University of Westminster (GDL)

The Legal Cheek View

Westminster Law School, tucked behind London’s Oxford Circus, is, according to one insider, “a very forward-thinking” university. This is, perhaps, exemplified by its Student Law Clinic which gives GDL-ers the opportunity to do work experience right on campus. Supervised by either a qualified solicitor or barrister, students can get involved with “real client cases” that span across three key practice areas: family law, land law, and claims against public bodies.

The teaching sounds pretty impressive too. A Westminster student says their “relationship with lecturers and tutors was fantastic”. Tutors are “approachable” and available to “help you out”. They even “read over your training contract applications”. They’re “very knowledgeable about their chosen areas” (which is lucky). More importantly, they are “passionate about teaching”; one student reports that “even the driest subjects became interesting”.

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Facilities include a newly-refurbished library that has “a wealth of legal and social science materials, spaces for group work and quiet study”. The café has also had a makeover, and law students can practice being the next generation of Lord Dennings and Lady Hales in the two mock courtrooms that are up for grabs.

Students are said to choose to enroll at Westminster for its “combination of location and price”: it is one of the slightly less expensive London providers at just over £7,000 and yet is situated in the heart of the capital’s West End. The law school is also just a short walk from Westminster’s other campus buildings that have additional facilities such as on Regent Street and Cavendish Square.

Key Info

Full time fees £7,250
Part time fees £3,675
Entry requirements 2:2
Full time places 100
Part time places 12

Part-time fees are paid annually over two years.