Living in London
London is a truly global city. It is a thrilling and exciting place to live and study. It can, of course, for those arriving for the first time be a little overwhelming and so to ensure a smooth transition to life in London, LSE offers advice and support on questions such as visas and immigration, financing, part-time work, and, importantly, accommodation. These services are situated in the heart of the LSE campus in the new award winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which also contains student sports facilities, learning spaces, bars and cafes. Our accommodation office has over 4000 places across 20 locations in the heart of London. Thus, you will have access to a broad variety of student rooms that suit different preferences, needs and budgets at great locations mostly within walking distance of LSE, central London, and the West End with its theatres, bars and restaurants. Whatever your interests, London has something to offer you.
Intellectual Life at LSE
A unique feature of studying at LSE is the wide range of extracurricular talks and lectures offered to our students. Each term LSE puts together a packed programme of public lectures given by high-profile speakers, which are open to students, staff and the wider community. These speakers may be representatives of foreign governments, international organisations, the financial world, or other universities.
In addition, the Law Department hosts its own lecture programme as well as a range of evening seminars for students and staff. Many of these events are recorded and can be viewed on Youtube or listened to as a podcast. For more information click here.
A number of extra-curricular activities are organised by the student Law Society and the Department of Law itself, including but not limited to:
- Mooting is competitive legal argument about issues arising from a hypothetical legal case that takes place between two teams of lawyers in front of a mock court. Mooting develops the participants’ capacity in legal research, argument, writing and oral advocacy. LSE students take part in internal, national and international competitions. The department has a specially designed Moot Court Room where some of these competitions take place.
- Pro bono work is unpaid legal work undertaken for the public good. LSE students are involved in a variety of pro bono projects including the Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, various legal advice clinics, assistance to charities, and student-led legal projects.
- Cumberland Lodge, in the Great Park at Windsor, is the venue for an annual weekend away for staff and students. The purpose is to create an informal and friendly environment where issues related to the law can be discussed.
- The department holds formal events for students in each year of the LLB at one of the Inns of Court, culminating in a sit down dinner for final year students, allowing them to celebrate their successes with academic staff and their fellow students.
- A number of informal events allow staff and students to mix in a social environment, including a law themed movie night for first year students, and a pub quiz for second and third year students.
- The Law Society ball is held at the end of each Lent Term.
- The diversity of LSE’s student population is reflected in the wide array of LSE Student Union societies. There are over 170 societies with two of them specifically tailored to the needs and interests of LSE law students. The Bar Society helps students to develop their advocacy skills through regular mooting competitions, while the Law Society, a 750-member strong association, organises a packed programme of events for students throughout the year, culminating in the annual Law Ball.
Founded in 1896, a year after the foundation of LSE, the LSE Library is now the largest library for social science materials in the country. Today's library was recently redesigned by award winning architect Norman Foster. Its collections consist of over four million printed items and more than 60,000 e-journals. Our law collection is particularly rich in English, foreign and international law and supported by our extensive collections of UK government and intergovernmental publications. The LSE Library is conveniently located within a few minutes walking distance of LSE Law and is open from 8am to midnight during term times. In the library, you will find computer work stations, group study rooms, and quiet study zones.
LSE Language Centre
While at LSE, you will be able to use our language centre, which offers a support programme for non-native English speakers during their time at LSE. You can take advantage of a pre-term programme designed to help you improve your English for academic purposes, and in term support classes that allow you to develop your academic writing and communication skills as well as your exam writing skills. In addition, our students can choose from a wide variety of extracurricular foreign language courses offered at different levels of ability to suit those with background knowledge in a foreign language.
LLB students benefit from the academic mentor system in place at LSE Law. All students are allocated a member of staff who functions as a point of contact for questions regarding course choice, exam strategy, or generally the structure and operation of the LLB programme. In addition, in case of problems of a personal nature affecting your studies, LSE offers a number of support services which provide advice and assistance in the areas of: residential accommodation, financial advice, counselling, disability support, and healthcare. These services are generally free of charge for our students.