London has several large universities with separate law schools that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs for students seeking legal diplomas and degrees. They work closely with legal societies and draw their faculties in part from those practicing in the legal profession. The schools also offer courses in various specialisations, including corporate law, entertainment law, or international banking law.
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City Law School, City University London
This Law School is one of the 31 colleges belonging to City University London. It offers a graduate diploma in law (GDL) in a one-year course. Qualifying students will be non-law graduates who will be taught the foundational subjects that are typically required for an undergraduate law degree. As well, they will study legal ethics and learn how to use legal databases and research legal materials. The graduate entry program for bachelors of laws degrees (LLB) allows non-law graduates to earn their LLB in two years. These studies qualify students to continue on to the legal practice course if they want to become a solicitor, or the bar professional training course to become a barrister.
City Law School
City University London
London, EC1V 0HB
44 (0)20 7040 3309
School of Law, University of Westminster
This university in the heart of London, which opened in 1838 as Britain's first polytechnic university, is closely involved with London's professional, business, and academic communities. Its School of Law specialises in studies from the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX). The ILEX is a professional body comprised of approximately 22,000 training and legal executives, and is recognised by the Ministry of Justice as being one of the core routes to becoming a qualified lawyer. Undergraduate courses provide bachelor of laws degrees (LLB) for several specialities including Commercial Law and European Legal Studies. Westminster also has postgraduate courses offering LLB and master of Laws degrees (LLM) for specialities including Corporate Finance Law, Entertainment Law, and International Banking Law. Professional Law courses offer a graduate diploma in law (GDL) and ILEX Graduate Entry Diplomas (GED), as well as single-course law diplomas.
University of Westminster: School of Law
4-12 Little Titchfield Street
44 (0)20 7911 5000
London South Bank University
This university, established in 1892, is located near the London Bridge; it enrols over 25,000 students, making it one of the largest universities in London. It works closely with the community and has strong links with local schools and colleges as well as the local and national legal professionals who help to design and deliver some of its law courses. Continuing Professional Development courses (CPD) are offered for local practitioners. South Bank works closely with the London Law Society and the British East West Centre. Part-time and full-time courses include undergraduate courses with bachelor of law degrees (LLB) and a wide range of postgraduate courses with masters in Laws (LLM) including specialities like Common Law and Crime and Litigation Law. As well, the university offers postgraduate diplomas in legal studies and the Common Professional Examination (CPE).
London South Bank University
90 London Road
44 (0)20 7815 6125
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