London Metropolitan University was established in 2002 when London Guildhall University and the University of North London merged. The resulting institution is the capital’s largest unitary university with 10 departments offering over 400 courses.
The University has a reputation for being culturally diverse with approximately 8,000 of its 34,000 students being international, coming from over 150 different countries. In addition to students, the University has 3,300 members of staff.
The institution has achieved recognition at the highest levels both nationally and internationally for its academic standards and for the quality of the facilities provided. In particular the Law School, which is one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. It boasts approximately 100 specialist members of academic staff based over its two campuses, offering a large range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.
The University as a whole is made up of over 20 buildings on 2 campuses. Some of its most notable features include a £30 million science park, a graduate centre designed by the acclaimed Architect, Daniel Liebskind and a technology tower housing over 700 computers.
There are also seven libraries, an international standard sports facility, a state of the art flight simulator and 3 nursuries for students with childcare. Pretty comprehensive we think!
The Law Department itself benefits from a specialist law library providing a wide range of books, legal journals and access to various online resources. The specialist law librarians are always on hand to offer valuable assistance if required. The Department also has its own IT facilities and undergraduate centre.
The mock courtroom is situated on the City campus and is home to the annual mooting competition, providing students with the opportunity to present arguments in a way that will prepare them for the future.
The lecture theatres and seminar rooms vary in size and quality. Many of them have been or are in the process of being renovated. Lecture theatres are well equipped with all the standard features (microphones, projectors for PowerPoint presentations etc). The seminar rooms are sufficient for their purpose but do not offer anything exceptional in terms of comfort and facilities.
The quality of the teaching is generally high. Obviously the style and subject matter of some lecturers is more appealing to certain students than others and this determines whether a class is enjoyable or not. On the whole students seem to have a positive relationship with the teaching staff, who are generally very approachable and supportive.
Students normally take 4 modules per semester amounting to 12 hours of teaching time a week (this is made up of a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar for each module). Students are then required to devote the rest of their time to private study (at least 6 hours per module, per week is expected).
The University is set in the heart of London and is therefore on the doorstep of some of the city’s most impressive museums and galleries. You will never run out of things to do or see living in this exciting city, which is extremely well connected with a reliable tube service and regular buses running through the night.
The course fees for the LLB are £3,145 a year, and accommodation costs start from £98 per week, plus a £250 deposit and £350 to cover utility bills. With regards to extra curricular costs, you will have the opportunity to join various clubs and societies, all of which require an initial membership fee. It is highly recommended that you join the Law Society as it is a valuable resource both academically and socially.
The University is very supportive of its students and plenty of advice and assistance is offered when it comes to considering further study and/or future employment. In fact London Metropolitan University itself offers the LPC and other post-graduate law courses.
As for the careers centre, it provides everything you would expect from a well-funded service; CV workshops, application advice and interview preparation techniques. On the whole, a very nice little package!
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|240 UCAS points
£3145 per year
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