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The Law Conversion Course - Legal Studies Common Professional Exam (CPE) is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. Read more
The Law Conversion Course - Legal Studies Common Professional Exam (CPE) is an accredited conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. It satisfies all the requirements of the professional bodies including the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

5 reasons to study here

1. Great resources: All teaching materials supplied including an iPad
2. Established course: taught by long serving experienced staff some of whom teach or have taught on LPC and Bar courses
3. Top-up qualification: Option to LLM with completion of dissertation in law (subject to grades and dissertation fee)
4. 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
5. 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.

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
Law of the European Union
Obligations 1 (law of contract)
Obligations 2 (law of tort)
Public law
Land law
Criminal law
Equity and trusts
Project module
Dissertation (LLM only)

Assessment

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

Award

x 8 modules = PgDip + CPE
x 8 modules and dissertation = LLM

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.

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).

LLM Progression:

Unlike a Graduate Diploma in Law our PgDip Legal Studies plus 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 plus CPE. The Masters dissertation is usually submitted in the semester following completion of the PgDip Legal Studies plus 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.

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.

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Law affects all of our lives and the knowledge of law increases our understanding of the society and the world in which we live. Read more
Law affects all of our lives and the knowledge of law increases our understanding of the society and the world in which we live. These Law (LLB) degree programmes provide a liberal education in Law, or in Law combined with another discipline, to promote such an awareness and to allow those who so wish to progress to careers in the legal professions.

This course is especially designed for people who have previously undertaken higher education and wish to study for a bachelor degree in Law. This may include:

Graduates who have successfully completed an honours degree in another subject at Bangor or another accredited institution
IELTS 6.5 (International Candidates)
Equivalent experience
As this is a qualifying law degree, on a successful completion of the 2 year programme, LLB graduates may progress onto a Legal Practice Course (LPC) to become a solicitor or onto BVC training to become a barrister.

In each academic year, students will undertake modules to the value of 120 credits in a combination of law courses addressing the issues of Public Law, Private Law and Property Law.

The first year involves the study of 6 compulsory double-modules (20 credits each) in law across Semesters 1 and 2. The second year will also consist of three compulsory double-modules and three optional modules from an approved list of modules according to students’ individual interests.


Modules
During the Law (LLB) degree you will study the seven foundation subjects to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree plus additional legal and/or non-legal subjects which allow for specialisation. You will be encouraged to study in areas which complement your chosen degree scheme.

The Foundations of Legal Knowledge are:

Public Law
Law of the European Union
Criminal Law
Obligations (including Contract, Restitution and Tort)
Property Law
Equity and the Law of Trusts
Legal Research
Year 1
Core modules:

Contract Law
Public Law
Equity and the Law of Trusts
Introduction to Law
Criminal Law
Legal Skills
2nd and Final Year
Core modules:

European Union Law
Land Law
Tort
International Law of Human Rights
2 x Optional modules in Law
Assessment
Each module is assessed separately by means of course work and end of module examination. In Year 1, course work will account for 25% and examinations for 75% of the final mark, whilst in Year 2 and 3, course work will normally account for 33% and examinations for 67% of the final mark. The pass mark in all assessment is 40%.

Second year and final year grades will both contribute to the final degree classification. At the end of Year 3, your final degree classification depends on your overall mark: a weighted average of your Year 2 average mark (one-third weighting) and your Year 3 average mark (two-thirds weighting).

Your final degree classification is determined by your overall mark.

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Our LLM Professional Law course, which incorporates the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) / Common Professional Examination (CPE), will provide you with a Master’s-level qualification. Read more
Our LLM Professional Law course, which incorporates the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) / Common Professional Examination (CPE), will provide you with a Master’s-level qualification. You don't need a Law degree to apply - the course is available to any student with a qualifying honours degree in any subject.

While most providers deliver the course at graduate level as the Common Professional Examination / Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL), we have designed this course so that successful completion provides both a qualification at Master’s level and professional body accreditation.

This course is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales, and upon completion you are eligible to undertake the next stage of legal training (the Legal Practice course if you want to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training course if you want to become a barrister).

Why Choose Us?

-You’ll have regular support from tutors in a friendly and supportive learning environment.
-This course is a conversion LLM – you don’t need a degree in Law to be eligible to study it.
-The course is focused on practice-led, skills-based teaching and assessment.
-You may have the opportunity to undertake an internship in the US, strengthening your employability prospects.
-You’ll also have the chance to get involved with pro-bono projects in the UK, as well as other legal work experience that contributes towards your final award for the course.
-Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

Course Structure

For the first part of the course, you will learn primarily through a focus on problem-based learning supported by face-to-face teaching sessions and directed learning exercises provided through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

In this first part of the course (the PGDL stage) you will learn about how to study law and how to present legal argument, as well as the key substantive legal rules and principles relating to certain ‘foundation’ areas of law. For those who have enrolled for the LLM version of the course, the Masters stage of the course enables you to further develop your legal knowledge, research, presentation and analysis skills either in relation to a particular theoretical topic of interest to you or in the context of a practical placement.

Teaching sessions and directed learning exercises will be designed to help develop the skills and techniques needed to successfully complete the module assessments, and to forge a successful career in the legal sector. Engagement with teaching sessions and materials on the VLE is monitored by teaching staff to encourage engagement and provide a basis for individual and group feedback.

There are a range of assessments on the course, including oral assessment, written coursework, portfolios, employer assessment, reflective essays and more traditional exams. The range of assessments has been designed to ensure achievement of the course learning outcomes and the development of skills that we view as essential for a future successful career in practice or the further study of law, while retaining balance to ease assessment pressure points.

Employability

Previous students have gone on to successful careers in the legal professions. We have recent ex-students currently working as solicitors at regional law firms such as Duncan Lewis, Syeds Law Office Solicitors and Wragge & Co, as well as national and international firms, such as and at national and international firms such as DLA Piper. We also have ex-students who have qualified as barristers and one who is a QC.

We also have a number of students who have used the course to further their own business or current career paths and those who have entered non-legal professions (such as banking).

Our GDL includes several ways you can help improve your employability:
-Graduate Plus Scheme
-US internship (within an optional module)
-UK work placement (within an optional module)
-Pro bono projects that provide voluntary legal work experience opportunities and networking opportunities
-Parliament and Supreme Court trip
-Legal careers sessions and networking events
-Debating and Mooting societies

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This intensive course is designed for non-law graduates of any discipline, or overseas law graduates who wish to qualify as either barristers or solicitors. Read more
This intensive course is designed for non-law graduates of any discipline, or overseas law graduates who wish to qualify as either barristers or solicitors. The course begins with a two-week introduction to the English legal system and the legal profession. You will then study the seven foundation subjects.

If you successfully complete the course you will be eligible for entry on to the LLM in Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

We have been successfully running this conversion course since 1977 and our students have taken a variety of first degrees at a wide range of universities. Our teaching team contains a rich mix of those who are professionally qualified and others who are active researchers. The course therefore provides a stimulating learning experience. This is reinforced by our small class sizes and the supportive atmosphere within the Westminster Law School.

Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Law will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of basic legal principles, their application to the formulation and resolution of legal problems, and an enquiring, logical and critical approach to legal analysis. It builds upon the academic and professional expertise previously acquired by graduate students and develops the relevant skills needed to demonstrate competence in legal practice.

By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the areas of law studied, of the legal process and the inter-relationship between different areas of law in a national and European context. You will also be able to identify, find and use a range of sources of legal information to assist in legal research, analyse legal information and apply it to the solution of problems.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
-CONTRACT LAW
-CRIMINAL LAW
-EQUITY AND THE LAW OF TRUSTS
-LAND LAW
-LAW OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
-PUBLIC LAW
-TORT
-PROJECT IN ADDITIONAL AREA OF LAW
-LEGAL SKILLS

Associated careers

The course is designed for those graduates who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. The full-time course also enables overseas students to gain an English law qualification in one year.

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The LLM International Law analyses the how international law operates within the key areas of international human rights and international business law. Read more
The LLM International Law analyses the how international law operates within the key areas of international human rights and international business law.

The end of the Second World War has witnessed not only the creation of numerous international organisations, but also an increased level of global interconnection and the creation of common standards in many areas. International Law has become an important area of study because of the role it plays in regulating the relationships between states and how different states shapes their laws and legal systems.

Therefore the knowledge and understanding of the legal aspects of international law and how international law operates in the areas of international business and international human rights law is an important attribute that is highly regarded by prospective employers such as academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and charities, policy and research organisations, and international organisations.

What's covered in the course?

Our LLM International Law brings together different areas of international law and enables to critically examine how international operates within the fields of human rights and business law. The programme examines international law with the underlying philosophy of providing a structured programme characterised by sound theory and application to produce students capable of engaging with international institutions through their understanding of how law operates at the international level.

Additionally, our LLM provides an opportunity to acquire, or build upon existing skills gained from your undergraduate course - enhancing employment opportunities in the legal profession and providing a basis for progression to doctoral studies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate principle features of international law, including fundamental concepts, values, principles and rules, and the main institutions and procedures. You’ll also learn to evaluate complex legal issues, communicate complex and abstract ideas, and employ strategic transferable skills.

Why Choose Us?

-You will learn from a dedicated and passionate teaching team, who have experience with the international human rights institutions and who have track record of research in the field of international business Law.
-This course is a conversion LLM – you don’t need a degree in Law to be eligible to study it. You will be given support through an Introduction to Law programme at the start of your studies.
-The course covers transnational jurisdictions, so it is international in scope.
-The course has flexible delivery methods to suit your location and when you are able to study. You can enroll as either an on-campus student, flexible/blended learning student or as a distance learning student.
-You can commence studies either in September or in January.
-Studying of the LLM International Law will provide you with an opportunity to engage with the work of the Law School’s Centre for Human Rights.
-You will have an opportunity to enhance your employability skills by completing a placement.
-Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.
-You will be able to benefit from the newly-introduced postgraduate loans. For more information, visit UCAS.

Course Structure

Our LLM is taught by an outstanding team of professionals. You must complete 6 six taught modules and either a dissertation, project or placement.

The programme may be studied on-campus, or on a flexible/blended learning basis or by distance learning, allowing you to access it irrespective of your location. All three modes offer a coherent, staged and progressive learning structure in which you will benefit from teaching which is informed by the research expertise of our academic team. Our approach is experiential and practice-led and will give you opportunities to apply your learning and to develop skills to enhance your employability and career.

This programme will support you in becoming an independent learner during the teaching, learning and assessment process. During induction we will support you in developing key study skills. Throughout the programme you will have the chance to complete activities which will enable you to practice legal skills including legal research, problem-solving, advocacy and drafting in order to develop and practice.

These activities also enable you to practice transferable skills including structuring and presenting arguments, working independently or in teams to complete tasks, oral and written communication, and time management. These skills will be valuable whatever your final choice of future career.

During the September and January terms you will study three 20-credit modules, thereafter you will study one 60-credit module: the LLM dissertation/placement/project module. The 20-credit Advanced Legal Research Methods module (studied in the January term) is delivered online via the Virtual Learning Environment, providing maximum flexibility.

For on-campus students there is an opportunity to study abroad and this offers a unique and exciting opportunity for you to experience the teaching environment from a different perspective, in another country, helping you to become a true globalized citizen. For all students further opportunities are also available to undertake a placement and obtain practical experience of how International Law operates.

Employment Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement as an alternative to a dissertation. In addition we have active, student-led Legal, Mooting and Debate Societies.

Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England, with our students reaching five finals in the past six years, regularly beating teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

We also have a staff and student led Pro-Bono Unit that provides legal advice to the public.

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The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. Read more
The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides a rigorous and challenging learning experience, which is commended by employers. On successful completion of the GDL students can progress to the vocational stage of training; either the Legal Practice Course (LPC), for those wishing to become a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.

Our aim is to consolidate and enhance your intellectual capability for independent learning through legal research, reasoning and argument. You will acquire valuable transferable skills including oral/written communication, group-work, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation, critical thinking and e-presentations.

The GDL is a one year full-time course or two year part-time course. Both courses are available on campus or by way of distance learning.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The course is validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. The course is approved by the Indian Bar Council.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

All seven foundation modules are assessed by coursework and exam. Examinations are held at the end of the semester in which the module has been taught. Lawyers’ Skills is assessed by an online assessment on the English Legal System and by a moot.

Students will complete an Independent Legal Research Project on a topic of their choice. This is a 5,000 word dissertation and is an opportunity for students to pursue their interest in an area of law which falls outside the foundation modules.

FURTHER INFORMATION

-A long standing and experienced provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses
-Dedicated and well qualified staff with an emphasis on small group teaching
-Strong academic provision and pastoral support
-A maximum of 40 students on the full time course and 30 students on each year of the part-time course
-Excellent careers advice and support both within the Law School and from the University Careers Service
-Detailed study materials and module handbooks prepared by the course team
-Excellent online support for both the campus and distance learning course
-An opportunity to complete your independent research project on any topic of your choosing
-A guaranteed place on the LPC with a discount on fees
-Close links with the professions and extra-curricular events
-Access to all of the facilities which a large university has to offer

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. The majority of small group teaching sessions will take place in the impressive Harris Building, the home of Lancashire Law School. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. The Harris Building is also the location for the Law School's dedicated moot court room which contains a mock-up of a real court room for educational use. All small group teaching rooms, contain audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience. There are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the Law School. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library and our extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from within and outside the jurisdiction on campus and remotely.

The distance learning course is delivered using the latest in teaching technology with interactive workbooks including text, audio and video files as well as self-test questions. Interaction with tutors and fellow students is done using synchronous discussion boards and video links.

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Also known as the Common Professional Exam, this is a one-year conversion course for non-law graduates or those who have a law degree from another country. Read more

About the course

Also known as the Common Professional Exam, this is a one-year conversion course for non-law graduates or those who have a law degree from another country. You can fast-track your way to the next stage of legal training to become either a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales.

Who we are

We’re a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people’s lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

We offer a wide range of law and criminology courses. Our leading criminology courses are delivered by internationally-renowned academics within our Centre for Criminological Research; one of the four original criminological centres of excellence in the UK.

Uniquely among English Russell Group law schools, we also offer the opportunity for you to complete both the academic and vocational stages of qualifying as a solicitor in our Centre for Professional Legal Education.

Your career

Our graduates include CEOs, lawyers, partners in big corporate firms, judges and barristers. Others are solicitors, academics, politicians and policy makers or work in criminal justice or at the Home Office.

Many of our graduates become legal practitioners. But you can use your postgraduate training in different ways, including business, policy development, teaching or research. Our staff can support you in whichever path you choose, having a wealth and variety of experience across all these areas.

Your course will give you the opportunity to meet and engage with professional organisations. And our excellent careers service will support you from the outset, helping you to identify your strengths and plan your next move. At the School of Law we also have an in-house careers adviser, offering specialised advice to Legal Practice Course, Graduate Diploma in Law and other postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career in the legal profession.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You’ll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts. Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology. Our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded. It will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession in England or Wales.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library’s online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Core modules

English Legal System; Torts Law; Crime; Contract Law; Public Law; EU Law; Land Law; Equity and Trusts; Legal Research Methods; Company Law.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll attend seminars and be assessed by examination.

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This is an intensive postgraduate conversion course designed for graduates in subjects other than law who wish to qualify to take either the Legal Practice Course (to become solicitors) or the Bar Vocational Course (to become barristers). Read more
This is an intensive postgraduate conversion course designed for graduates in subjects other than law who wish to qualify to take either the Legal Practice Course (to become solicitors) or the Bar Vocational Course (to become barristers). In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The course aims to develop an understanding of the English legal system, to provide a thorough grounding in the foundations of legal knowledge and to 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.

Assessment includes an examination in each of the seven foundation subjects (each worth 10% of the total assessment); a research essay in a legal area entirely of the student's own choice. (worth 10%); four short essays covering different areas of the foundation subjects (worth a total of 10%); and a case and statute analysis exercise (worth 10%).

There is also a test on the English legal system, which you must pass but which does not normally count towards your final assessment.

Modular structure

Following a two-week induction, the course comprises seven taught modules plus a research dissertation in a subject of your own choice. There are additional coursework essays and a case and statute analysis test.

The seven taught modules are the foundation subjects prescribed by the Joint Academic Stage Board on behalf of the Law Society and General Council of the Bar:
-Criminal Law
-Obligations A (Contract)
-Obligations B (Tort)
-Property Law A (Land Law)
-Property Law B (Equity and Trusts)
-UK Public Law and Human Rights
-Law of the European Union
-Eighth Area of legal Study (dissertation)

In the first year, part-time students for the following examinations:
-Obligations A (Contract)
-Obligations B (Tort)
-UK Public Law and Human Rights
-Law of the European Union

After the course

On graduation you will be eligible to undertake either the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Vocational 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 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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This is a one year full-time conversion course for non-law graduates who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Successful completion of the course allows candidates to proceed to the LPC or BPTC. Read more
This is a one year full-time conversion course for non-law graduates who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Successful completion of the course allows candidates to proceed to the LPC or BPTC. It is also available by distance learning. Overseas students should note that the GDL is usually only recognised as a qualifying law programme within the UK.

For non-law graduates interested in becoming a solicitor or barrister, it is the stepping stone to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and a career as a solicitor or barrister thereafter. The course is approved by the Law Society and Bar Standards Board. Lectures and tutorials are designed to encourage interactive learning, where students learn in small groups.

Students who successfully complete this course are guaranteed a place on Nottingham Law School's excellent-rated Legal Practice Course (LPC). Successful candidates intending to be barristers are also looked upon favourably for a place on our Bar Professional Training Course.

Students who successfully complete the GDL followed by Nottingham Law School's LPC or BPTC have the opportunity of obtaining a full LLB (known as a graduate LLB), reflecting the significant effort and achievement of the combination of a GDL and an LPC/BPTC.

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Course formats. All of our taught MSc courses are available in several formats. - 12-month intensive MSc for graduates with a good Honours degree. Read more
Course formats

All of our taught MSc courses are available in several formats:

- 12-month intensive MSc for graduates with a good Honours degree
- 2-year International Masters for overseas students with an ordinary Bachelors degree
- With an optional industrial placement (8-50 weeks of paid work experience)
- Part-time over 3 years

Course overview

This conversion course prepares graduates from any discipline for a career in, or involving, computing. No prior knowledge of computer science is required. A broad introduction is provided, including the key technologies and skills needed for employment. You can explore your personal interests through a variety of optional modules. Advanced intellectual, teamwork, communication and other transferable skills are developed.

Hundreds of past graduates from this course are now working across the globe for companies such as IBM, Cisco, Logica/CMG, Pfizer, Reuters, Shell and Zurich Financial. Some chose technical careers in leading software houses, advanced technology companies or commercial sectors. Others work at the interface between technicians and clients, as systems analysts or consultants. Many now hold senior positions as project leaders or managers. You might like to follow in their footsteps.

Funding is available for well-qualified students of any nationality.

Further details: http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/

Course content (Honours degree entry; see above web page for details of Ordinary degree entry)

If you have not studied programming before, or only a little (introductory stream)

- Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (Java)
- Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (Java)

If you have a good working knowledge of programming (advanced stream)

- Advanced Java for Programmers

Other core modules for all students:

- Software Engineering
- Web-based Information System Development
- Systems Architecture
- Logic and Logic Programming
- Project Research
- Project and Dissertation

Optional modules available to all students (choose 1):

- Advanced English for Academic Study
- Computer Graphics and Animation
- Contracts, Professional Responsibility and Computing Law
- Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
- Introduction to Intelligent Systems
- Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Additional options for advanced stream only (choose 1 more):

- C++ Programming
- Cognitive Neural Networks
- Human-Computer Interaction
- IT Consultancy Methods
- IT Consultancy Practice (includes work experience)
- Networks and Network Security

Optional industrial placement (8-50 weeks of paid work experience).

The options available may vary from year to year and are subject to timetabling and prerequisite constraints.
Advanced English for Academic Study may be compulsory for non-native speakers who need additional support.

Further details: http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/

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This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non-qualifying law degree, who intend to become solicitors or barristers. Read more

About the course

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non-qualifying law degree, who intend to become solicitors or barristers.
•Attendance
Delivered at weekends, this course is ideal for those in employment and who may have other commitments.
•Careers and Pro Bono
Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in an extensive range of pro bono activities.
•Teaching
Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality.
•Facilities
Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room, integrated law library and book shop.
•Location
Central UK location and attractive city centre campus.
•Pastoral Support
Excellent pastoral care and support by staff.
•E-learning
Additional online learning support provided via DMU’s Blackboard facility.

Teaching and assessment

•Lectures are available to listen to online
•Teaching sessions are held over five study weekends in the first year and four study weekends in the second year
•In addition to attending the study weekends you are able to submit mock examinations for marking.
•The seven foundation subjects are assessed by exams
•The English legal system is assessed by a piece of coursework and the additional area of study by a 5,000 word project
•You also have to complete an assessed legal research exercise and a further piece of assessed coursework

Graduate careers

This is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non - qualifying law degree who intend to become solicitors or barristers. It is recognised by the SRA and BSB as satisfying the requirements of the academic stage of training.
All students have access to our mentoring programme and can take part in pro bono activities offered.

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Transform and advance your career with this professionally accredited (Solicitors Regulation Authority/Bar Standards Board) masters degree conversion course in law (previously offered as a GDL) delivered by expert academics and practitioners from LJMU's School of Law. Read more
Transform and advance your career with this professionally accredited (Solicitors Regulation Authority/Bar Standards Board) masters degree conversion course in law (previously offered as a GDL) delivered by expert academics and practitioners from LJMU's School of Law.

-A flexible qualifying law masters degree offered with different study patterns: full time completed in 1 year on Mondays and Wednesdays, or part time completed over 2 years by day release (year 1 on Wednesdays, year 2 on Mondays)
-Full time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board. Part time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form.
-Completion of this degree will enable you to progress onto the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
-Open to non-law graduates who wish to convert a degree into a qualifying legal qualification
-Excellent preparation for a professional legal career as well as opportunities in public services and management and for those students wishing to proceed further in academia by enrolling onto a PhD

This exciting degree is designed to enable non-law graduates to gain an exempting legal qualification at masters level.
​The degree will provide you with opportunities to broaden your legal interests, while equipping you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a rewarding future in the legal profession.

Upon completion you will have developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to study on a Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and ultimately qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

It will also allow you to undertake a dissertation module in any area of law allowing you to pursue an academic career if you so wish.

​The course is presented via a mix of small and large group sessions and workshops. Large sessions will enable tutors to introduce legal topics, with opportunities for much more in-depth discussion and analysis in the small sessions and workshops. The format of these sessions will vary according to prescribed learning outcomes, with some being led by tutors and others being led by the students. Seminars, role-plays and presentations may also be used where appropriate, while directed study and reading will also play a role in the learning experience.

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Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications. Read more
Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications.

Many employers are attracted to GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market, as you offer additional skills and experience to their organisation.

This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal subjects. Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.

Features and benefits of the course

Mooting opportunities
Mooting at Manchester Law School is part of a specialised unit on the GDL course, and we have become a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. The mooting society at the law school is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams have competed at and the highest level from 2013-16 and have enjoyed regular national competition success.

Award-winning Faculty environment
Manchester Law School is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to study, housing modern lecture theatres, study zones, legal libraries and a mock courtroom. You will benefit from an award-winning Faculty building, including spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. Highly modern facilities are available to you on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.

Top quality teaching by professionals
You will be taught by experienced professionals and will receive the best possible teaching and direct access to the profession. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a real passion for their subjects.

Placement options

There are opportunities for GDL students to take part in pro bono (voluntary) work experience in a wide range of areas. Manchester Law School is continually adding to our portfolio of pro bono partners, to extend and improve the opportunities for GDL students to experience legal work first-hand.

Assessment details

You will receive informal assessment feedback from your tutors throughout the course. Your final result is based on seven end-of-year examinations, two pieces of written coursework and a moot.

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This 1 year full time course can be studied by attending either 2 full days a week Mondays and Tuesday or 4 half days a week Mondays to Thursday. Read more
This 1 year full time course can be studied by attending either 2 full days a week Mondays and Tuesday or 4 half days a week Mondays to Thursday.

The LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas:
-Property Law and Practice
-Litigation
-Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills:
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Advocacy
-Interviewing Skills
-Practical Legal Research

Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include (choose three from the following):
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an insight into the topical issues in legal practices, both nationally and internationally.

Employment opportunities

In the current market, we provide ongoing careers advice to enable you to make the most of the opportunities available.

We have longstanding links with both national and local practices which enable us to advise you on a range of options. You may start your LPC with a training contract, or find one during the year you are with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work as paralegals until the start of their training contract.

Our dedicated careers tutor for LPC students, well supported careers department and fantastic on line resources continue to be available to you with careers advice, support and guidance even after you have left us.

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This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2. The LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Read more
This 2 year part time course can be studied by attending 1 day a week, Tuesday in Year 1 and Monday in Year 2.

The LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:
Core Practice Areas
-Property Law and Practice
-Litigation
-Business Law and Practice

Five Specified legal skills:
-Writing Skills
-Drafting Skills
-Advocacy
-Interviewing Skills
-Practical Legal Research

Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include (choose three from the following):
-Corporate and Commercial Client
-Commercial Property
-Employment Law
-Family Law
-Advanced Criminal Practice
-Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
-Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an insight into the topical issues in legal practices, both nationally and internationally.

Employment opportunities

In the current market, we provide ongoing careers advice to enable you to make the most of the opportunities available.

We have longstanding links with both national and local practices which enable us to advise you on a range of options. You may start your LPC with a training contract, or find one during the year you are with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work as paralegals until the start of their training contract.

Our dedicated careers tutor for LPC students, well supported careers department and fantastic on line resources continue to be available to you with careers advice, support and guidance even after you have left us.

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