Since the foundation of the LSE just over a century ago, the study of law has been an integral part of the School's mission. The Law Department is one of the largest in the School. Its special place in a school of social sciences has given legal studies in the Department a distinctive, interdisciplinary character. The Law Department has played a major role in policy debates and policy-making and in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world. It enjoys a uniquely cosmopolitan student body, and has deeply influenced legal education in most common law countries.
Staff and students in the Law Department come from all over the world, and bring to the Department an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research. This has always been the mission of the LSE Law Department. As an important vehicle for this approach to legal studies, members of the LSE were prominent among the founders of the Modern Law Review, a journal that quickly achieved an international and influential role at the forefront of legal scholarship.
Closely linked to this innovative approach has been the exploration of new fields of study. Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective at the LSE. These include banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession. These subjects, and many others, have since become central to the concerns of lawyers and researchers.
Equality and Diversity
The Law Department and the London School of Economics and Political Science are committed to widening participation and to providing help and assistance to students with special requirements. Across the School and within the Students' Union, there are many specialist advisers and organisations who can provide extra support to students during their time at LSE. Their expertise covers many areas including gender issues, sexual orientation, health and wellbeing, religion and belief, disability and issues affecting ethnic minorities. We seek to ensure people are treated equitably, supporting all students and staff in playing a full and active role in wider engagement with society.
See our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion web site.
The Law Department and the London School of Economics and Political Science values the racial, ethnic, nationality and cultural diversity of all our students, employees, governors, alumni and visitors. The Department and School believe in equal treatment and we are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and to the promotion of equality, opportunity and good race relations between persons of different racial backgrounds based on merit. We will not tolerate any form of racial discrimination.
If you require further information please contact Matt Rowley at departmental level on +44 (0)20 7955 7583 or the School Race Equality Office on +44 (0)20 7955 6866.
The Law Department and the London School of Economics and Political Science aim to ensure that individuals of whatever race, gender or degree of disability can have equal access to studying opportunities.
Provisions came into force in December 2005 to extend the definition of disability to include people suffering from mental illness, cancer, HIV or MS, and oblige the School to 'proactively' eliminate discrimination across all areas of the institution (i.e. the 'Public Sector Duty'). LSE must detail its work in this area in a 'Disability Scheme', and a start has been made on this by Jean Jameson.
Students with disabilities which may impact on their studies should contact the Adviser to Students with Disabilities and/or Dyslexia (Contact: Disability and Well-Being Service) in good time to negotiate reasonable adjustments which will set out in an Individual Student Support Agreement (ISSA). They must also agree to the extent to which this information will be shared within the School.
See also the Disability and Wellbeing Service.
London School of Economics
London, WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7688
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 0392
See People for a complete list of all faculty and staff in the Law Department.
See our Visiting fellows page for information about visiting opportunities within the Department.