary Global Ethics; International Peace & Security; Medical Ethics & Law; EC Competition Law; Economics for Competition Law; EU Law; UK, US & EC Copyright Law and a Graduate Certificate in Sports Law.

    Graduate research opportunities leading to MPhil and PhD are founded on the School's tradition of research and academic publishing.

    Additionally around 650 undergraduates of the highest calibre join our programmes; many of which have a distinctly international appeal. They include the LLB with European Legal Studies, run in collaboration with the Universities of Heidelberg, Uppsala, Leuven, Leiden, Strasbourg and Ferrara; English with German Law, in collaboration with the Universities of Passau and Humboldt; and the unique programme, jointly with the Sorbonne, in English and French Law leading to the award of both an LLB and Maitrise en droit.

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    School of Law - King's College London
    Contacts at King's

    General enquiries
    Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7836 5454

    Postal address
    King's College London
    WC2R 2LS

    Studying at King's
    Request printed prospectus: Prospectus Request : About : King's College London
    Make a telephone enquiry 020 7848 7070 or email: [email protected]

    College Open Days:
    Web: Open days and study fairs :Open days front page :King's College London

    International students
    International marketing team
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3388
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 4261
    Email: [email protected]

    Incoming study abroad students
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 6522
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 6510
    Email: [email protected]

    Incoming ERASMUS/SOCRATES students
    Please contact the relevant King's department:

    Incoming Exchange students
    (from partner universities in Asia, Australia and North America)
    Email: [email protected]

    Incoming medical electives & visiting medical exchange students
    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 8151, fax: +44 (0)20 7848 6969
    Email: [email protected]
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