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 and international organisations has 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 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 also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our LLB course 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.
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 studies abroad is undertaken under the Erasmus scheme set up by the European Commission.
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 modules are indicative of what you will study in this course.
To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.
Law: Policy and Practice
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:
Equity and Trusts
21st Century Law
Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Child Protection Law and Policy
Introduction to Human Rights Law
Law and Culture
Law and Social Justice
Law and Sport in Contemporary Society
Medical Law and Ethics
Rethinking Criminal Justice
Work Placement in a Legal Setting
Credit Level 5
Study Abroad Year
Students can spend an additional year of study abroad at partner institutions around the world. They study for 120 additional credits through the two Law Study Abroad modules.
Subjects of study include (all option modules):
Advanced Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Dissertation in Law
Family Law and Family Justice
Human Rights: Substantive Legal Protection
International Law and Global Justice
Law of Intellectual Property
Law of International Trade
New Legal Thinking, Theory, Philosophy and Justice
Religion, Law and Society
Credit Level 6
This course is a Qualifying Law Degree and graduates who wish to become barristers or solicitors are granted exemption by the professional bodies.
One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):
A Levels – BBB
International Baccalaureate – 28 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National 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
In addition to one of the above, you should have:
GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.
Overseas students whose first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a score of 6.0 in each element.
EU and International
International Baccalaureate – 28 points
If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.0, with a score of 6.0 in each element.
We welcome applications from students around the world who have other internationally recognised qualifications.
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 the 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.
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 the court, and legal executive.
Our graduates also pursue careers in accountancy, the Civil Service, education and local government.
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:
Hodge Jones and Allen
Mischon de Reya
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Government Legal Service
HM Revenue and Customs
Ministry of Justice
Crown Prosecution Service
Wolseley UK (legal counsel)