Experts in the field

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields with excellent international reputations in a vibrant academic environment.

Our teaching philosophy combines academic excellence with giving students the practical skills and experience they need to succeed in their career. For more than four decades our law courses have combined an international outlook with fostering deep links to the legal community and to the East London area, the most dynamic and exciting urban setting in Europe.

About us

Our undergraduate and postgraduate law courses provide legal education that relates legal knowledge to social context. They are an excellent preparation for legal practice or work in the legal field.

We give our students opportunities to volunteer at our Legal Advice Centre, joining local solicitors to support real people with real cases.

We have a chamber for moots and mock trials, and you'll benefit from our strong links with the legal profession, law firms and NGOs, who provide speakers to inform, inspire and provoke new thinking.

Speakers in recent years have ranged from Lord Neuberger, former president of the UK Supreme Court to Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician and President of the Central European University.

Our criminology department has excellent relationships with government departments and international bodies and has particular expertise in the fields of hate crime and the rise of the far right, cyber-crime and youth crime.

Our policing programmes offer new gateways into policing careers in courses that are fully accredited by the College of Policing.

Why choose us?

    99% of our research was rated as 'internationally recognised' in the most recent national research exercise (REF 2014).

    We have a strong focus on careers and employability. There are many opportunities to incorporate work experience into your programme. In addition, students can volunteer at our Legal Advice Centre, joining local solicitors in giving their time for free to support real people with real cases.

    All of our courses have a strong practical focus. Our qualifying LLB courses allow you and to obtain an additional diploma from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP). Our Criminology courses teach criminology in the context of current debates around crime and punishment and our policing courses are aimed at helping you to develop a career in professional policing.

    Our facilities

    All our programmes are taught in the centre of Stratford, with our law and criminology programmes delivered taught at our state-of-the-art University Square Campus.

    Our modern campus facilities are complete with extensive 24-hour library access, ultra-modern teaching hubs, tiered lecture theatres, seminar rooms, cafes and shops. To ensure our students get the best possible support, we've opened brand-new £3.1 million Student Support Hubs. These contain centralised help desks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The help desks provide a 'one-stop shop' for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters.

    The Legal Advice Centre

    The innovative UEL Legal Advice Centre is a learning facility for our students. You will have the opportunity to volunteer to work with our team offering legal advice to members of the public who are unable access legal aid. The Legal Advice Centre specialises in cases involving contract/consumer law, family law, landlord/tenant law and welfare rights. The Centre also has a special project in partnership with the Sycamore Trust to provide free legal advice to those affected with Autism.

    Our Legal Advice Centre provides excellent opportunities for our students to gain voluntary experience with external law firms and develop advocacy skills by participating in mooting and debating activities. This is a useful resource for our local community and an excellent way for you to gain invaluable legal experience handling real cases and helping real people.

    Mooting Room

     We have our own Mooting Room where you can participate in mock trials, mooting and debating. Our moots and debates are judged by external volunteers from the legal profession. In addition to this, students can also make use of available court rooms at Stratford Magistrates' Court.

    Location 

    Our location in Stratford is one of Europe's largest regeneration areas, with easy access to the Royal Courts of Justice, Docklands and the City. Our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

    It was fantastic - a really good course. My degree was essential in helping me to get a full-time job with the Met and I'd encourage anyone to volunteer in the community early on as it really backs up your theoretical learning.

    Besnik Vrapi

    BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate

    What we're researching

    At UEL you will be taught by active researchers who are working at the forefront of changes in law, criminology and policing. Our research philosophy is inter-disciplinary, drawing together different approaches to tackle major topical issues.

    Our criminology team includes world-renowned experts in areas such as hate crime and the far right, gang crime, organised crime, youth justice, victim support, and race, ethnicity and crime. The staff have links with major policing and crime institutions across the world, including the United Nations, the Home Office and NGOs in both local and international arenas.

    We also have an innovative Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit which coordinates our research in this important new area study and practice.

    Our law team has expertise in many areas including international law, human rights, financial technology regulation, public law, European social policy, world trade regulation, international business law, urban law and land rights, Islamic law and finance. Much of our research has an international orientation and an important relation to questions of social justice.

    Our experts have contributed to international agencies including UN Habitat, UNDP, the International Peace Institute, the World Bank and Minority Rights Group International.

    We also have a number of important research centres which support and coordinate our research, including:

    Our staff

    Our staff include legal practitioners, high profile scholars and academics and former law enforcement professionals. Whatever your interest, you'll enjoy a wide choice of options taught by expert staff.

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    Accreditation

    • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
    • Bar Standards Board (BSB)
    • National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP)
    • College of Policing

    Careers

    Studying law, criminology or policing sets you up for a vast amount of varied careers, both within the legal and police sector, and in related fields. That's why we offer a diverse range of courses as well as dedicated careers guidance for our students.

    Studying law

    Studying one of our qualifying law degrees will set you up for a career at the bar, but you could decide to use your legal knowledge to teach, work in charities, work for government organisations, champion human rights, work in environmental law, journalism, construction, finance, policy advice and a huge range of other related fields.

    Studying criminology

    Studying criminology or policing will put you on the path to a range of careers across the criminal justice sector and related fields. Graduates go on to work in the police, probation, social services, prisons, private security, community organisations, local government, charities, civil service, think tanks, journalism and academia.

    You will also develop highly sought-after transferable skills - including research, essay-writing, teamwork and communication - that will be attractive to employers in any field.

    Studying policing

    Studying our professional policing course will open pathways to careers in the police service and law enforcement and help you develop skills and knowledge essential to those careers.

    At UEL, you'll have access to:

    • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
    • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
    • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
    • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
    • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
    • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
    • Support with setting up your own business.

    Our location in one of Europe's largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

    Career coach

    Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. 

    Get information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector.

    Or, take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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    Our work

    Undergraduate courses

    LLB (Hons) Business Law

    Our LLB (Hons) Business Law brings that diverse expertise together to create a specialist degree that applies the letter of the law in a modern business context.

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    BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

    If you're interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies, our Criminology and Criminal Justice course is for you. As a criminology student you'll investigate the nature of crime and criminality, studying society's response through the criminal justice system.

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    BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

    On our popular combined Criminology and Psychology course we'll give you an expert insight into the causes and consequences of crime - and how it is dealt with by the criminal justice system.

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    Law Short Course

    The Introduction to Law Short Course allows mature learners without traditional qualifications to access UEL and study one of our LLBs.

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    LLB (Hons) Law

    Our LLB (Hons) Law course is a qualifying law degree, forming an essential part of the training you need to become a barrister or a solicitor.

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    LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

    Law with Criminology is a popular combination for anyone who wants to focus on law and also gain valuable insights into the causes and consequences of crime.

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    LLB (Hons) Law with International Relations

    Put an international perspective on your legal studies with this popular combination. As a qualifying law degree, it will still exempt you from the academic stage of qualifying as a solicitor or barrister.
    The law doesn't operate in isolation and in this course youll gain valuable insights into the global political context of the law as well as the social and cultural aspects of how the legal system functions.

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    BSc (Hons) Policing Top-Up

    This course is for existing police personnel with over three years of service (and out of their probation), and for those who have recently retired. It is a top-up final year, which recognises existing officers' training, knowledge, skills abilities and practice, leading to a BSc (Hons) Policing Studies degree.

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    BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

    On this course, you'll study these issues in the vibrant, multicultural setting of east London. You'll graduate with a degree that has vocational relevance, while putting no limit on your career options.

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    Postgraduate courses

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    Explore our Master of Laws (LLM)

    With multiple specialisations to choose from, you can study path that suits your career and interests.

    LLM Business and Financial Law

    This LLM pathway focuses your study on Business and Financial Law, introducing you to the contemporary legal and regulatory issues that govern international business and finance. You’ll study core modules that cover critical issues in the field, with the chance to choose from an extensive list of additional optional modules that address themes like the World Trade Organisation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Banking Law.

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    LLM Energy and Natural Resources

    This distinctive master’s course examines upstream and downstream regulatory trends in oil, gas and minerals in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, placing this in the context of the broader economic, technological and environmental and sustainability issues that have an impact on the industry.

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    LLM FinTech Law

    This specialised LLM will equip you with expert knowledge in Financial Technology (FinTech) law and regulation. Recent developments in FinTech are having an increasing effect on the way individuals, businesses and governments save, borrow, spend and invest. This Masters will introduce key alternative finance products and services such as mobile payments, crowdfunding, cryptoassets, private digital currencies, stablecoins, decentralized finance and the approaches to central bank digital currencies.

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    LLM General

    Since law is a vast and diverse subject, we offer a huge amount of flexibility in this general LLM programme.

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    LLM Human Rights Advocacy

    This LLM pathway is a unique course that allows you to specialise in human rights from a highly practical perspective; the focus on advocacy translates into valuable clinical skills that enable you to put your knowledge of human rights law into practice. You’ll study the core principles of human rights advocacy, rooted in knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights, developing expertise in an increasingly vital area of law that has implications for individuals throughout the world facing discrimination and persecution.

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    LLM International Law and Legal Practice

    This LLM pathway combines specialist study of international law, with valuable practical training in advocacy, legal practice and litigation skills. You’ll be taught fundamental topics in international law at the cutting-edge of current research, while simultaneously developing the necessary legal skills to apply your knowledge in a clinical context. You’ll also have the chance to diversify your training through extensive module options.

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    LLM Transitional Justice and Conflict

    This pathway connects research in law, social science and contemporary politics to provide you with a solid grounding in international human rights and international humanitarian law. You’ll focus on responses to violations of these legal regimes through transitional justice and international criminal justice. You will learn how these issues are addressed in the context of conflict-affected countries, where human rights and international law violations often arise.

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