PgDip / LLM LAW CONVERSION COURSE: INCORPORATING THE CPE

UK Fees

£10490.00

Int. Fees

£16900.00

Overview

Lawyers and academics teach you law and how to think like a lawyer. Located in London, the world’s biggest centre for English law, there are countless opportunities to gain work experience.

The conversion course is for non-law graduates aiming for a career in law. It covers key legal topics which are foundational to eventual professional practice. There are two alternative routes, both of which can lead to the additional award of LLM in Legal Studies. An experienced team of practitioners and academics guide you through the course in a supportive and collaborative way. You have the chance to apply for work experience at LSBU’s Legal Advice Clinic. We run an outstanding programme of career talks by law firms and barristers, ex students and others who will inform and inspire you on career choices.

The course will help students who are undecided about which legal profession to make an informed decision.

Law conversion

Why a Law conversion at LSBU?

Practical law – our lecturers include of solicitors, barristers and academics who as a team have extensive experience of the law in action.
Expert academics – we are a very experienced academic team, some of whom have published guides on the SQE and others who have researched and published on legal education.
Passionate academics – our teachers engage in research and take a critical approach to the areas of law in which they are expert.
Extensive extra-curricular opportunities, such as working at LSBU's Legal Advice Clinic, practising advocacy through mooting, judge marshalling, court assistance schemes and regular dedicated career talks.
Outstanding facilities as well as online support and on-line access to all key textbooks and other support materials.
Alternative qualification with routes to LLM with completion of dissertation in law.
Ranked 12th overall in the UK for Teaching Quality in Law (Sunday Times 2022).
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time LLM Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code5192 Application method Law Central Applications Board
ModePart-time LLM Duration2 years Start dateSeptember Application code5195 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeFull-time PgDip Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code5191 Application method Law Central Applications Board
ModePart-time PgDip Duration2 years Start dateSeptember Application code5194 Application method Direct to LSBU

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level 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.
United Kingdom

£10490.00

Tuition fees for home students

International

£16900.00

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Part-time

    part-time

    PGDip Legal Studies (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £3496.67 International fee: £5633.33
    AOS/LSBU code: 5194 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £6993.34
    International: £11266.66

    LLM Legal Studies (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £3496.67 International fee: £5633.33
    AOS/LSBU code: 5195 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £10490.00
    International: £16900.00

    PGDip Legal Studies (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £3496.67 International fee: £5633.33
    AOS/LSBU code: 5194 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £6993.34
    International: £11266.66

    LLM Legal Studies (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £6993.33 International fee: £11266.67
    AOS/LSBU code: 5195 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £10490.00
    International: £16900.00
  • Full-time

    full-time

    PGDip Legal Studies (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £6993.33 International fee: £11266.67
    AOS/LSBU code: 5191 Session code: 1FS00

    LLM Legal Studies (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £10490.00 International fee: £16900.00
    AOS/LSBU code: 5192 Session code: 1FS00

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 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 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.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time LLM Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 5192 Application method Law Central Applications Board
Mode Part-time LLM Duration 2 years Start date September Application code 5195 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Full-time PgDip Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 5191 Application method Law Central Applications Board
Mode Part-time PgDip Duration 2 years Start date September Application code 5194 Application method Direct to LSBU

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 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 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.

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.

Enrolment

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 Enrolment 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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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 which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.

Modules

Full Time Mode

Semester 1 Core (September-Middle of January)

  • Introduction to the English legal system (Compulsory-short module)
    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.
  • Obligations 1 (law of contract) (Compulsory-Module)
    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) (Compulsory-Module)
    You'll learn about civil liability in tort, focusing on an in-depth analysis of negligence based liability, defences and vicarious liability. You’ll develop your legal skills by researching and applying the law to problem scenarios based on the kind of claims seen in real-world cases. You’ll discuss and critically evaluate the development of the law, including the central role of policy and academic, political and social commentary. The skills and knowledge gained in the module will assist you as you progress onto the SQE/Bar Training Courses or other graduate career opportunities.
  • Land law (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Equity and trusts (Compulsory-Module)
    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).
  • Semester 2 Core (End of January - End of May)

  • Criminal law (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Law of the European Union (Compulsory-Module)
    This module considers the law of the European Union in the context of Brexit. Given the political and legal importance of the EU and the new relationship with the UK, this module considers key issues and rights associated with the EU, as well as the new and emerging legal issues emerging from Brexit.
  • Public law (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Project module (Compulsory-Module)
    The project module 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. As a trainee or pupil, you may find yourself deploying the skills developed by this module from day one when asked to undertake research into and updating of legal issues.

Semester 3 Core ( End of May - September)

  • 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.

Modules

Part Time Mode

Year 1 Semester 1 Core (September-Middle of January)

  • Introduction to the English legal system (Compulsory-short module)
    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.
  • Obligations 1 (law of contract) (Compulsory-Module)
    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) (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Year 1 Semester 2 Core (End of January - End of May)

  • Law of the European Union (Compulsory-Module)
    This module considers the law of the European Union in the context of Brexit. Given the political and legal importance of the EU and the new relationship with the UK, this module considers key issues and rights associated with the EU, as well as the new and emerging legal issues emerging from Brexit.
  • Public law (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Year 2 Semester 1 Core (September-Middle of January)

  • Land law (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Equity and trusts (Compulsory-Module)
    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).
  • Year 1 Semester 2 Core (End of January - End of May)

  • Criminal law (Compulsory-Module)
    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.
  • Project module (Compulsory-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. As a trainee or pupil, you may find yourself deploying the skills developed by this module from day one when asked to undertake research into and updating of legal issues.
  • Semester 3 Core ( End of May - September)

  • 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

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Employability Service

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 take advantage of a wide range of self-help employability tools. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with our Employability Consultants, who are always available to help you take the next step in your career development.
  • Our Careers Hub offers tailored workshops on CVs, LinkedIn, Interview Preparation and Job Hunting, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Employability

This course can lead to a variety of careers in law. It meets the first requirement, for the academic component, for qualification to the Bar for intending barristers. It provides a foundation for students who later intend to prepare for the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) for those intending to qualify down that route. Both the PG Dip and the LLM award are nationally recognised qualifications which represent high level legal knowledge and skills attained on the course. The LLM is also an internationally recognised qualification representing in addition to attainment of legal knowledge and skills, research accomplishment in a specialised area based upon dissertation work.

Please see these links for training requirements for the Bar and for the solicitor profession.

Solicitor and 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.

Time and experience on this course will also help students who wish  to take steps towards a legal career but are undecided about the direction they wish to go.

LLM award

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 are not required to attend class when researching and writing your dissertation and you'll therefore be able to enrol on post conversion courses starting the September after course completion of the taught modules.

Professional links

LSBU Law has a strong tradition of supporting human rights and access to justice. This is reflected in the talks and events organized by the law school and visiting professors and lecturers, these include Imran Khan, one of the best-known human rights and criminal lawyers who represented the parents of Stephen Lawrence; Joel Bennathan, QC, Barrister whose work includes representing victims of torture and Sir Geoffrey Bindman, QC, one of the country's leading human rights lawyers.

Teaching and Assessment

Legal knowledge and skills are introduced and developed on this course. Delivery consists of a mixture of lectures, which are recorded, and smaller group meetings (seminars). Classes and learning is geared towards ensuring students are prepared for assessments and that they can succeed in them. This means that exam technique and problem solving approaches are introduced in seminars and space is given to practice. The course is well supported by online materials and resources, which can be accessed off-campus. All necessary learning material and resources are provided. At the end of the course students have a sound understanding of English law as well as an introduction to European law which provides a solid grasp of the structure and operation of the English legal system. This course fulfils the academic component for initial Bar training and provides a solid foundation for a preparatory course for the solicitor SQE.

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