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Law Conversion Course: incorporating the CPE Common Professional Exam (CPE) / Postgraduate Diploma / LLM

Overview

The Law Conversion Course is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the Common Professional Exam (CPE) requirements of the professional bodies including 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.

6 reasons to study here

Established course: taught by long serving experienced staff some of whom teach or have taught on LPC and Bar courses
Top-up qualification: Routes to LLM with completion of dissertation in law (subject to grades and dissertation fee)
Career enhancing: Opportunities for extra curricular activities including mooting, judge marshalling, Legal Advice Clinic, court assistance scheme and a programme of law dedicated careers talks
Great resources: All teaching materials supplied including an iPad
Alternative route: The Law Conversion Course is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law.
Specialist focus: LSBU law engaged in promoting access to legal education and access to justice as well as  protection of human rights

Transform your career

With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students. Study law in the heart of the capital - connected and convenient, with excellent transport options and a short walk from the Royal Courts of Justice.

Steps to becoming a solicitor or barrister

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.

LSBU was more affordable than other universities which meant I could complete the course in one year rather than having to pay part-time fees over two years. It made a real difference.

Franco I. Chung

Experienced tutors

The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors most of whom are solicitors or barristers which provides you with invaluable insight into the details of legal principals and real case examples.

Routes of study

Route 1: Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies incorporating the CPE.  The PG Diploma can be topped –up by undertaking a 15,000 dissertation in the following academic year.

The table at the bottom of this page summaries the key features of the two routes

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

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

Case studies

Modules

You'll study seven modules required by the professional bodies for students intending to apply for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC):

    • 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 comprises the completion of a 4000 word extended essay, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff, based on the analysis of legal literature which takes differing interpretations over an issue related to law or its underlying theories. Its aim 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 for the award of LLM

  • 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.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by exams, exams plus coursework or presentations.

Award

X8 modules = PgDip + CPE
X8 modules and dissertation = LLM

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 Diploma 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 and Solicitors Regulation Authority 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).

The LSBU Employability Service helped improve my application technique to make my CV stand out and I then secured work placements and a training contract.

Jan Lee

LLM award

Our LLM routes give  added value over a regular CPE (GDL) course.

There are two routes (please visit the entry requirements tab to see our comparative chart) to the LLM which requires you to complete a supervised 15000 word dissertation. 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 successful completion of the PgDip in Legal Studies. Though students should take advice if submitting in January about managing the workload.

DAS Scholarship

In 2017 one of our students was successfully supported to secure a DAS scholarship for study of the Legal Practice Course –see this link for information about the scholarship and applying for it: Diversity Access Scheme.

The staff at LSBU were incredibly helpful. I met with Alan Birkbeck and Sara Chandler to prep for my interview.

Helen Mead

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.

Placements

Staff


Louise Andronicou

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Associate Professor; Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, Schools of Law and Social Sciences and Arts and Creative Industries

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: Course Director of LLB

Alan is the Course Director of LLB Law and related courses, a Senior Lecturer and a barrister.  Alan specialises in Advocacy, Criminal Evidence, Criminal litigation, and Public law.


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

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.


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, 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.

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 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 normally eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course.
  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university and:
    1. 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.
    2.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.
    3.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.
  • 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 Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Course entry comparison table

Key FeaturesPG Dip Legal Studies RouteLLM Legal Studies Route
Length of course9 month (FT)
2 years (PT)
12 months (FT)
2 years (PT)
DatesSeptember - June
(with resit period in August)
September - September
Includes CPEYesYes
Number of CPE modules8 plus ELS (entry into legal studies) introduction8 plus ELS (entry into legal studies) introduction
Includes dissertationNoYes - but subject to completing successfully all taught modules 
Top-upCan enrol for dissertation in September following successful completion of PG Dip to top-up to LLMN/a
CostPlease see fees and funding tabPlease see fees and funding tab
Eligible for postgraduate loanNoYes

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

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). 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.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

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 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5192Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5193Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £2900
International £4375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5800International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 5191Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £5800
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5195Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5196Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £2900
International £4375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5194Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £5800
International £8750

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

Please view our course comparison table for more information in making the right choice.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

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

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

At the current time, no details have been published regarding the Postgraduate Loan Scheme for 2017/18. The arrangements for 2016/17 are shown as a guide, but should not be relied upon. Details will be updated as soon as they are published by Student Finance England.

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,000 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study 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 How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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 2020 or possibly later.

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. Click the link which follows for advice from the President of the Supreme Court 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: https://www.supremecourt.uk/docs/speech-121120.pdf

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