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Common Professional Exam - GDL

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Qualification type

CPE - Common Professional Examination

Subject areas

Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This Common Professional Exam will give you a sound knowledge of the seven areas of law considered fundamental by the professional bodies. GDL/Common Professional Examination course is one of the longest running and highest rated of all such courses in London. The Joint Academic Stage Board (of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board) has given it special commendation for its exceptionally high quality, including teaching, management and careers enhancement initiatives.

The course aims to: develop an understanding of the English legal system to provide a thorough grounding in the foundations of legal knowledge and train you in the professional skills of legal research, analysis and presentation in a friendly and nurturing environment. You may choose your own title for your research dissertation, subject to approval, which gives you the early opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest to you.

On graduation, you will be eligible to undertake either the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course, and from there to proceed either to a training contract with a firm of solicitors or a pupillage in a barrister's chambers. The Common Professional Exam (CPE) is a well-recognised route to a legal career, and many employers in the legal field actively favour postgraduate students who have a proven expertise outside the area of law. Success on the CPE will also enable you to apply to take an LLM if you wish to pursue an academic career or simply to expand your legal knowledge.

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Full time | Moorgate | 1 year | SEP-18

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have a UK first degree at 2.2 or above. Applicants who do not hold a UK first degree must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority or The Bar Standards Board. If you have studied any of the foundation subjects to degree level, you may be able to get exemptions from those subjects and only take the remaining subjects.

University information

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