Taught course

Law Conversion Course - Legal Studies

London South Bank University · Law

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK2.2 classification.Exceptionally, favourable consideration will be given to those with a third class honours undergraduate degree or its equivalent, after having taken into account the applicant's work experience, other relevant experience and circumstances together with the applicant's commitment to the course. Please note however that by virtue of the regulations of the Bar Standards Board, students with a third class honours degree or its equivalent are not eligible to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course.

Months of entry


Course content

*PLEASE NOTE: This application is for the Part Time mode only. If you would like to apply for the Full Time mode, please apply through the Central Applications Board website: www.lawcabs.ac.uk*

A conversion course for non-law graduates aiming for a professional career in law. The course satisfies all the requirements of the professional bodies (represented by the Joint Academic Stage Board). On successfully completing the CPE you are eligible to enter the Legal Practice Course (for intending solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for intending barristers), which has some additional entry requirements including an aptitude test and English language proficiency
The course begins with an introductory module covering the fundamental aspects of the English legal system. This is followed by a range of more specific modules and a project dealing with an area of law, of the student's choosing, that is not covered elsewhere in the course. The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors most of whom are solicitors or barristers.

Classes consist of a mixture of lectures and smaller group meetings where exam technique and problem solving approaches are practiced. The course is well supported by online materials and search resources, which can be accessed off-campus.

Unlike a Graduate Diploma in Law our PgDip Legal Studies+CPE is a postgraduate level qualification, students successfully completing the course will accumulate sufficient postgraduate credits to be eligible to submit for the further award of LLM by dissertation. The LLM is an optional qualification additional to your Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies. To obtain the LLM you must successfully complete a supervised 15,000 word dissertation for which preparation has already been undertaken by your successful completion of the project module forming part of the programme leading to the PgDip Legal Studies+CPE. The Masters dissertation is usually submitted in the semester following completion of the PgDip Legal Studies+CPE. You will not be required to attend classes when researching and writing your dissertation and you will therefore be able to enrol on the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course in the September following the successful completion of the PgDip in Legal Studies.

Overseas graduates and mature applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree from a UK or Irish university must obtain a certificate of academic standing from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (for intending solicitors) or from the Bar Standards Board (for intending barristers).

Information for international students

You may have to demonstrate proficiency in English. This can be evidenced by an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOFL score of 580 (print based)or a score of 90 (internet-based or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
20 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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