University of Westminster - Westminster Law School

Introduction

Westminster Law School provides legal education in the heart of London. Our modern facilities, including a recently refurbished law library and lecture theatre, are based at the University of Westminster's Little Titchfield Street campus.

Taught Courses

We offer taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as professional and short courses. We also offer highly respected conversion courses for non-law graduates wishing to embark upon a career in law.

Research

  • Centre on the Legal Profession
  • Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality
  • Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture
  • International Law at Westminster
  • Westminster Law and Theory Lab

Westminster Law School offers both MPhil and PhD research degrees in law and law-related topics.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

This school also offers:

Master

MLaw (Integrated Master’s in Law)

Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

This course is one of only five in the country, and the only one in London and the South East. It gives you both a Qualifying Law Degree and exemption from the requirement to undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The course is geared to professional practice, and you can start your training to become a solicitor as soon as you graduate. [+]

This course is one of only five in the country, and the only one in London and the South East. It gives you both a Qualifying Law Degree and exemption from the requirement to undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The course is geared to professional practice, and you can start your training to become a solicitor as soon as you graduate. From the start of the course you will be given an introduction to the skills required by lawyers. This prepares you for the clinical experience in Years 3 and 4, where you will work with real clients on real cases, offering you invaluable experience which will make you more attractive to future employers. Fees are consistent throughout rather than increasing at the LPC stage, so the course offers a more accessible route to becoming a solicitor. On completion you will carry out a period of work-based learning (currently called a training contract) under the supervision of a solicitor. Students completing the course, or those choosing to leave with a Qualifying Law Degree after three years, can also begin to train as a barrister. Course content The general ethos of the course is one of integration of the academic and practical. In Years 1 and 2 you will cover the same core subjects as you would on a Qualifying Law Degree. Alongside these subjects you will study two modules in Legal Ethics, Method and Skills (LEMS) which have been specifically designed for this course. In Year 3 you will build on the foundations provided in these LEMS modules to conduct real cases with real clients. You will carry out this work under supervision and with appropriate training. You will also study a mixture of academic and practical subjects. Year 4 is entirely devoted to the practical subjects that would ordinarily be studied on the Legal Practice Course, while you will continue to work with real clients on one of our clinical modules. Year 1 (Credit Level 4) Subjects of study include: Contract Legal Ethics, Method and Skills 1 Public Law Tort Criminal Law One optional subject from the following: Criminal Justice 1 Introduction to Business Law Introduction to Legal Practice Introduction to Rights and the Law The Portrayal of Justice: Screen Representations of Law and Lawyers Mooting and Advocacy People Culture & Property Law and Social Media Year 2 (Credit Level 5) Subjects of study include: Legal Ethics, Method and Skills 2 Land Law EU Law Equity and Trusts One optional subject from the following: Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution Criminal Justice 2 Housing Law Law and Culture Medical Law and Ethics Introduction to Human Rights Law Work Placement in a Legal Setting Child Protection Law and Policy Law and Social Justice Law and Sport in Contemporary Society Year 3 (Credit Level 5) Subjects of study include: Legal Ethics Methods and Skills (3) Property Law and Practice Clinical Legal Practice One optional subject from: Clinical Legal Practice Company Law Commercial Law Competition Law Criminal Procedure and Evidence Disability Law Dissertation in Law Entertainment Law Environmental Law Family Law and Family Justice Human Rights: Substantive Legal Protection Law of Intellectual Property Employment Law Law of International Trade Media Law New Legal Thinking, Theory, Philosophy and Justice International Law and Global Justice Religion, Law and Society Advanced Criminal Law 21st Century Law Practice and Ethics Year 4 (Credit Level 6) Subjects of study include: Clinical Practice 2 Litigation (Civil & Criminal) Business Law & Practice (Taxation) Advocacy Wills & Administration (Interviewing) Drafting Professional Conduct & Regulation (PCR) Solicitors Accounts Two optional subjects from: Commercial Law Commercial Litigation Commercial Property E-Commerce Employment Entertainment & Media Family Immigration Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Private Acquisitions Clinical elective Housing International Family Law Westminster electives 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. [-]

MA

MA Conflict Prevention, Dispute Resolution

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom London

This course embraces a wide range of public, private and domestic issues relevant to the prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes, including the roles of laws, decisions, risks and justice. The course includes (but is not restricted to) negotiation and arbitration, and also the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes such as mediation and conciliation. [+]

This course embraces a wide range of public, private and domestic issues relevant to the prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes, including the roles of laws, decisions, risks and justice. The course includes (but is not restricted to) negotiation and arbitration, and also the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes such as mediation and conciliation. You will be able to mix with students on other Masters courses at Westminster Law School. Classes are usually small, allowing for an interactive approach to learning. The course combines academic and practical approaches to teaching and learning. Course content The course aims to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the issues and the practices involved in the field of conflict prevention and dispute resolution, including the mechanisms of prevention, emergence, avoidance, management, resolution and regulation. The course content is not explicitly concerned with 'peace studies', but the processes of prevention and the processes of resolution embrace the concepts of securing and maintaining peaceful cooperation. Core modules PERSPECTIVES ON CONFLICTS AND DISPUTES You will be introduced to the field of conflict and dispute prevention and resolution. You will cover domestic, commercial, municipal and international aspects of the subject, and the main processes involved in conflict and dispute prevention and resolution. POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION This module allows you to develop a knowledge and understanding of a specialist portion of the field of conflict and dispute prevention and resolution. You will have the support of a supervisor for this independent research and writing work. You must agree the topic with the module leader. The topic must not replicate your own prior work or anyone else's work. Your work for this module should provide you with advanced research skills, and advanced skills of analysis, evaluation, synthesis, application and writing, all of which should stand you in good stead for any subsequent academic or practitioner career. RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE This module introduces you to the general concepts of legal and social scientific (empirical) methods of research, and gives you a greater understanding of the principles of advanced research. You will consider the relevance of these methods for the study of law, which will enhance your understanding of the legal, social scientific and philosophical debates on methodology and practice. It will also enable you to evaluate your own work and that of other researchers and authors. This is an independent module with its own rational and assessment; but it is also necessarily linked to the dissertation module. Course-specific entry requirements You are expected to have a good UK Honours degree in Law or a non-Law subject (such as – but not limited to – Politics, Psychology, and Management) or the equivalent from a non-UK university, and satisfactory references. Other qualifications or experiential routes can sometimes be agreed. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent in each of the elements. Pre-sessional summer programmes are not normally appropriate for this course. Associated careers This course is designed to benefit a wide range of individuals, including graduates progressing towards a PhD programme, practising lawyers wanting to further their knowledge and skills, other graduates and practitioners (such as arbitrators, civil servants, insurers, journalists, judges, linguists and mediators), and anyone managing people and risks. The course is also ideal if you are on a gap year between career stages, and for those from the European Union and other countries who want to improve their English for personal and career purposes. [-]

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