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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    26 February 2018

Course content

A speedy route for graduates (and others with appropriate qualifications) to gain two valuable Law awards, the GDL and the LLB (CPE), and complete the academic stage of legal training, in 2 years. This is a much quicker 'route' to obtaining a law award than the LLB which normally takes 3 years (full-time) or 4 years + (part-time).

Note: For the purposes of completion of the academic stage of training, and progression to the vocational stage of legal training, a person who has completed the GDL programme is in the same position as a person with a LLB/qualifying law degree.

Course content

Part-Time Day
Attendance with 4 subjects a year over 2 years

Graduates from the Staffordshire Law School CPE/GDL get two awards:
-The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), in line with other CPE providers.
-The University’s LLB (CPE) (Hons), based on entrants’ acquisition of 120 credits on entry, and 240 credits on completion of the programme’s eight modules. The award is a non-qualifying law degree.

There is a comprehensive induction programme which allows the student to gain an understanding of the English legal system, and introduces essential legal skills.

It then consists of the 'Foundation' subjects, namely:
-Criminal Law
-Contract and Problem Solving
-Tort Law and Civil Remedies
-European Union Law
-Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies
-Constitutional and Administrative Law
-Property Law and Application

An important skills development session is also included on an 'Introduction to Legal Sources'.

The programme includes directed study and library-based exercises and tasks.

Other admission requirements

Entrants must satisfy minimum entry requirements as laid down by the Law professional bodies. This means the entrant must normally:
a) be a ‘graduate’, as defined in those rules;
b) have Alternative Standing (as required by the CPE Rules).

CPE Rules: Reference must be made to the CPE Rules for detailed entry requirements, including English language requirements; the scope for entry by mature students; rules on time limits completion of the award; deferral; transfers; maximum number of attempts at assessments, etc.

Visit the Law Common Professional Examination PGDip page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!





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