Law LLB Honours
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Alternative attendance modes for this course
Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
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|International Baccalaureate||32 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||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.|
|IELTS||6.0 overall, with 6.0 in each element.|
We only consider General Studies and Critical Thinking as a fourth subject at A2 Level. You may also be invited to attend an interview.
Law is an interesting and challenging discipline which impacts at every level, from people's individual daily lives to the operations of Government on the international stage. Increasingly the international dimension to legal study has become more important, across a wide range of legal areas, as the influence of the European Union and international organisations have become so significant.
The Law LLB Honours course offers you an exciting and dynamic educational experience, while also providing you with the core subjects required by the professional legal bodies. The legal professions require graduates to possess both intellectual and practical skills, and the course explicitly addresses these requirements with a structured programme of skills development. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our LLB courses provides you with an excellent amount of choice. Alongside the core modules, required by the professional legal bodies, you are able to study a wide range of distinctive modules to suit your areas of interest.
We have a strong focus on employment and we spend a lot of time supporting you to develop your career. From the outset we concentrate on professional and transferable skills, employability and personal development planning. We also offer innovative modules to prepare you for the realities of working in modern law practice and the changing profession, which will allow you to progress after you graduate. We also aim to provide you with a host of opportunities to boost your career and develop your professional and transferable skills.
A Law degree is seen as a valuable asset by a variety of employers, legal and non-legal. This course will prepare you for a range of legal careers including practice as a barrister or advocate, solicitor, clerk and officer of court, and legal executive; our graduates also pursue careers in accountancy, the Civil Service, education and local government.
You will gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the English legal system and beyond.
You will have the opportunity to study an extensive range of options covering wide and diverse areas of law that are closely linked to staff research interests. These options can be linked together to form one of six coherent streams; commercial law, criminal law and justice, entertainment law, human rights, law and theory, and welfare law.
You can also add an international dimension to your studies through a further year of law study abroad in one of the School's partner institutions in Europe and overseas. Some of the study abroad is undertaken under the Erasmus scheme set up by the European Commission.
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 Justice
- Criminal Law
- Introduction to Business Law
- Introduction to Legal Practice
- Introduction to Rights and the Law
- Law and Social Media
- Legal Skills and Process
- Mooting and Advocacy
- People Culture and Property
- Public Law
- The Portrayal of Justice: Screen Representations of Law and Lawyers
- Tort Law
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Child Protection Law and Policy
- Criminal Justice
- Equity and Trusts
- EU Law
- Housing Law
- Introduction to Human Rights Law
- Land Law
- Law and Culture
- Law and Social Justice
- Law and Sport in Contemporary Society
- Legal Profession and Legal Services
- Medical Law and Ethics
- Work Placement in a Legal Setting
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- 21st Century Law Practice and Ethics
- Advanced Criminal Law
- Clinical Legal Practice
- Commercial Law
- Company Law
- Competition Law
- Criminal Procedure and Evidence
- Disability Law
- Dissertation in Law
- Employment Law
- Entertainment Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law and Family Justice
- Human Rights: Substantive Legal Protection
- 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
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. 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 exemptions by the professional bodies concerned.
Direct entry to Year 2 or 3 is only possible in exceptional circumstances, if you have already successfully completed a course compatible with Year 1, or Year 1 and 2 of our LLB. You must have entry qualiﬁcations comparable to those needed to enrol at Credit Level 4 at Westminster. We may not be able to make a decision until all your previous results are available.
Direct entrants should have achieved a minimum average of 55 per cent in all modules (not including pass/fail modules) prior to their application to transfer.
Admission to Year 3 is rarely granted. Students at this stage of the course should check their proposed programme of study with the appropriate professional body to ensure that they are eligible for a Qualifying Law Degree.
Giannis Keramidas, 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.
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.
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.
Excellent choice of modules
Alongside the core modules, required by the professional legal bodies, you are able to study a wide range of distinctive modules to suit your areas of interest.
Strong focus on employment
We spend a lot of time supporting you to develop your career. From the outset we concentrate on professional and transferable skills, employability and personal development planning. We also offer innovative modules to prepare you for the realities of working in modern law practice and the changing profession, which will allow you to progress after you graduate.
92 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.
Host of opportunities to boost your career
Legal skills workshops and networking opportunities will enable you to develop your professional and transferable skills.
Friendly and supportive environment
Compared to some other London law schools we're smaller and friendlier. We have a family atmosphere where everyone can get to know you personally.
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.
Jifree Cader, alumnus, LLB Law, Partner, Kirkland and Ellis LLP
I graduated in 2005, and took a year out to go travelling, and got married to my fiancée, who I met on the course. When we came back we did the LPC, and then I started my training contract; I qualified in September 2009, specialising in insolvency and restructuring. That’s probably as much a feature of the recession as anything, because jobs in this area increased significantly as I came round to qualification.
Having subsequently talked to colleagues from other universities, it’s clear that the Law School has got a really good work placement programme at the end of you second year, and that makes a huge difference. When you are going for interviews to get training contracts and so on, you have already been pushed to get some work in the sector. The work placement module we did made sure that we went out and got 100 hours work experience – although invariably you do much more than that. There was also a work placement programme which ran during the summer, so Westminster opened a lot of doors by pushing you into particular areas.
The module also gave everyone the chance to stop and think about the possible career paths and where they might want to specialise. Having done my LPC at the College of Law, there was still a bit of snobbery about which university you went to. Talking to friends and colleagues from other universities, they didn’t have the work placement opportunities that I had, or the advice and support we had through the application process; that really sets Westminster apart, and I really felt the benefit of my work experience when I started going for my interviews.
The extra-curricular activities on offer at the Law School here at Westminster – such as the negotiating competitions and the mooting competitions – also help to give you an advantage in the interview process, and when you are going through your applications. Those activities can make it a lot easier to answer some of the questions that you will face in interviews and on application forms.
So one of the key strengths of the Law School is that it gives you practical preparation for your job, if that’s what you want to do. But if you want to do something more academic, that’s fine too; the work placement module is an optional one, the summer work placement programme is optional, and all the competition are optional, so if your interest is more academic the course caters for that too.
There are lots of prizes available on the course as well. I won two of them – best criminal law essay, and law student of the year – but there’s lots of others, and they really help on your CV. Although I didn’t know about them until I won them – which was a nice surprise!
I think you get as much out of the course as you put in. I think I ended up coming away with a first because I spent a lot of time working in the library as well as doing all the extra-curricular activities. For the first two years I was also doing a part-time job, so it was a heavy schedule, but I think if you take all the opportunities that are there, you can achieve so much, and it definitely helps you to get the job that you want.
Dogan Gultutan, alumnus, LLB Law, Associate, Baker & McKenzie Consultancy Services Attorney Partnership
The high quality of teaching coupled with the law school’s perfect location in central London was crucial in enabling me to achieve what I sought to achieve. Having tutors passionate in what they do not only makes the lectures/tutorials fun but also easier to learn.
The location of the law school was particularly crucial in enabling attendance to conferences and seminars, which permits you to meet practitioners thus making connections (the importance of which cannot be understated) and keeping up to date with the current changes in the law. I would strongly recommend membership with associations in the area of law that interests you from an early stage.
Sabrina Atwal graduated from the University of Westminster’s Law LLB course in 2013.
I was originally attracted to study at the University of Westminster because of the location – the University is in the heart of London. I found the degree very mentally stimulating and I enjoyed studying every module on my course. I enjoyed the whole experience – from sitting in a lecture hall with all the year group, to working in groups, and independent assignments. The whole experience was designed to develop and sharpen my key skills.
There is a great student environment, and all the tutors and lecturers are very friendly and helpful. I think it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your lecturers, so I would always make an effort to have a chat with them at least once a month.
The University had so much for students to get involved in. I not only helped out on the student ambassador scheme, but also held the position of Vice-President for the Law Society. And every student who studies in London is exposed to industry experts; law firms are situated around every corner, which gives you a great opportunity to find out more about a legal career.
When it comes to social life, London being so big there is always something to do. I was part of the University of Westminster netball team and took part in a lot of their events, and also participated in a lot of Law Society events. It was great to be part of these communities.
The careers department organised many helpful events which allowed students to network and gain an insight into the different types of careers available. After I graduated from Westminster I went on to study the LPC, and I then gained a Master’s in Law. I am currently working for Barclays as a paralegal in their in legal team.
I had so much passion to study law, and when I commenced my degree that passion was fueled further. I have learned so much from studying at the University of Westminster, and I also have so many fond memories. It’s a great environment and offers a lot of support to students.
Yvonne Dang graduated from Westminster’s LLB course in 2013, and went on to complete her LPC in 2015.
I decided to study at the University of Westminster because it was centrally located, I was attracted to the diverse student population, and I liked the fact that the University had a good reputation for research in law. At the open day I was impressed with the facilities on offer; libraries at Little Titchfield Street (LTS), Cavendish, Marylebone and Harrow Campuses, and computers at all of the campuses. I know this has improved even more since I graduated, with the opening of a large, modern lecture theatre at LTS.
The University and the course lived up to my expectations. I had a good range of modules to choose from for my options in every single year of my degree, which allowed me to tailor my degree to my interests early on. I was also pleased with the relatively small groups for classes, as it meant closer interaction with the law tutors. I knew staff were there if I needed to contact them in their dedicated office hours.
As well as enabling me to work out what areas of the law I was most interested in, the Law degree overall provided a solid foundation for me to build upon. And I made good use of the careers service and focused on bulking up my work experience in the law.
One of the best things about being a student in London is that everywhere is very accessible, transport is so good, and there’s a very rich social life in London – you’re never short of places to go. The social life at the University was very varied, and there was a lot on offer, from sports to politics to arts. I was very involved with the Students’ Union, given that I ran a society for two consecutive years. I was also an active member of several societies which enabled me to meet individuals from every single campus and a range of courses.
If I was to give advice to anyone considering Westminster as a place to study law, it would be to go ahead and apply! Make sure you attend a law-specific open day at the University. This will give you the opportunity to speak to students who are on the course and you can also speak to law tutors/lecturers to gauge the content of the course. The University has a range of qualifying LLB Law courses (European Legal Studies, Law, Law with French Law and Solicitors Exempting) so make sure you know the differences between them and decide which would suit your interests.
You should also take advantage of the pro bono/volunteering projects that are on offer and enquire into a year abroad if that is something that interests you. There is real scope for you to tailor your degree, so look into all avenues available and make the most of the years that you are at the University. The time will fly by!
Mateusz Bernatek graduated from the Law LLB in 2014.
There were three main criteria when I was deciding where I wanted to study – location, the choice of option modules on my chosen course and employability rate. The University of Westminster ticked all of those boxes; it’s in a fantastic location in the heart of London, has a great choice of option modules and a very solid employability rate. It was always my first choice.
In some ways the University exceeded my expectations. It continued to develop throughout my time there, and improved its facilities to cater for our every need. My favourite thing must be the 24/7 library opening; it was almost a necessity during exam times.
I was very happy with my course. There was a wide variety of modules to choose from and enough help from tutors to make an informed decision. More importantly, many of our teachers were practising solicitors or barristers, and provided us with inside knowledge straight from the industry. There were many great things about the course, but if I had to name one it would have to be the teachers. They’re wonderful academics with very varied experience, but most importantly passion for what they do. It’s simply contagious!
The course itself opened my eyes to the fact that I don’t want to be a lawyer. However, it also taught me a vast number of transferable skills, which are respected by employers regardless of the industry. So I’ve decided not to follow the legal path and currently work as an administrator at ProspectUS, a recruitment consultancy for the non-profit sector.
Being a student in London meant I was able to meet people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds and faiths. It blurred silly barriers created by society. We were all just a really big family. There was a variety of events organised by the Students’ Union and societies, so there was always something to do at Westminster – regardless of whether you were in to clubbing, networking, dining out, sports or being a gym bunny.
If I was to give one piece of advice to anyone thinking of applying for a Law course at the University of Westminster, it would be the same thing that I used to say to every potential student during Open Days – always get involved in the University’s life. Join a society, get a position of responsibility, volunteer, and use the Careers and Development Service early in your course. You’ll be surprised how quickly your CV starts building up. And make friends from other courses.
Sarmad Saleh graduated from the LLB Law course in 2011.
I chose to study at Westminster mainly because of the location of the law campus, right in the heart of London’s West End, and the University and the course lived up to my expectations.
There were several highlights about studying Law at Westminster. The relationship with with most lecturers and tutors was excellent, they were incredibly keen and interested, and very willing to give you help when you asked for it. It was easy to navigate your way through the legal library, to find computers to use when you needed them, and the fact that the University operated 24-7 was very useful.
The best thing about being a student in London was the constant movement, the excitement of developing a career in the heart of one of the main business hubs in the world. And not to forget, the night life and the endless fun you can have! Although law students are generally seen as more dry and ‘boring’ because of the seriousness of the profession and the intensity of the course, I felt the social life was excellent. Some of my friends from university will be my friends for life and we have shared both good and bad times. This includes many lecturers.
After my LLB I went on to do a Masters in Intellectual Property Law at UCL. I then worked at a film production company for over three years. Today I am a corporate/commercial trainee solicitor specialising in media and entertainment with New Media Law LLP, a niche high street entertainment and start-up focused law firm. The LLB provided the foundation of knowledge from which I was able to develop my legal expertise.
If I was to give any advice to anyone thinking of studying a law course at the University of Westminster, the first thing would be to think carefully about whether and what you like about a career in law. It’s an incredibly demanding profession and the student life is equally (if not more) demanding. It requires consistent hard work and many wasted weekends!
If you do decide to study for the degree, then when you begin, always aim to get a First. To do that, for every module which you receive a handbook, follow the module handbook and research each and every case. Go to the library and pull out three or four books for each module, and search the index for the case to find out what the book says about the case in that context. Then prepare sample answers for past exam papers. That’s it. You’re sorted!
Daniella Mcleod graduated from the LLB Law course in 2014.
For my degree I wanted to stay in London, and Westminster was the only university I applied to. The location is brilliant, Westminster is in the middle of everything, and when I went to the open day I found that I really liked the way the Law course was structured. The professors explained the course really well too, and it just felt like the right place for me.
The course has a good range of modules and subjects to choose from. For example, in my first year I studied mooting and advocacy, which is something that not many places offer. There’s a lot of variety at Westminster, and a modern approach to option modules, which I really liked – although I know that’s not what everyone wants.
It was a good learning environment, but there was also a good social environment too, and the people on the course – both the students and the teaching staff – were one of the highlights for me. There were so many interesting people from so many different backgrounds. And the location is unbeatable – close to Oxford Street and Oxford Circus, in the centre of the city, with links to everywhere.
I knew I could talk to my module leaders if I needed help or guidance with any course issues, and there were counsellors and mentors that you could talk to if you were having any problems outside the course. And because the course is so varied, there were students of all different ages, from all different backgrounds and with a wide variety of skillsets, so you could always turn to other students for help or advice.
I want to pursue my legal career now; I really enjoyed my degree, I enjoy the law in general, and I’ve worked for a couple of law firms and found that it feels right, so it’s something that I’m trying to pursue. Because Westminster is in the centre of everything, the links you can make through the University are great – whether it’s links to the Inns of Court, or through different barristers and solicitors coming in to give talks, or the fact that a lot of the module leaders and lecturers are practising solicitors as well as academics. It’s great to be able to have those practical links, and to see how the legal profession works.
Overall I loved the University, loved the course, the teachers were great, and the atmosphere was really friendly, so there was nothing I could fault. If I was to give any advice to anyone thinking about studying Law at Westminster, the first thing would be to make sure it’s something that you’re passionate about and that you really want to do – if it’s not, then you won’t enjoy your time at university, wherever you study. Secondly, seize every opportunity – every social, every networking event, and put yourself out there as much as you can; it can only benefit you, whether in terms of growing as a person, or networking and meeting people who can help your career.
Jon Madder graduated from the LLB Law course in 2010.
I am currently working as an Executive Search Consultant with a Boutique firm specializing in senior executive and C level career placements. Having completed a Law LLB Honours degree has given me skills which I utilize on a daily basis even though I am not presently practicing law. My degree has given me credibility and provided vital negotiation and contract formation skills, which have helped me on a personal and professional level.
The University of Westminster was an easy choice for me primarily due to the law program that the institution offers and its tremendous location. In the heart of London I thrived off of the energetic feel of the city. I enjoyed my three years of study at Westminster because of the outgoing nature of my fellow students and the fact that I could call on my lecturers, tutors and administrative staff any time I needed assistance.
Living in a historic and bustling metropolis like London provides an opportunity to take in something new every weekend. My advice for those considering studying abroad would be to be adventurous take in the local pubs and all that London has to offer. Plan a weekend getaway to experience the rest of the UK and Europe first hand. Make connections with your fellow students they could potentially lead to lifelong friendships.
Regardless of your career pursuit, I think it is very important to get a solid education as a foundation. It gives you creditability and proves to potential employers that you are able to prioritize and accomplish your goals. Although my career is not in the legal field, I use the skills and knowledge obtained through my studies on a daily basis. I would not hesitate in my recommendation to study abroad and take in the social and cultural diversity that London transposes. Equally, I would not hesitate in my recommendation of the University of Westminster.
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