Royal Holloway is establishing a law school, and aims to recruit 50 LLB students in 2015.
The college, part of the University of London, already has criminology and sociology departments and its business school will exist within the same faculty as the law school. The first intake will consist of around 50 students, with the university not looking to drastically increase those numbers in the near future.
Law school head Rosie Meek explained that the new school would draw on Royal Holloway’s existing expertise in several areas and that staff with experience of teaching criminology, business and social justice would be involved in the programme, with certain shared modules available to both law students and those on other degrees.
“It seemed like the next logical step for us,” commented Meek. “People kept asking us when we were going to launch an LLB: it was an obvious gap.
Royal Holloway has a pre-existing law society, populated by non-law students, and a law forum at which alumni now working in the legal profession and guest-speakers talk to students.
New staff members will include barrister and University of Bedfordshire professor Jonathan Black-Branch, who will take on the role of programme director.
The University of Roehampton has also recently established a law school, which will recruit its first LLB students for a 2015 start.