European Legal Studies LLB Honours
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|International Baccalaureate||30 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.|
This course provides you with the foundation subjects required to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree along with the opportunity to spend a year of study in one of our partner universities in Europe, gaining knowledge of other legal systems, experiencing another legal culture, enhancing your European language skills and developing international links.
A law degree is seen as a valuable asset by a variety of employers, as is knowledge of another European legal system and another European legal language. This course will prepare you for a range of legal careers including practice as a barrister or advocate, solicitor, clerk, ofﬁcer of the court or legal executive. Our graduates also pursue careers in legal interpreting, the Civil Service, international organisations, NGOs and local government.
When you apply you will need to demonstrate an aptitude for European language study, but this need not necessarily take the form of a formal qualiﬁcation. Depending on your language skills, while abroad you may study in English or in another European language. Student mobility takes place under the Erasmus+ scheme.
Alongside the foundation Law modules necessary for a Qualifying Law Degree, you will study a European language in Year 1 and 2 (Credit Levels 4 and 5) to prepare for study in another European country. In Year 2 you will also study a specialist module on Civil Law and Legal Systems, to gain an understanding of civil laws in view of the year abroad.
You will then spend ten months studying law at one of our partner universities in the EU, which offer a wide range of law courses, including some taught in English. We have partner institutions in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. On successful completion of your year abroad you will return to Westminster in Year 4 to complete your studies.
Teaching methods lectures, seminar-based discussion, class presentations, invited guest speakers and practical group exercises.
Assessment methods include open and closed book exams, in-class tests, oral presentations, and written coursework.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- European Language
- Legal Skills and Process
- Public Law
- Tort Law
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Civil Law and Legal Systems
- Equity and Trusts
- EU Law
- European Language
- Legal Profession and Legal Services
- Land Law
Year 3: (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Advanced Criminal Law
- Clinical Legal Practice
- Commercial Law
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Criminal Procedure and Evidence
- Disability Law
- Dissertation in European Legal Studies
- Employment Law
- Entertainment Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law and Family Justice
- Human Rights in the UK
- International Law and Global Justice
- Law of Intellectual Property
- Law of International Trade
- Media Law
- New Legal Thinking, Theory, Philosophy and Justice
- Religion, Law and Society
As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 6. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
This course is a Qualifying Law Degree and graduates who wish to become barristers or solicitors are granted exemption by the professional bodies.
Julia Chryssostalis, Course leader
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.
Westminster Law School students can currently apply for a place on one of the following:
- Career development mentoring scheme – this enables students to be mentored by solicitors and barristers.
- Undergraduate ethnic minority scheme – for students from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. This scheme is part of the National Mentoring Consortium and aims to promote equality and diversity in graduate recruitment.
By taking part in our schemes, you will have a fantastic opportunity to develop communication and team-working skills and make contacts with professionals in the legal sector.
Some of the employers participating in the scheme who have mentored Law students in recent years include:
- The BBC
- Hodge Jones and Allen
- Kennedys Law
- Barclays Bank
- Enyo Law
- Mischon de Reya
- Cobalt Music
- Berwin Leighton Paisner
- Government Legal Service
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Ministry of Justice
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Wolseley UK (legal counsel)
92% of our graduates go on to work or further study within six months, according to Unistats. Successful alumni have had very successful careers as barristers and advocates, solicitors, clerks and officers of court, legal executives and paralegals. They have gone on to work for some of the UK’s leading legal services providers including Allen & Overy, Baker & Mackenzie, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Addleshaw Goddard, Hodge Jones & Allen, Weightmans and Ropes & Gray. Our graduates also pursue careers in accountancy, the Civil Service, education and government.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
As part of its exchange offerings Westminster is also an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme which is supported by the European Commission. This degree has Erasmus+ exchange partners and you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards living expenses whilst on exchange. For further details visit the Student exchange section.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Social Sciences and Humanities
We offer an exciting breadth of activity across the Social Sciences, Law and the Arts and Humanities. We are one of the country's biggest providers of Modern and Applied Language tuition.