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Impatient to learn the law that matters?

At Essex we teach the law that matters. We are freer, more daring and more experimental than many traditional law schools and our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader.

Our approach is global in outlook, based on justice, and reflects our commitment to providing a legal education and carrying out research that is relevant and responsive to the demands of a changing society.

We take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach so that your legal education is enriched by drawing on insights from other disciplines and legal traditions. Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world.

Many of our academics are also practitioners, so we recognise the importance of equipping you with the necessary skills to thrive in your future career. Our courses combine rigorous legal training with opportunities to develop practical expertise, preparing you to become an outstanding legal professional and giving you the skills and knowledge to be an agent for change, whatever your ambitions.

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We're ranked 72nd for Law in the THE World University Rankings (2022)
We're ranked 72nd for Law in the THE World University Rankings (2022)
Law and Human rights - Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
Ranked 28th in the UK for Law in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021)
Ranked in the top 250 for Law in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021)
85% of our law students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
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Our research

The School of Law has a global reputation for its research, particularly in the areas of commercial law, human rights law and practice, and public law. More than two-thirds of our research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the REF 2014.

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"Our School is an internationally diverse community of staff and students that pushes law to be responsive to society's needs. We understand the importance of knowing one's cause and being able to argue for it, of both hands-on experience and critical debate, and of interrogating and shaping the legal world around us."
Dr Matthew Stone HEad of School School of Law
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