Law Conversion Course - Legal Studies Common Professional Exam (CPE) / PgDip / LLM
A conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. The course satisfies all the requirements of the professional bodies (represented by the Joint Academic Stage Board). On successfully completing the CPE you are eligible to enter the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for intending barristers), which has some additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency.
The primary aims of the course are to ensure that you achieve a sound understanding of English law covered in the seven foundation subjects, which provides 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.
The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors most of whom are solicitors or barristers.
10 months (Sept - July)
20 months (Sept - July)
All modules are assessed by coursework, exam, presentations, etc.
- Introduction/English legal system
- Law of the European Union
- Obligations 1 (law of contract)
- Obligations 2 (law of tort)
- Public law
- Land law
- Criminal law
- Equity and trusts
- Dissertation (for the award of LLM)
- X8 modules = PgDip + CPE
- X8 modules and dissertation = LLM
Unlike a Graduate Diploma in Law our PgDip Legal Studies+CPE is a postgraduate level qualification. After successfully completing the course you'll accumulate sufficient postgraduate credits to be eligible to submit for the further award of LLM by dissertation.
The LLM is an optional qualification additional to your Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies. To obtain the LLM you must successfully complete a supervised 15,000 word dissertation for which preparation has already been undertaken by your successful completion of the project module forming part of the programme leading to the PgDip Legal Studies+CPE. The Masters dissertation is usually submitted in the semester following completion of the PgDip Legal Studies+CPE. You'll not be required to attend classes 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 successful completion of the PgDip in Legal Studies.
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.
Joint Academic Stage Board
This course is fully recognised by the Joint Academic Stage Board 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 (with additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency).
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
The course begins with the fundamental aspects of the English legal system followed by a range of more specific modules and your choice of project dealing with an area of law.
|Monday||Public law (from 10.00)||Criminal law (from 14.00)|
|Tuesday||Obligations 2: law of torts (from 10.00)||Obligations 2: law of torts (seminar from 14.00)||Criminal law (seminar from 15.30)|
|Thursday||Equity and trusts (from 10.00)||Equity and trusts (seminar from 14.00)||Public law (seminar from 15.30)|
Part time students are also expected to occasional Saturday and extra evenings in the first three weeks.
|Monday||Public law (from 18.00)|
|Wednesday||Obligations 2: law of torts (from 18.00)|
- 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 that you 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. Please note however that by virtue of the regulations of the Bar Standards Board, students with a third class honours degree or its equivalent are not eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course.
- Overseas graduates and mature applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university must obtain a certificate of academic standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (for intending solicitors) or from the Bar Standards Board (for intending barristers). While receipt of a certificate from either professional body will be sufficient for establishing eligibility to be considered for a place on the course, if you are unsure as to which branch of the profession you wish to join, you may wish to obtain the certificate from both professional bodies.
- Competence in the English language is required to be offered a place on the course.
- 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 a TOFL score of 580 (print based)or a score of 90 (internet-based or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
How to apply
|Mode||Duration||Start date||Application code||Application method|
10 months (Sept - July)
20 months (Sept - July)
Full-time and part-time postgraduate students apply to the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for postgraduate students.
Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.
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Fees and funding
LSBU will be publishing fees for the academic year 2014/15 as of December 2013. The figures listed below for academic year 2013/14 are the latest available. The fees shown are for new entrants to programmes. Continuing LSBU students should refer to myLSBU fees section for guidance.
|UK/EU fee: £3780||International fee: £3780|
|AOS/LSBU code: 3679||Session code: 1FS00|
|UK/EU fee: £1890||International fee: £1890|
|AOS/LSBU code: 3680||Session code: 1PS00|
The individual Tuition Fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. The majority of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Vice-Chancellor Scholarship. Through it, up to 12 UK, EU or International students could receive up to £4,000 towards fees for their full Masters levelprogramme or Research degree. The LSBU Graduate Scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount on their taught postgraduate Tuition Fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. All final year LSBU undergraduates, achieving a 2:1 or higher, who progress directly onto an LSBU postgraduate taught course receive a 25% discount off their fees. Find out more about scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students.
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Prepare to start
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Enrolment and Orientation
Once you have accepted your place to study at LSBU you'll be invited to join our Enrolment and Orientation process. Enrolment is the formal process where you officially become an LSBU student. Enrolment takes place during the very first days of the new academic year. On completing the enrolment process, some of which is online and some face-to-face on campus, new students formally join the University. You'll need to confirm your qualifications by showing all relevant certificates and prove your identity.
By early September, all new students will be given details about the time and location of their University Orientation. This is when they are welcomed to the University and your Faculty, and receive information about your course and the University's extensive services, so that you have all the essential information you need before your lectures and classes begin.
Preparatory Reading List
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).
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