The University of Westminster

Legal Practice

School of Law
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Rank: 72 (UKEAS)

Location: School of Law


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2020/09/01

Duration: -

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If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the legal practice course the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm. Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and this course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer. Our approach is friendly and supportive, with small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help. Using experienced teachers, and high-quality teaching materials, sessions are set within a balanced timetable and replicate the tasks undertaken in practice. Distinctive features of the course include: the broad range of Stage 2 electives offered, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms. The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. Currently students can choose to specialise in 1 of 3 streams of work: judicial review, family or property. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning. The opportunity to be paired with a mentor currently in practice in an area of work you are interested in.


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a qualifying Law degree or non-law degree followed by Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 qualification. Students must have covered the following seven law topics: Constitutional and Adminstrative Law, The Law Contract, Equity and Trusts, EU Law, Land Law(property Law) or Law or Torts. Applicants who studied the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within last five years may be eligible for exemptions. Due to recent changes to Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations, it is important that applicants have met SRA education and training requirements for the purpose of the LPC before they enrol on the course. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element. One academic reference is required.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each element)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The University of Westminster.

About this university

International students

Students from around the world travel to the university to study the 300 plus degrees on offer and there is plenty of help and assistance on hand for them. This starts with the application process and there is information on the website divided by country to help with this. The university also offers English language support for those to whom it isn't a native language as well as information about visas and immigration paperwork. There is also support for daily life matters such as getting a bank account, working between studies and bringing family members to London while studying. All university students are automatically members of the Student Union who provide advice and support for students as well as organising the clubs and societies to occupy students outside the classroom. It also operates a bar and nightclub as well as two shops on the Harrow and Cavendish campuses. Student run media opportunities include a radio station, TV station and a magazine. Sports have always played an important part in university life and the athletic club is called the Harriers. It was established in 1883 and for many years was the biggest in England. The university even organised the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games of 1912. Among the sports facilities is the boat house, tennis courts and athletics track at Chiswick as well as sports pitches and halls at the Harrow campus.

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