Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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. When you apply, you'll need to demonstrate an aptitude for European language study, but this does not necessarily mean that you'll need to have a formal qualification. While abroad, depending on your language skills, you may study in English or in another European language.

You'll spend the third year of your degree studying 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, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. On successful completion of your year abroad, you'll return to Westminster in Year 4 to complete your studies.

Top reasons to study with us

  • International experience – our European Legal Studies course gives you the opportunity to live and study abroad with one of our European partner universities. You will gain invaluable international experience and can and learn a foreign language as a part of your studies
  • Practise in a real-world environment – as part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your legal skills at the Westminster Law School Legal Advice Clinic
  • Develop mastery of an area of the law – with our subject streams, developed by our research-led experts, alongside the core professional modules, you can specialise in entertainment and media law, commercial law, international law, theory and human rights law, criminal law and justice, or welfare law
  • Boost your employability – skills and work-based learning modules are available in every year of the course
  • Personalise your learning – with a vast range of optional modules to choose from

Course structure

Alongside the foundation Law modules necessary for a Qualifying Law Degree, you'll study a European language in Years 1 and 2 (Credit Levels 4 and 5) to prepare for study in another European country. In Year 2 you'll also study a specialist module on Civil Law and Legal Systems, to gain an understanding of civil laws in view of the year abroad.

Teaching methods include 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.

The following subjects are indicative of what you'll study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Contracts: Law and Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • European Language
  • Law: Policy and Practice
  • Public Law
  • Tort Law

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil Law and Legal Systems
  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU Law
  • European Language
  • 21st Century Law
  • Land Law

Credit Level 5

Year abroad

Students enrolled on the LLB in European Legal Studies are required as part of their degree programmes to spend the whole of their third year studying law at one of our partner universities in Europe, and return to the University of Westminster for their fourth year.

Core module:

  • Dissertation in European Legal Studies

Choice of two option modules from the following:

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Competition Law
  • Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law and Family Justice
  • Gender, Sexuality and Critical Legal Perspectives
  • Human Rights: Idea, Law and Practice
  • 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
  • Sustainability Law and Policy

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree and is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

Studying Law with us

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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.

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An introduction to the legal profession

Take part in our Legal Skills Academy, attend employer-led workshops and visit the London Law Fair for an introduction to the profession.

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Be inspired by our graduate stories

Many of our alumni are now student mentors and regular contributors to the Legal Skills Academy, helping current students achieve their goals.

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Specialist workshops and events

We run specialist careers and subject events, designed to support the curriculum, benefit students, and provide networking opportunities.

Industry links

We have strong links with the legal profession, which include partnerships with alumni, leading figures in the industry and professional bodies.

Westminster Law School and its student law societies provide a series of careers and subject-specialist workshops and events throughout the academic year that are designed to support the curriculum, and alumni panels to give students the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

Recent guests and organisations include:

  • Goldsmiths Chambers
  • The Government Legal Profession
  • Jo Sidhu QC
  • Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Sir Richard Arnold
  • SEO London
  • Sheridans
  • Tuckers Solicitors

Work experience and international opportunities

As a law student, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Study abroad with one of our University partners in your third year
  • Volunteer at the Westminster Law School Legal Advice Clinic
  • Take part in other work-based learning opportunities, such as employer-led workshops and legal advice training
  • Find a mentor through the University’s mentoring service

Job roles

This course prepares students for job roles, including:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Advice worker
  • Civil service administrator
  • Compliance officer
  • Legal Executive

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Barclays Bank
  • Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Latham and Watkins LLP
  • Mackrell Solicitors
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Sheridans
  • Westkin Associates
  • Winckworth Sherwood LLP

London Law Fair

In collaboration with other London Universities and the Law Society, Westminster Law School helps to organise the London Law Fair every year.

Students are introduced to a wide range of blue-chip employers and leaders in the legal profession through workshops and presentations, offered free careers advice in CV clinics and can network in the headquarters of one of the major branches of the legal profession.

Recent exhibitors at the London Law Fair have included:

  • Accutrainee Limited
  • Bristows LLP
  • Devonshires Solicitors LLP
  • Government Legal Profession
  • HFW
  • Osborne Clark
  • Shakespeare Martineau LLP
  • TLT LLP

Why study this course?

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A supportive environment

Feel supported by our experienced personal tutoring team and curriculum designed to support your wellbeing and smooth the transition into university life.

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An international experience

Combining your law degree with significant international experience and language skills will help you to stand out in the graduate market.

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Personalise your learning

With a vast range of optional modules you can specialise in an area of interest to you, such as Entertainment and Media Law, Commercial Law, Human Rights Law or Criminal Law and Justice.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – Not accepted on its own
  • Access – 112 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

We prefer applicants to have evidence of successful language acquisition in another European language such as a GCSE or European qualification, however, applicants without this can sometimes be considered

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

More information

International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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4
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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Written exams Practical Coursework

Year 3 data will vary depending on your partner institution during your year abroad.

Data from the academic year 2019-20.

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Little Titchfield Street is the home of Westminster Law School and, as part of our Regent Campus, benefits from a central London location. The facilities include a full-size mock courtroom, high-tech learning spaces, a pro-bono clinic and a 382-seat lecture theatre.

For more details, visit our Locations page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

[email protected]

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Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4pm Monday to Friday

 

We also have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

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