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?
In The Times Higher Education University Rankings 2018–19, we have been ranked 13th in the UK and 53rd in the World for Law.
Our conversion course is designed with high level academic input and relevant skills training at its core, preparing you to think analytically and logically about legal problems, to think laterally, to formulate and present persuasive arguments and to communicate precisely. You also have the opportunity to take part in skills competitions such as: client interviewing, mooting and negotiating.
The Sussex GDL offers the rare opportunity for a law conversion course to undertake a dissertation project. This allows you to work with our leading lawyers to research and write in-depth about a subject of your choice.
How will I study?
You’ll learn through core modules. Assessment includes exams, essays and a dissertation.
In addition to the learning opportunities and skills competitions noted above Sussex, as a leading academic law school, offers students the opportunity to engage with visiting speakers and to benefit from traditional, high-quality , face-to-face teaching as part of a relatively small, select, GDL cohort.
Our conversion course helps to prepare you for a future career as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional. At both Law School and University levels there are opportunities to engage with expert careers specialists to guide you.
If you choose not to pursue one of these routes, graduate level law skills may be useful for a range of other opportunities, for example:
-Business and finance
-Intellectual Property (e.g. Patent and Trademark) work