Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) / Common Professional Examination (CPE)

University of Sussex School of Law, Politics and Sociology

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Full time September PgDip 10 months full time

About the course

This highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track year-long qualification offers graduate level legal studies to students who already possess a degree in a non-law subject. Our conversion course, known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) meets the academic stage requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and can set you on the road to a legal career. 

In addition to the theory, you’ll be able to hone your legal practice skills with the potential chance to enter local, national and international competitions, to enhance your curriculum vitae and widen your professional network.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • Our conversion course is designed with high level academic input and relevant skills training at its core, preparing

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Entry Requirements

- You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.
- Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

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Student Profile(s)

Kevin Danagher

"After taking some time to broaden my horizons through work and travel, I decided to go back to my studies and enroll on the Common Professional Examination (CPE) at Sussex University. University of Sussex had a first rate reputation in my chosen course and did not disappoint.

"My post graduate degree at Sussex University has set me up for my current role as a family solicitor. I also met a number of friends that I remain in contact today, many are also working in various roles in the legal profession."


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