Taught course

CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law

Brunel University, London · Politics, History and the Brunel Law School

Entry requirements

•A UK first or second class (2:1) Honours degree or internationally recognised qualification in an academic discipline other than Law. •Applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree or internationally recognised qualification will be assessed on an individual basis by the CPE Director and an interview may be required. •Applicants who hold other qualifications and/or have substantial relevant professional work experience will be considered on an individual basis and in such cases an interview may be required by the CPE Director.

CPE Graduate- Diploma

Months of entry


Course content

The CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law programme has become an established and widely recognised route into both branches of the legal profession. The Joint Academic Stage Board externally validates the programme, which is specifically designed to enable non-law graduates to satisfy the academic stage of the process of legal training, thereby enabling successful students to embark on a vocational training course with a view to entering the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. Following successful completion of the Diploma, students are eligible to progress to either the Legal Practice Course for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course for those wishing to qualify at the Bar. Brunel Law School is one of the few London ‘Law Schools’ to offer this programme. The programme covers the core modules that constitute a qualifying Law degree (and therefore exemption from the academic stage of legal training) in an accelerated format.

Students enjoy many benefits studying with us:
* A vibrant, friendly academic community with students and staff from the UK and over 100 countries.
* An outstanding reputation for research: 50% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest RAE.
* Students are encouraged to take an active part the activities of our seven research groups and centres, producing cutting edge knowledge of specialist legal subjects. The Centres host compelling international seminars and conferences which our students take part in.
* Robust student support services including a dedicated law study skills tutor and free in-sessional English language support for international students.
* A dedicated law library with access to online resources such as Hein onLine, Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw.
* Access to our award-winning Placement and Careers Centre for professional development support, which enhances the School's impressively high graduate employment rate.
* Study in a London law school situated on a campus-based university featuring over 100 clubs and societies, some of the best sports facilities of any university in the city, and competitively priced, modern on-campus accommodation.
* Participation in a network of leaders in industry and academia and our growing international alumni network.

Information for international students

From 1st July 2014, if your degree is from an institution outside the UK and Ireland, you will no longer need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority and/or the Bar Standards Board.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,400 f/t £4700 p/t
International students
£14,100 f/t £7050 p/t

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations70
Written coursework / continuous assessment30

Course contact details

PG enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599