European Legal Studies LLB Honours

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UCAS code: M125 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Our 2016 undergraduate courses feature some exciting new changes based on student feedback, which include providing more opportunities for you to broaden your knowledge and skills while here. See full details about the changes to our undergraduate courses.

Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Regent

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

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.

Course content

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

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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.

Professional recognition

This course is a Qualifying Law Degree and graduates who wish to become barristers or solicitors are granted exemption by the professional bodies.

Course team

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
  • Dentons
  • Enyo Law
  • Hughmans
  • 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)

Career success

89% 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.


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

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.

Work Placements

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.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

Erasmus offering

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.

Personal tutoring

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.

Language support

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.

International Westminster

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.

Students' Union

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.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
07 December 2016Media, Arts and Design Undergraduate Open DayHarrow
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