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Law Conversion Course: incorporating the CPE - PgDip / LLM

Law Conversion Course: incorporating the CPE - PgDip / LLM

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Full time | Southwark Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

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Course Summary


This accredited conversion course is for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the Common Professional Exam (CPE) requirements of the professional bodies: the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority. There are two alternative routes, both of which can lead to the additional award of LLM in Legal Studies.


This course can lead to one of many careers in law from a professional qualification as solicitor or barrister to a wide variety of careers in both public and private sectors. While our graduates may go on to join professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, the PgDip is also useful for numerous jobs that value skills in analysis, clear communication, efficient organisation and reasoned persuasion. This course is fully recognised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and constitutes completion of the Academic Stage of Training for the purposes of further study on either the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for intending barristers). Our LLM routes give added value over a regular CPE (GDL) course. Routes to the LLM require you to complete a supervised 15000 word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The primary aims of the course are to ensure that you achieve a sound understanding of English law covered in the seven foundation subjects, providing a solid grasp of the structure and operation of the English legal system. Classes consist of a mixture of lectures and smaller group meetings where exam technique and problem solving approaches are practiced. The course is well supported by online materials and search resources, which can be accessed off-campus. You'll have free access to OUP Law TROVE to access books for all foundation subjects.

Students can also exit with PGDip Award.


Land law is a study of relationships. You will study the relationship between the land and the rights which can exist in or over it, the relationship between the various persons who own an estate or interest over the land or want to defeat the competing interests in or over the land.

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Entry requirements

Students need any undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university or its equivalent in any discipline with a minimum of a 2.2 classification or its equivalent and those students are considered to be suitable to undertake the course. Exceptionally, favourable consideration will be given to those with a third class honours undergraduate degree or its equivalent, after having taken into account the applicant's work experience, other relevant experience and circumstances together with the applicant's commitment to the course. Students with a third class honours degree or its equivalent are not normally eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course. If they do not have an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university and Students wish to become a barrister, they must have a Certificate of Academic Standing (CoAS) issued by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) proving their eligibility to join the LLM/PGDLS+CPE. Without this CoAS, progress to the next stage bar course (BPTC) will be blocked – even though they were admitted to a CPE course and passed the CPE. If they wish to become a solicitor, student’s eligibility to join our LLM/PGDLS+CPE course is decided solely by this University considering their academic qualifications and work experience. If they already have a CoAS from the SRA (who no longer issue them), we will consider it if still within its expiry date. Students are not required by this University to have a CoAS from the BSB to join the LLM/PGDLS+CPE.