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Law Conversion Course: incorporating the CPE - PgDip / LLM

Overview

Official conversion

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.

Law conversion

Why a Law conversion at LSBU?

Routes to LLM with completion of dissertation in law.
We offer opportunities for mooting, judge marshalling, court assistance schemes and dedicated careers talks.
All teaching materials supplied including an iPad or tablet.
Expert academics – our teachers are qualified solicitors and barristers, passing on their insights, real-world case expertise and passion for law.
Outstanding facilities – we'll equip you with an iPad or tablet, complete online support and access to a personal law e-library worth £6000.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time LLM
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time LLM
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

Modules

Routes of study

Route 1: Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies incorporating the CPE.  The PG Diploma can be topped up to an LLM by undertaking a 15,000 dissertation in the following academic year.

Route 2: LLM in Legal Studies incorporating the CPE. This course is based upon Route 1 with a dissertation module added. This route is intensive and demanding as students study for the taught modules alongside work on the 15,000 dissertation, completed over the summer period for submission in September.

  • Introduction to the English legal system
    You'll be introduced to the basic structure of the English Legal System and the essential aspects of civil and criminal litigation. You'll explore sources of law and key skills such as statutory interpretation, reading of law reports and the concept of judicial precedent. This introductory course will assist you in the study of the core modules, where legal skills will be developed further.
  • Law of the European Union
    Law of the European Union reflects the importance of EU law in the English Legal system. It is important to the management of the UK economy and relevant to the financial practitioners in the City. Business leader's decisions are influenced by EU competition law. It is important to migrants and practitioners of immigration law, to consumers and trading standards officials, to all employees through employment law and to all of us in relation to the environment.
  • Obligations 1 (law of contract)
    This module covers the principles of English contract law, sources, development, application in context and reform and includes reference to European developments.  Contract is treated from formation to discharge and remedies with underlying concepts, rationales and influences and its relation to other forms of liability. Through the subject treatment, particularly examination of judicial reasoning and legislative technique, knowledge and skills are taught and/or developed. Skills include problem-solving, critical evaluation, reasoned argument and communication.
  • Obligations 2 (law of tort)
    You'll learn about civil liability in tort, focusing on an in-depth analysis of negligence, employers' liability for accidents at work, occupiers' liability for dangerous premises, manufacturers' liability for dangerous products, defences and vicarious liability. You'll develop your legal skills by reading and critically analysing cases and will apply your knowledge to complex, yet everyday, problem scenarios. You'll be encouraged to become critical and independent thinkers, and to communicate your ideas and awareness of the role of policy and the need for reform in the law of tort. In addition to its importance as an area of academic interest, tort is of practical significance to the intending practitioner, featuring heavily in the case scenarios of Legal Practice and Bar Professional Courses, as well as in everyday legal practice.
  • Public law
    You'll study the fundamental laws, practices and principles of Public law which define and influence the relationship between the individual and the state as characterised by various governmental institutions in the UK. Detailed consideration is given to the fundamental mechanisms by which human rights are protected and government is subject to legal and political accountability. Various skills are developed including those of analysis, critical evaluation and problem solving.
  • Land law
    Land law is a study of relationships. You'll 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. You'll look at the rights and duties of each party to that relationship, how these relationships co-exist and what happens when the relationships come into conflict. Land Law governs the relative priorities enjoyed by two or more interests concerning the same piece of land. Land Law creates clear rules and formalities as to how the owner of an interest in land can acquire, transfer or extinguish that interest in land. You'll study the interests over land which Land Law is prepared to recognise and how these interests must be protected to ensure enforceability against third parties.
  • Criminal law
    This module aims to develop your ability to analyse and critically evaluate problems in Criminal Law so that you become independent and reflective legal practitioners able to contribute to public debate on legal issues. The main areas taught are: murder, manslaughter, non-fatal offences against the person including sexual offences and a variety of property offences including theft and fraud, accomplice liability and inchoate offences. You'll have additional support by way of on-line quizzes and narrated summaries.
  • Equity and trusts
    Principles of Equity are vital in the administration of justice.  The 'trust' is a legal doctrine developed from those principles of equity which is fundamental to the commercial, business and employment worlds (pensions) and to individuals in the gifting of their property (personal trusts; wills).
  • Project module
    The project module satisfies the requirement of the academic stage of legal education that one other area of legal study must be successfully undertaken in addition to the seven modules which constitute the "Foundations of Legal Knowledge." It requires completion of a 4000 piece of coursework under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Students will undertake analysis of legal literature considering alternative interpretations and or underlying theories. The broad aim of the module is to foster the development of the key elements of legal reasoning and legal method, research methods used in the conduct of autonomous research in law or law related topics as well as the development of skills in relation to the review and evaluation of journal articles, advanced texts and other secondary legal material.
  • Dissertation (LLM only)
    This is an optional module as it is not required to complete the academic stage of legal education and so is not required to obtain the postgraduate diploma in legal studies and the common professional examination. Its successful completion is required to obtain the LLM. A prerequisite to undertake this module is the successful completion and award of the postgraduate diploma in legal studies and the common professional examination. It comprises the completion of a 15,000 word Master's level dissertation under the supervision of an appropriate academic member of staff. It requires the student to independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic and theoretical foundations. The module builds upon the research skills already acquired in the successful completion of the postgraduate diploma in legal studies and common professional examination.

Course entry comparison table

Key Features PG Dip Legal Studies Route LLM Legal Studies Route
Length of course 9 month (FT)
2 years (PT)
12 months (FT)
2 years (PT)
Dates September - June
(with resit period in August)
September - September
Includes CPE Yes Yes
Number of CPE modules 8 plus ELS (entry into legal studies) introduction 8 plus ELS (entry into legal studies) introduction
Includes dissertation No Yes - but subject to completing successfully all taught modules 
Top-up Can enrol for dissertation in September following successful completion of PG Dip to top-up to LLM N/a
Cost Please see fees and funding tab Please see fees and funding tab
Eligible for postgraduate loan No Yes

Employability

Solicitor or Barrister

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.

BSB and SRA

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). Please note the SRA is proposing to make important changes to the route to qualification for solicitors. Please see the SRA's web pages.

LLM award

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. Please visit the Modules tab to see our comparative chart. Depending on the route you take, you will submit in September of the year you complete all the taught modules or in January of the following academic year following completion of the taught modules.  Part-time mode may allow submission at a later point.

You’ll not be required to attend class when researching and writing your dissertation and you'll therefore be able to enrol on the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course in the September following the completion of the PgDip.

DAS Scholarship

In 2017, one of our students secured DAS scholarship for study of the Legal Practice Course: Diversity Access Scheme.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff


Louise Andronicou

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Associate Professor, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, School of Law and Social Sciences

Louise is an Associate Professor specialising in Land Law, as well as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions for the Schools of Law and Social Sciences and Arts and Creative Industries.


Tracey Aquino

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Tracey Aquino is an accomplished and innovative lecturer in law with a comprehensive blend of hands-on professional and academic teaching experience.


Alan Birbeck

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director Undergraduate Law Programmes

Alan is the Course Director of LLB Law and Undergraduate Law courses, a Senior Lecturer in Law and a practising barrister. Alan has Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Authority.


Prof. Sara Chandler

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Visiting Professor in Clinical Legal Education

Sara is a housing solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant law. She works in London South Bank University's Legal Advice Clinic.


Michael Pugh

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Michael teaches contract law on the CPE and aspects of international business law on the LLM in International Commercial Law.


Dr Michael Rodney

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Course Director LLM Civil Litigation

Dr Michael Rodney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Social Sciences.


Kim Silver

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kim Silver is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Division, where she leads final year project modules.


Paul Wynell-Sutherland

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Paul is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Social Sciences.


Facilities

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.

Entry requirements

  • 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

  • By virtue of the regulations of the Bar Standards Board, students with a third class honours degree or its equivalent are not normally eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course. Favourable consideration will be given to those with work experience.

  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university and:

    • You wish to become a barrister, you must have a Certificate of Academic Standing (CoAS) issued by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) proving your eligibility to join the LLM/PGDLS+CPE.  Without this CoAS, progress to the next stage Bar course (BPTC) will be blocked – even though you were admitted to a CPE course and passed the CPE. You are not required by this University to have a CoAS from the BSB to join the LLM/PGDLS+CPE.  However, unless you are certain you will never want to become a barrister, you should consider obtaining one before your CPE course commences.
    • If you wish to become a solicitor, your eligibility to join our LLM/PGDLS+CPE course is decided solely by this University considering your academic qualifications and work experience. If you already have a CoAS from the SRA (who no longer issue them), we will consider it if still within its expiry date.
  • If you are not a national of the UK or Ireland or of a majority English-speaking country, you may have to demonstrate proficiency in English. This can be evidenced by an IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5191
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5194
Application method
Mode
Full-time LLM
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5192
Application method
Mode
Part-time LLM
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5195
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 298 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 448 KB).

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5192Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £3045International fee: £4593.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5193Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £6090International fee: £9186.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5191Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £3045International fee: £4593.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5195Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £3045International fee: £4593.34
AOS/LSBU code: 5196Session code: 1PS00
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £3045International fee: £4593.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5194Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £6090
International £9186.66

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 146 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Stories

Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Preparatory Reading

For information about the CPE and the Academic Stage of training to become a lawyer, visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority page.

You should also be aware of proposed changes to qualification as a solicitor that will come into effect in Autumn 2021.

You'll be given a reading list at the start of the course. In the meantime you may want to read generally about the practice of law or the legal system: Glanville Williams' Learning the Law is a good introduction (be sure to check it is the latest edition).

The following websites are useful for students to also review: Guardian Law student guide section, The Student Lawyer, and Legal Cheek.

You could search the internet for advice and tips to develop skills to write with clarity and simplicity. The President of the Supreme Court wrote to fellow judges on the need and benefits for clear writing. Though he was primarily addressing judges, his advice applies to all who would be lawyers.

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