The Dickson Poon School of Law

The Dickson Poon School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world; it was rated number one in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

​​​​​​​The School was established in 1831 and has played an integral role in the life of King’s since the university was formed almost 200 years ago. The School was named The Dickson Poon School of Law in 2012 following a generous donation made by Sir Dickson Poon FKC, which transformed the School’s research, teaching and international profile. 
Strand Campus Tour
King’s has been in service to society since its foundation and we are proud to continue that tradition to this day. Our research and teaching addresses some of the most pressing questions of our time relating to equality and human rights, the legal implications of climate change, globalisation, international relations, trade, competition and global finance, to name but a few.

Members of The Dickson Poon School of Law advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and are seconded to national and international organisations, helping to shape policy and practice nationally and internationally. Our undergraduate, postgraduate and
executive courses are informed by our research expertise, and we have a lively student community engaged in pro bono, professional development and mooting activities alongside their core studies.
In 2017 King’s launched its first pro bono initiative King’s Legal Clinic, which aims to improve access to justice through a range of activities including; providing free legal advice to members of the public through its Legal Advice Clinic; and working with local and international organisations on research and justice projects.

The School is based in the East Wing of Somerset House on King’s central London Strand Campus. We are in the heart of legal London with the Houses of Parliament, government departments, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and the offices of global law firms all within walking distance.
Welcome to King’s Legal Clinic
​​​​​​​The School and its staff have meaningful connections with these organisations as well as NGO’s, charities and other organisations. As a result, politicians, judges and legal practitioners often give public lectures, seminars and talks at King’s, all contributing to our community of scholarship and expertise.

​​​​​​​The School has a deep commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and holds an Athena SWAN award (Bronze).
 Strand Campus

Organisational structure

The Dickson Poon School of Law is led by the Executive Dean, supported by the Vice Deans, and Director of Administration. Further information on the Senior Leadership team can be found in the Meet our Executive Team page.

•    Professor Alexander Türk, Interim Executive Dean
•    Professor Davina Cooper, Interim Vice Dean for Research
•    Professor James Lee, Vice Dean for Education
•    Professor Alison Jones, Vice Dean for Academic Staffing
•    Professor Ann Mumford, Vice Dean for Students, Culture & Community
•    Dr Christoph Kletzer, Interim Vice Dean for International and External Relations.
•    Mrs Rabia Harrison, Director of Administration

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King’s College London

King’s College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-Faculty institution, providing high-quality education, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King’s is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.

King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 31st in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2021) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King’s has over 31,000 students from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21).

King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world. 

The Executive Team

  • Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal 
  • Professor Evelyn Welch, Senior Vice-President (Service, People & Planning)
  • Professor Mike Curtis, Senior Vice-President (Academic)
  • Professor Richard Trembath, Senior Vice-President (Health and Life Sciences) 
  • Stephen Large, Senior Vice President (Operations)
  • Professor Adam Fagan, Interim Vice President (Education)
  • Professor Reza Razavi, Vice President (Research)
  • Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President (Global Engagement)
  • Baroness Bull (Deborah Bull), Vice President (Communities & National Engagement)
  • Annie Kent, Vice President (Finance) / Chief Finance Officer 

King’s comprises nine faculties, each with an academic leader and professional services lead: Executive Dean of Faculty and Faculty Operating Officer or Director of Administration. Professional Services are provided in every Faculty as well as centrally to deliver support services for students and staff. 

Our faculties

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
  • Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
  • King’s Business School
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law