The Westminster Law School is on the edge of London’s West End. The quality of tutors is apparently pretty good: “They made an effort to get to know us, and if we needed anything we could just knock on their door,” one recent graduate reports. Another LPC student describes the teaching as “more personable” and “more approachable” than what they perceive it to be at other law schools in the capital. Other LPC spies tell us that the criminal and business teachers in particular are “excellent”.
The course itself, which this year is being bundled together as part of an LLM, is delivered across live lectures and small group sessions. LPC students “work together on questions” in between classes. Lectures are “really good”, and especially “great for crime”. LPCers benefit from the smaller “interactive” tutorials as they allow for “individual guidance and help” on what is a “challenging” course. The material covered aims to “resemble real scenarios” in legal practice.
Course materials are “logically put together”. LPC students are also given external materials, such as those published by the Oxford University Press – “that’s not something my friends on other LPCs received”. A big bonus is that exams are generally open book; LPCers are allowed to bring in their course materials and written notes.
There’s a broad spread of private client and commercial modules on offer, split into private client and commercial modules. On the private client side, there’s family, employment, housing, personal injury and immigration law. On the commercial side, there’s litigation, property, commercial and private acquisitions, as well as entertainment and media law.
The student law clinic gives LPCers the opportunity to do work experience right on campus. Supervised by a qualified solicitor or barrister, students can get involved with “real client cases” that span three key practice areas: family law, land law, and claims against public bodies. Meanwhile, the law school runs a mentoring scheme that pairs students with mentors working in a practice area that matches their interests.