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CPE - Common Professional Examination

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Course Summary

This course is an ideal stepping stone into either a full-time law career or advanced legal study at Masters Level. If you do not have an LLB awarded by a university of England and Wales, by completing this course you can then undertake the Bar Professional Training course or the Legal Practice Course, depending on whether you aspire to qualify as a barrister or a solicitor. This course you will learn through a combination of guided self-study, face-to-face teaching sessions and an assessment scheme designed to help you learn, as well as assess your progress and achievement. The first two weeks of the course will see you attend our induction sessions, helping you settle into University life and the course itself. You will then receive weekly lectures and attend fortnightly seminars, as well as workshop sessions on particular topics. This course you will also have the unique opportunity to undertake a US internship through our Centre for American Legal Studies, gaining practical experience in federal and public state defenders offices, private attorney offices and American university law schools.

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Full time | City Centre Campuses | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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You will examine the EU?s historical and political background as an organisation, its impact on EU citizens and its relationship to the UK?s constitutional system. Throughout the module there will be an emphasis on the further development of legal skills, including independent and group research.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The GDL/CPE is primarily aimed at non-law graduates, so a good Bachelor's degree is usually a minimum requirement. The Bachelor's degree must be conferred by a University in the UK or Ireland . We normally look for at least a good lower 2nd Class Honours degree, although we will consider applications from those who fall below this. There are exceptions made to the requirement for a Bachelor's degree for some legal executives and other mature applicants. For those who are interested in a career at the bar, students will need a minimum of a lower 2nd Class Honours degree. If applicants have an oversees degree or do not have an undergraduate degree they will need to contact the Bar Standards Board in the 1st instance for them to make a decision about whether they would be eligible. If they are eligible to join the GDL/CPE they will be issued with a letter to confirm their suitability to start the course (A certificate of Academic Standing). Please note that some BPTC providers require a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree. If applicants have an overseas degree and may want to become a barrister they must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board before they start the GDL/CPE, otherwise they may not be able to qualify as a barrister. If applicants have an oversees degree and know they do not want to become a barrister, then they will not need a certificate of academic standing so they should forward copies of their educational certificates along with their application.