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Common Professional Exam - GDL

Course Description

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.

Visit the Common Professional Exam - GDL page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

Iwona Bosche

3064.jpg Iwona, what did you enjoy about studying the CPE course at London Met?

I enjoyed being a student again after fourteen years since my last degree. The teachers were engaging, personable, and generous with extra advice.

The CPE is an intensive conversion course. How did you find the pace of study?

Indeed, very intense. Right from the start there is a wealth of knowledge that you have to absorb. It was a shock at first, but I seemed to adjust to the pace within a couple of months. Just as well – exams come very quickly on this course!

Winning the Lady Oliver Mooting Cup must have been a proud moment. How did you get involved in mooting and did you enjoy the

The moment I learnt about the possibility of mooting at London Met, I wanted to take part in it. Partly because it is - in some ways - similar to performing on stage, but mostly because I knew I wanted to be a barrister and mooting is an invaluable practice for future advocacy. There is a lot of preparation involved in the process and it was a good and important lesson in how to
employ a detailed legal and factual analysis in a courtroom scenario. I was lucky to have the help and guidance of an expert and helpful mooting master, Barrie Goldstone. This prepared me well for my advocacy lessons on the Bar course.

You’re now training to be a barrister; what attracted you to that particular role?

Being a barrister combines the knowledge with the ‘hands on involvement’ in each case. And, as I mentioned before, being a barrister involves an element of performance.

What was your best moment at London Met?

I think it is amazing that we had Lord Reed judge at the Moot final. It was a privilege to be able to meet him and to receive his feedback after the competition.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a career in law?

Read the health warning! But seriously, make sure that law is what you want to do, and when you are sure, be prepared to work very hard.

(Student Profile)

Loan Nguyen

3065.jpg Loan, why did you apply to study at London Met?

I decided to study at London Met as it provided the course that matched the academic and professional area I had been pursuing. Moreover, the University offers a wide range of scholarships and funding programs for international students. I myself was awarded
the London Met/International Students House scholarship, which covered full tuition fees and accommodation for the whole course here in London.

Where did you live in London when you were studying?

I was fortunate to live in International Students House (ISH) based near Regent’s Park, a very central location in London. I had the chance to meet many new friends there from different universities and learned a lot from their diverse cultures.

Did you apply for the course while you were in Vietnam? Was the application process easy?

Yes I did. I found the application process fairly easy and simple. All the procedures were implemented online, which saved me a lot of time.

What has been your best experience in London?

I personally love all the parks here – one of the very best assets of London. They are simply gorgeous all year round. I would say running in Regent’s Park in yellow fall or rosy summer has been my best ever experience in London!

Did you find part-time work while you were studying?

Yes I did. With the excellent support from the Careers Service and Employment Agency at London Met, I managed to get some part-time work with the University during my time here such as research assistant and events assistant.

What advice would you give to those wanting to study abroad in London?

Well, I would tell them London has a lot more to offer than just a place to study. I believe what they would achieve would not only be academic expertise, but also new friends, new experiences. As London has been voted the most desirable place to work, I’m sure prospective students would be inspired to plan their studies and career in London.


Entry Requirements

A UK first degree at 2.2 or above (applicants who do not hold a UK first degree must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from either the Solicitors Regulation Authority (tel: +44 (0)370 606 2555) or The Bar Council (tel: +44 (0)20 7242 0082)). All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

Last Updated

09 December 2016

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