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Law Common Professional Examination PGDip

Course Description

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!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the award are as set out in the CPE Rules .These are published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are accessible on their web-site at: View Website See course description for further admission details.

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