We were ranked the top university in London and the second modern university in the UK for student satisfaction with our law courses - National Student Survey 2017.*
We were ranked 7th in London for Law courses in the Guardian University Guide 2019
The law is an ever-changing, complex field of study, and a career in law is amongst the most challenging and rewarding. We will prepare you for your career in law by giving you the information, tools, techniques and experience needed to approach legal problems with confidence and knowledge.
Why choose this course?
If you want to succeed in law, there's no better place to gain a mastery of the subject than School of Law and Criminology, which was ranked as the top modern law school in London in the Guardian University Guide 2012.
Throughout the course, there will be opportunities to undertake practical work experience to complement your academic studies and contextualise your learning in a professional environment.
Work placements are an important part of the course, and we will encourage you to obtain legal work experience in various contexts such as:
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Free Representation Unit
- Student Law Clinic
- Community Advice Programme (an advice centre linked with the Law School)
- marshalling with judges
- shadowing key lawyers.
The course offers a practical learning experience, examples of this include:
- much closer interaction with course tutors due to our ongoing commitment and investment in our student-to-staff ratio
- pre-course support to help prepare you for your studies
- trips to the European Court of Human Rights, Supreme Court, Old Bailey, Inns of Court, Mooting competitions and social events such as boat parties
- student prizes including the Mike Molyneux Bursary, the School of Law and Criminology Bursary Prize, and the Sweet and Maxwell Book Prize
- events with a host of leading guest speakers, academics, barristers, judges and solicitors raise your commercial awareness on how the law operates in the real world.
Career and study progression
This course is recognised by the Bar and the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a qualifying law degree, meaning that graduates can pursue a career as a solicitor or a barrister.
Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. The postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about. See our LLM (Master of Laws) courses page to view the full range of LLM postgraduate degree courses on offer.
Recognised by the Bar and the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a qualifying law degree, this course takes a practical and contextual approach, to ensure that you maintain an awareness of current issues and developments within the field. It is designed to encourage you to develop skills that are generic as well as legal and to enable you to apply your knowledge in all aspects of your future career.
All our law modules are taught with reference to legal practice and some modules are specifically designed to develop professional skills. There are opportunities to gain legal work experience throughout the course, which includes providing advice to the community at the Law School’s legal advice centre, marshalling with judges and shadowing key lawyers.
Work placements are an important part of the course. In the third year, you will be encouraged to undertake legal work experience as part of your studies and, in the final year, you will again be encouraged to gain hands-on experience either at various agencies, for example, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Free Representation Unit, or with the Community Advice Programme (the Law School’s advice centre in Ealing). This will give you the chance to put your academic studies into context within a professional work environment.
Year one (Level 4) modules
- Criminal Law and Process
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Contract Law
- The English Legal System
Year two (Level 5) modules
- Equity and Trusts
- European Union Law
- Land Law
- The Law of Torts
Year three (Level 6) modules
Choose *six options from:
- Civil Litigation and Practice
- Commercial and Consumer Law
- Company Law
- Community Legal Advice
- Employment Law
- Family Law
- International Human Rights
- Intellectual Property Law
- Immigration Law
- Public International Law
* Optional modules will run subject to staff availability and viable student numbers opting to take the module
112 - 128 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.
These can include:
- A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
- BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to HE Diploma
You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.
Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.
Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.
Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.