Becoming a law academic

Inspire the next generation of legal professionals and be at the forefront of legal research.

If you enjoy the public speaking, teaching and research aspects of the legal profession, a career path as a law academic could be for you.

Law academics teach at universities and other education institutions, helping to develop and inspire the next generation of lawyers and legal professionals.

When law academics aren’t teaching, they conduct and publish research in their preferred areas of law and legal studies, usually with a large amount of academic freedom to pursue their own interests.

Industry experience

Many law academics worked in the legal industry prior to becoming academics. This can be beneficial as it provides useful insight into the day-to-day realities of the industry and how cases operate.

Law academics do not generally engage in client-facing work and do not need to account for billing or time scheduling, providing more flexibility during work hours.

However, there is an expectation to regularly produce high-quality research that informs your teachings. Thus a high degree of self-discipline is necessary.

Postgraduate study

To become a law academic, you will likely need a postgraduate qualification at masters and/or doctorate level.
We offer a range of postgraduate programmes that will prepare you for the legal academic world:

Job options

There are a range of roles available in the legal academic field, at both the teaching and management level. Some roles might include:

  • Lecturer
  • Tutor
  • Researcher
  • Dean or department head

Research centres

Our school is home to a number of renowned research centres. Find out more here.

Academic staff specialisations

Our school boasts a wide roster of academic staff members, many of whom are international leaders in their field.

Staff are available to supervise LLM or PhD dissertations or theses in their area of expertise. They also teach on the LLM, MLS and MTaxS programmes throughout the year.

To access our academic research clusters and find out what areas of research academic staff are currently working on, visit our research areas page

To browse our list of academic staff members and their preferred areas of research supervision, view our Academic staff specialisations page.