Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

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

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you'll also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you'll be able to move on to study for the Law LLB Honours degree.

Law is an interesting and challenging discipline that 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 European and international organisations has become so significant.

The Law LLB Honours offers you an exciting and dynamic educational experience, while also providing you with the core subjects required by the professional legal bodies. The legal profession requires graduates to possess both intellectual and practical skills, and the course explicitly addresses these requirements with a structured programme of skills development. It will equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

  • 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 subject streams developed by our research-led experts – you can specialise in entertainment and media law, commercial law, international law, theory and human rights law, criminal law and justice, or welfare law
  • An international outlook – the Law LLB has several international law options, the chance to study abroad, the option to learn a foreign language alongside your studies and is supported by our International and European Student Law Societies
  • 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

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 will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Law, Power and Authority
  • Society, Risk and Crime: Sociological Perspectives
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Crime and Society
  • Rights and the Law

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

Core modules

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

Option modules

  • Criminal Justice: Crime and Punishment
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Legal Practice
  • Introduction to Rights and the Law
  • Islamic Law in Context
  • Law and Social Media
  • Mooting and Advocacy
  • People Culture and Property
  • The Portrayal of Justice: Screen Representations of Law and Lawyers

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

Core modules

  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU Law
  • Land Law
  • 21st Century Law

Option modules

  • Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Protection Law and Policy
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminology and the Law
  • Housing Law
  • Introduction to Human Rights Law
  • Law and Culture
  • Law and Mental Health
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Law and Sport in Contemporary Society
  • Legal Psychology
  • Legal Theory and Diversity
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Rethinking Criminal Justice
  • Work Placement in a Legal Setting

Credit Level 5

Study Abroad Year

You can spend an additional year of study abroad at our partner institutions around the world. You'll study for 120 additional credits through the two Law Study Abroad modules.

Subjects of study include (all option modules):

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • 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
  • 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

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Learn from our graduates

Many of our alumni become student mentors, regularly contributing to the Legal Skills Academy and helping current students achieve their goals and prepare for legal careers.

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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.

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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, giving you valuable experience for your career.

Industry links

We have strong links with the legal profession, including 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 designed to support the curriculum, and alumni panels to give students the opportunity to network with industry professionals. Recent guests and organisations include:

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

Work experience and international opportunities

As a law student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • 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
  • Complete an optional placement in your second year
  • Apply to find a mentor through the University’s mentoring service
  • Study abroad with one of our University partners

Mentoring

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.

Employers participating in the scheme who have mentored Law students in recent years include the BBC, Kennedys Law and the Crown Prosecution Service.

    Job roles

      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 or legal executive.

      This course prepares students for roles including:

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

      Our graduates also pursue careers in accountancy, the Civil Service, education and local government.

      Graduate employers

      Recent graduates of this course have found positions in practices and 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

      The 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, plus 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

      International Opportunities

      Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

      Opportunities could include:

      • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
      • Attending an international summer school or field trip
      • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

      International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

      Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

      Students working and studying internationally

      Course Leaders

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      Giannis is a Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster and is the Course Director of the Law LLB.

      Dr Giannis Keramidas

      Principal Lecturer

      Giannis is a Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He is the Course Director of the Law LLB.

      He is an Advocate at the Athens Bar Association, specialising in international and European financial crime, anti-money laundering regulation and corruption. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He consults for the European Commission and is a Research Associate at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. He is supervising PhD students in his areas of research.

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      Dr Frands Pedersen

      Senior Lecturer in International Relations

      Dr Frands Pedersen is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Foundation Courses in Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. He has Masters degrees in Political Science (Aarhus, Denmark) and Diplomacy (Lancaster), and received his PhD for his thesis on sub-national authorities as international actors. He convenes the Teaching Excellence Learning Community at Westminster and the Political Studies Association’s Nordic Politics Specialist Group. He is also co-founder of the Serious [email protected] group.

      Dr Pedersen has led Diplomacy, International Relations and European Union related modules at the Universities of Surrey, Central Lancashire and Westminster since 1999. In 2016, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to innovation in learning and teaching. He is passionate about active and immersive learning and has conducted extensive research on, for example, simulations and games, run projects and created shared resources to facilitate active learning. Dr Pedersen's current research focuses on Nordic responses to the Covid19 crisis, aspects of digital diplomacy and city diplomacy, and pedagogical research on compassion in higher education.

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      The safe and compassionate learning environment we have here encourages students to explore new ideas, grow their subject-knowledge, and expand their skills and build confidence."

      Why study this course?

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      An introduction to the legal profession

      By taking part in our Legal Skills Academy, attending employer-led workshops and visiting the London Law Fair, our students will graduate with a practical knowledge of the industry.

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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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      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 – CDD to CCC
      • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
      • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM
      • BTEC Diploma – DM to DD
      • Access – 88 to 96 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 component.

      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 – 24 points   

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

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      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.

      What our students say

      Jifree Cader

      Jifree Cader

      Law LLB

      The work placement module we did made sure that we went out and got 100 hours' work experience. 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.

      Mateusz Bernatek

      Mateusz Bernatek

      Law LLB

      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. Many of our teachers were practising solicitors or barristers, and provided us with inside knowledge straight from the industry.

      Yvonne Dang

      Yvonne Dang

      Law LLB

      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.

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      Learn a new language

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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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      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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      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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      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.

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